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Forum topic by BubingaBill posted 06-17-2014 08:54 PM 1121 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-17-2014 08:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut finishing

I’m new to using lacquer and I don’t know what you do after the finish is dry? I sprayed a satin finish if that matters. I don’t know if I should wax it or what?
Any suggestions?
Oh, this is a walnut pool cue case.

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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Mark Kornell

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#1 posted 06-18-2014 02:00 AM

You are done. Lacquer is intended to be a final finish.

Wax it if you like, but make sure the lacquer is completely cured first. Wax can give it a softer feel, but it doesn’t add anything in terms of protection.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#2 posted 06-18-2014 01:10 PM

If you sprayed then I hope you put several coats on. After the third – fifth coat I will sand with P400 sandpaper to level any imperfections. When you sand depends on how thick each coat is. My coats tend to be on the thin side, so more coats between sandings.

If you want the look, after about 15 coats and sandings then rub out the finish with 1000 to 10,000 grit automobile finish paste.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#3 posted 06-18-2014 05:22 PM

Thanks guys!

I did about 5 coats on this box and didn’t sand at all. I think it looks great as is and my wife was blown away with the look of this finish versus the poly I was using before.
Here is how it turned out. So far…

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#4 posted 06-20-2014 08:12 PM

Good looking case. The nice thing about lacquer is that the solvents in the lacquer itself will “melt” into each coat so that the coats all merge so to speak, I like the fact that it lays out nice and smooth like glass when applied properly. I use 000 steel wool between coats (only buy made in usa as imported stuff has oils in it) I also use a magnet with a paper towel wrapped around it to ensure I am getting any steel fibers off the surface.

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#5 posted 06-21-2014 02:05 AM

Nice case! Got to love lacquer. I also love how it yellows with age. I have a knotty pine book case that I built 20+ years old that is just gorgeous. You can spray a couple coats on a project and wet sand lacquer just like a car and get a glass-smooth finish (if you didn’t get it to flow right during the spray finish process). I’ve sanded and even polished lacquer on wood with automotive finishes all the way through 2000 grit on some projects. You can wipe on both poly and lacquer to get the finish you want. I’ve had excellent results with Minwax satin poly, wiping it on using an old handkerchief, with many coats, too btw.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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