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Forum topic by dansnow posted 01-19-2014 04:16 AM 878 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dansnow

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01-19-2014 04:16 AM

Usually I use Lowe’s Valspar clear spray lacquer both gloss and satin for my projects. However I just found that my local store no longer carriers the satin. I have a project almost due for delivery and need to find an alternative. I tested it on a scrap piece and it seems to be okay, just takes a bit longer to dry than the valspar. Urethane doesn’t work well in my unheated shop, so that’s not really an option.

Just wondering what folks think of it.

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts


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jumbojack

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 04:35 AM

I use it all the time. I prefer the satin over the gloss. You will love the Deft Lacquer.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 01-19-2014 04:36 AM

Also, just noticed we are neighbors. Im in Carmichael.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 01-19-2014 04:37 AM

+1 What JJ said. All of my projects have been finished with either Gloss or Satin. Check ‘em out if you like.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 01-19-2014 06:18 AM

Dan, I use the Deft Satin spray lacquer on all of my smaller projects and my frames. I usually use 4 coats and can get it done with about 20 to 30 min. between coats….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 01-19-2014 06:54 AM

+1 Jumbojack, I have used others but Deft is the best I have used!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 07:29 AM

+1jumbojack, Yep hard to use other finishes in the winter. Rattle can works well.

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 01-19-2014 09:06 PM

Usually i buy the Deft satin brushing lacquer in the quart can. I spray it from my Critter. It says on the label ‘do not spray’, but I think this is to appease the air quality folks. The Critter is an inexpensive siphon type rig. It does a great job with lacquer.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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MT_Stringer

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#8 posted 01-19-2014 09:51 PM

What jumbo jack said. I add maybe 10% lacquer thinner and spray away. Been doing it since the 80’s.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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dansnow

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#9 posted 01-20-2014 05:44 AM

So far have to say I’m pretty impressed with the stuff. Followed recommendations on the can, 4 light coats, and very pleased with the results.

Thanks for the input folks.

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#10 posted 01-21-2014 07:16 PM

Go to Ace Hardware they have it in the spray can
ZAZZ

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#11 posted 01-21-2014 08:07 PM

You might try Watco. Made by rust-oleum works great for me.

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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rrww

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#12 posted 01-21-2014 08:23 PM

I use a lot of watco its good.

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#13 posted 01-23-2014 01:44 AM

I’m finishing the first project I’ve done in many years, and things have changed a lot over those years in terms of available products. I have been trying to match the finish on my new built-in L-shaped desk to the existing built-in book case in the same room, which is finished in a matte lacquer. When I couldn’t find sprayable matte lacquer anywhere, I went with both Deft and Watco satin aerosols. I couldn’t see much difference between them, and they both went on well. The Deft is more available in my area, at places like True Value Hardware, Home Depot, etc. After a few coats, I decided the satin had too much sheen, so I finally found an aerosol product at Grizzly that is “flat”, so I’ve been putting it on for the final 1 or 2 coats to keep the sheen down a little.

I must say I am impressed with lacquer products (other than the fumes and the need for a good mask and ventilation), including the toner I sprayed (HVLP) on, and the stain after that, followed by the clear coats. I like being able to apply multiple coats of clear lacquer, with light sanding with 600 between coats, ending up with an extremely smooth surface. I have been doing all this during the wettest and coolest time of year here in the PNW, and everything seems to be fine. My garage is unheated except for a space heater I use to try to keep it to around 60 degrees. But I turn it off and ventilate the garage (with cool humid air) when spraying lacquer and for the following couple of hours before turning the heater back on.

-- Ken, Blaine Washington

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