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Forum topic by Jon1094 posted 06-19-2012 11:19 AM 918 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2012 11:19 AM

Hey everyone. I have about ten coats of minwax laquer on a chess board. I rubbed the finish to a high gloss and it has been sitting for about two weeks now. I put the weighted pieces on last night and, in the morning, when I took them off, they had settled into the finish a bit. The leather bottoms had made an imprint into the finish. Needless to say, I repolished it. How long do I let the finish cure or harden before I can use it?

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#1 posted 06-19-2012 12:18 PM

If you brushed it on, it probably is so thick you may be looking at a couple months. In the guitar world, when someone puts on a sprayed poly finish, it is not unusual for it to cure in a proper environment for 6-8 weeks before final assembly.

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#2 posted 06-19-2012 03:25 PM

+1 on Paul’s perspective … 10 coats, especially brushed on will take a LONG time to thoroughly dry. Leave the piece where it has good air circulation around it, and OUT OF direct sunlight. It most likely will take weeks, if not months to thoroughly dry to the core, and any time you place an object on the surface, you are impeding the evaporation of solvents flashing off as they rise to the surface.

Don’t bother with final rubbing or polishing until it is completely dry … you will probably need to do it again at that point in time.

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#3 posted 06-19-2012 05:30 PM

Wow. 10 coats? Why so many (especially if brushed on)? Just wondering.

It sounds like you’ve got a pretty long wait in front of you. I don’t know how long you waited between each coat; so, that could make a big difference as well.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 06:00 PM

When I made a piano bench top that required a mirror finish, I waited a month before flattening and polishing it.

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#5 posted 06-19-2012 07:00 PM

ten coats is alot, usually you only hear about that many coats in boat building…

usually unless i use a heavy pigment stain my lacquer cures within 24-48 hours.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#6 posted 06-20-2012 02:19 AM

I think too many coats too quickly keeps the finish from curing/drying. I’ve had the same experience and I can tell you that putting it in the sun to hasten curing is a BIG mistake (bubbles the size of grapes).

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