Will denatured alcohol remove laquer?

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Forum topic by mporter posted 09-17-2014 09:37 PM 1095 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2014 09:37 PM

Laquer that is fully dry? Will a rub down with denatured alcohol remove it?

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 10:15 PM

Not likely. Acetone will, but be VERY careful ‘cause it can be explosive in a confined area.


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#2 posted 09-17-2014 11:05 PM

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 11:28 PM

Let me be more clear. I DONT want to remove the lacquer. I am using denatured alcohol to remove something else on my projects. I want to make sure it’s not removing the lacquer too.

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#4 posted 09-17-2014 11:30 PM

It can surely change the sheen in that area, and/or possibly leave rag marks in the finish.
Why don’t you post what your trying to remove that is on the lacquer and you will probably get better answers for what to or not to use.

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 01:49 AM

I’d be cautious about using denatured alcohol to cleaned a lacquered surface. Lacquer thinner often contains methanol, a primary constituent in denatured alcohol. The denatured alcohol may soften the lacquer, or change its sheen, even if it doesn’t remove the finish entirely. Bottom line? I’d opt for mineral spirits or naphtha as a cleaner, rather than denatured alcohol. They’re much safer.

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#6 posted 09-18-2014 02:12 AM

Ok, thanks for you help.

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#7 posted 09-18-2014 02:16 AM

What are you trying to remove? I’d go with what will tackle that and nothing more aggressive just to be sure you’re not over shooting to the point of removing the lacquer.

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#8 posted 09-21-2014 01:27 AM

DNA will not dissolve cured solvent lacquer. It’s a good choice for something difficult to remove. Do not use acetone though.

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