Bought the wrong stuff, Lacquer insted of Poly. Any one use Lacquer?

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Blog entry by Pete_Jud posted 05-08-2009 06:19 AM 1947 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to the hardware store in town yesterday and bought a can of Deft brand Lacquer by mistake instead of poly. I thought I would try deft brand poly instead of the only other satin poly that they had (ACE). I did read the back of the can, and picked up some lacquer thinner to clean the brush. When I bought the thinner I should have thought something was not right. I got it to the shop and got it mixed and started applying. The first thing I noticed was that the VOC’s where much stronger than the MinWax Poly’s that I use. I also noticed that the recoat time was only 2 hrs. 6 coats in one day, and sanding with 600 between coats it is a “wow” finish.

Now I can remember as a kid people using lacquer, but don’t know much about it. Any one else use it.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#1 posted 05-08-2009 06:34 AM

I used lacquer many times it lends it self to spraying better than brushing because it drys so fast usually you need a reducer to be able to brush it well . but you can re-coat and sand in between coats and even us it as a toner with a little color thrown in.


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#2 posted 05-08-2009 07:15 AM

I have used laquer for years and it’s a good finish..I have used 2 different kinds..1 is a bartop laquer which in my opinion is a little tougher and a little more water resilient..and the other is a production laquer which has a more amber tint to it and is not quite as durable.. I cut them 2 to 1 with thinner and like a1Jim says use a retarder to slow drying time and allow the finish to lay down clean.. be very careful though for on various pourous woods such as red oak.. it will tend to blister if your not careful and it dries too fast..I usually spray 2 or 3 coats of sanding sealer first, knocking them down between each coat before actually spraying the has worked well for me and I usually get a glass smooth’s also extremely flammable so use pleanty of ventilation and a respirator too

-- Randall Child

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#3 posted 05-08-2009 07:22 AM

This stuff has “Brushing Lacquer” on the front label, I don’t do much spraying, cleanup time vs a brush is so much longer.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#4 posted 05-08-2009 04:33 PM

I use it all the time, more durable than poly and easier to repair.

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