Deft lacquer - desktop after rubout is ploy-able

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Forum topic by Matt Vredenburg posted 08-26-2013 02:50 PM 1323 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt Vredenburg

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08-26-2013 02:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lacquer question

I sprayed 3 coats of deft gloss lacquer, scuff sanding in between, I would call the finish thicker then I wanted though. I then waited 2 weeks and started to rubout the finish using 400/600 using soapy water. Looking at the finish now, it looks good, but when I put my finger nail on the finish is mars the finish and I also tested a piece of paper with a pencil – that marred the finish as well.

I am concerned that this wont cure properly for a desktop. Need some recommendations on what you think.

Also, if I was going to take the finish back and recoat, what process do you recommend?

-- Matt, Arizona

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Bill White

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#1 posted 08-26-2013 03:16 PM

Matt, ya may have to wait a bit longer to see if the Deft will fully cure.
Was the finish thinned?
Important note about any finishing:
Don’t push the process. Dry vs: cure are operative words.


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#2 posted 08-26-2013 03:33 PM


Bill is correct, Deft is a nitrocellous lacquer, and they take a while to cure down 3 or 4 weeks is not uncommon, especially with a good build of finish.

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#3 posted 08-26-2013 03:48 PM

Spraying thee coats of lacquer is not what I would call a huge build up. Is the humidity high where you live? How old was the lacquer? Did you stir it well before loading to the sprayer? When you scuff sanded did you get the white powder on the surface?
Oh crap, I posted AFTER CharlesNeil….....whatever he said…...mea culpa.

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#4 posted 08-26-2013 04:00 PM

I love Deft lacquer, but I would have used poly for a desk top.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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