Brushing on Lacquer

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Forum topic by jaysonic posted 09-30-2013 01:31 AM 967 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2013 01:31 AM

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When brushing on lacquer, what is the best course of action to get the “final” finished product. What I mean is: I’ve now put 5 brushed coats on. What is the best way to finish the final coat? Do I get the finest grit sandpaper available, and sand gently? Do I buff it out? If so, what do I use for buffing? Foam pads?

I’m finding that each coat gets a little bit more rough. I want the top coat to be nice and smooth.

Any and all tips would be much appreciated!
Thank you!


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#1 posted 09-30-2013 01:59 AM

sand between each coat with 220 paper. After the final coat use 0000 steel wool and gently rub it out. You need to smooth the surface before you apply that final coat. Use a block in that paper. gently sand. be cautious with the corners or you might go through the finish and have another problem. After the lacquer cure well wax it and use it. That is what we were taught back in high school. I still have some pieces that look as good as new. 2-3 coats is all it takes. You might want to thin the lacquer. This all depends on the temperature and humidity in you area.

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#2 posted 09-30-2013 03:25 AM

This article gives a pita way of creating a gorgeous finish…

If I’m not satisfied with a piece after lacquer alone… I wet sand with 400, steel wool, tack cloth, and then apply 2 coats of Briwax rubbed out to a soft sheen that feels incredible to the touch :)

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#3 posted 09-30-2013 01:50 PM

Thank you, both of you! I’m very happy with the way it is turning out now. I really should look into the HVLP sprayer though. Sounds expensive to get in to.

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#4 posted 10-05-2013 12:59 AM

I don’t have spray equipment but I did do some research on it. It appears the cheapest and possibly easiest way of starting out is with a turbine and spray gun. The downside of a turbine is that you can’t use it to run other air powered tools.

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