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Forum topic by Eric posted 01-09-2015 12:05 AM 697 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2015 12:05 AM

I need to finish an entertainment stand before February and I live in cold Indiana. Workshop is in the garage which CAN be warmed to reasonable temps.

Usually I spray with HLVP gun but I’m NOT going to open a freezing cold door or window for ventilation. Would brushing the lacquer have any benefit? I’d still have lacquer fumes. No matter what I do, I think wear a mask, spray/brush and run outta there. haha

any suggestions?

-- Eric

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#1 posted 01-09-2015 02:28 AM

I know someone who blew up a house by finishing the floors with lacquer. Cold night, heater thermostat closed, creating a spark. Whoosh, windows blew out into the yard.
Just saying.

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#2 posted 01-09-2015 05:11 AM

You can brush lacquer and you can indeed do it in the cold. But you’ll need to use a brushing lacquer (Deft makes one for instance) or at least stick a retarder in your normal lacquer.

Even with brushing lacquer you’ll need at least a little ventilation because of the smell. I wouldn’t worry too much about blowing up your garage. Lacquer thinner evaporates quickly. That being said, don’t have any open flames next to your lacquer soaked brush.

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#3 posted 01-09-2015 10:09 AM

I have a room off my garage/shop that was built by the previous owner he insulated it and the room also has my well pressure tank in it so I have to heat ti in the winter time so the tank piping doesn’t freeze.I use one of those electric oil filled radiators it work great no flame to worry about and the good thing for me the room is large enough I can use it as a finishing room in the winter so you mite try something like that I also use a lot of Deft finishes which is lacquer based can you put up a temporary area using some Styrofoam 4X8 sheet insulation to do your project then just take it down and save it till you need it again? just a thought.

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#4 posted 01-09-2015 12:39 PM

Your situation is why I stopped using precat lacquer and switched to waterbornes. Target Coatings EM6000 is a waterborne lacquer that is difficult to tell the difference from solvent lac after cure. They recommend 65° min room temp, but I’ve sprayed it in the mid 50’s. I used a radiant heater to warm the wood, and hot water to warm the finish a little before spraying. Delivery time and learning to use it may eat up all of your time unfortunately. For something large like an entertainment center, it would be difficult to brush – could be done but lap marks may prevail. I use Transtint dye to tint all of the target coatings.

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 02:24 AM

The house that I referred to that blew up was ignited by the tiny spark in the thermostat of a heater, not any kind of open flame. Would not matter what kind of heater; ir radiant, convection, oil filled, or what have you. If it has a thermostat that cycles on and off, it could set off an action some manufacturers refer to as “rapid dis-assembly while venting with flame”

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