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Ladislav

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09-08-2014 03:57 AM

Im getting in to lacquer finishes and seeking any advice ! Guns , tricks , compressors whatever could help me to learn more about lacquers and how to get nice finish! So far i did few projects and customers are pleased but im not, i knou it could be much better . Any advice please ! Thank you !

-- Viviens home reno, orlando florida


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#1 posted 09-08-2014 03:20 PM

My first suggestion would be to invest in a good quality HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) spray system with at least a three stage turbine. Secondly, most problems related to the application of lacquer pertain to the drying time which, as you know, is normally very fast. If you add some slow thinner, often called a “retarder” to your finish, you can avoid problems related to dry spray and orange peel. Just be aware that adding a slow reducer will also give the lacquer more time to run, sag and collect dust. When I was first learning to spray lacquer, I found that adding extra thinner helped a lot. You’ll get thinner coats with each application that way, but each coat dries in seconds to minutes. Finally, experiment on either a scrap piece of wood or a piece of furniture that is of little value until you’re pleased with the results. Hope this helps.

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#2 posted 09-08-2014 11:19 PM

Thank you for reply , i end up aplying clear after one coat of base and one coeat of top coat , tryied my best but even after 3 coats of top coat i didnt like the cheap look of the finish , clear coat i gues is thinner that paint so it goes on nicer and plus give lil yelovish tone to white colour which i like , less owerspray and dry spots with clear also ,

-- Viviens home reno, orlando florida

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#3 posted 09-09-2014 01:37 AM

Wet , clear coat ower

the white top coat , i like

-- Viviens home reno, orlando florida

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#4 posted 09-09-2014 01:39 AM

Dry , looks nice im happy with it , and so relived i was able to get it to work cause was stresssing out couple of days

-- Viviens home reno, orlando florida

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#5 posted 09-09-2014 01:50 AM

Is that lacquer over what kind of paint and did you sand the paint before the lacquer?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 09-09-2014 01:54 AM

Its lacquer clear lacquer white top coat , at the store they told me not to clear it after last coat of white but i think it looks much better this way , yes i sand it but just light scuff

-- Viviens home reno, orlando florida

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#7 posted 09-09-2014 01:55 AM

Sorry clear lacquer ower white lacquer top coat

-- Viviens home reno, orlando florida

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#8 posted 09-09-2014 02:08 AM

Thanks. It looks great.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#9 posted 09-09-2014 02:15 AM

Thank you

-- Viviens home reno, orlando florida

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#10 posted 09-09-2014 03:40 AM

Glad you worked it out. I’m getting ready to do the same thing over black.
I use pressure pots for spraying.

-- Because I'm gone, that's why!

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#11 posted 09-09-2014 04:59 AM

Nice work.

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#12 posted 09-09-2014 09:23 PM

Never used preassure pats , but was looking in to turbine spray sistems may be better than 26 gal comp

-- Viviens home reno, orlando florida

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#13 posted 06-20-2015 11:41 AM

If your spraying in your shop use pre cat lacquer with a gravity feed gun, If your spraying on sight use an HVLP system with pre cat lacquer. If your spraying table tops use a conversion varnish. The compressor size would be based on how long your run is to the spray booth and how many people are using the air at one time. An 80 gallon is usually a good starting. If you work alone and the compressor is close to where you spray you can get away with a 60 gal..

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#14 posted 06-20-2015 12:38 PM

Thank you Grosa,, i only have 110 in my shop so that limit me in compressor size,biggest i could run on 110 is 33 gallon ,and basicaly its about 5 feet from my spray area ,the hose from compressor to the gun is 25 feet,maybe i be better of with shorter hose.big thing is that i never really had a good quality gun and the one im using usually is chep -spray it- gravity hvlp but i get pretty nice finish and never had any complaints on my finish on any job , im wondering what would be beter investment in my situation knowing i only have small compressor,better gun or turbine sistem?

-- Viviens home reno, orlando florida

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#15 posted 06-20-2015 12:41 PM

And i use precat lacquer,,lenmar brand ,,, always mixing colors in to undercouter and clear coating after,, if im doing color

-- Viviens home reno, orlando florida

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