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Blog entry by mcoyfrog posted 08-28-2018 07:01 PM 951 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So for many years I’ve used minwax poly for most all of my finish on projects. Recently here in Idaho the home depot stopped carrying the minwax product because Lowes got the full contract or something like that.

I’ve never been a big fan of Lowe’s I don’t know why I just always feel more at ease in home depot. I’ve been thinking of changing my finishing process or actually adding to my list of experience LOL, by using a lacquer instead of the poly and since i’m not a fan of Lowe’s i can get the brand that HD sells. Plus lacquer products seem to be less expensive then poly products.

So can anybody give me some tips on using a spray can lacquer, I would really appreciate it. I’ll still use the wipe-on poly for my main projects but i have a wooden pet urn that I make for a local place here that I make 50-80 units per month and I need a quick fast spray type of finish.

Anyway I look forward to chatting with you all. Thanks Doug

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug



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kevinw

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#1 posted 08-28-2018 07:46 PM

I like spray poly quite a bit. You do want to be sure and wear a high-quality cannister mask. You don’t want to be breathing those fumes. If possible have a source of air coming into the room or an open door to the outside. Lacquer isn’t as hard as poly, so it rubs out with steel wool more easily. I would recommend Deft brand if HD carries it.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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mcoyfrog

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#2 posted 08-28-2018 09:26 PM

Thanks Kevin, I always wear canister mask when I’m spraying I don’t need anymore dead brain cells LOL. I didn’t realize lacquer was thinner, good to know.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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GWhit

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#3 posted 08-29-2018 01:35 AM

I always use DEFT lacquer, I don’t think any other lacquer comes close to the quality of deft. Try it and I’m sure you’ll wonder why you used poly,, FAST drying and good finish Gordon

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000

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#4 posted 08-29-2018 01:38 AM

If your making 50-80 a month you should not be using rattle cans.
Why aren’t you using a paint gun?

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Rich

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#5 posted 08-29-2018 01:44 AM

^^^^ +1 on getting a spray gun.

It won’t help you at Lowe’s, but Mohawk aerosol lacquers are premium products. Non-catalyzed, pre-cat, pretty much any type and sheen you could want. I use Sher-Wood pre-cat in my Fuji sprayer, but for touch-up aerosols, I go with the Mohawk. You can order with very reasonable shipping from magicwoodrepair.com.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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mcoyfrog

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#6 posted 08-29-2018 01:40 PM

Thanks all

jbay & Rich – I’ve got a spray room just about ready to build on to my shop (waiting un a bit more funds) then I’ll be getting a spray gun but I’m still working in my 2car garage and with the tear down and set up from sanding to clear coating it just takes that much more time to have to clean the gun after every use added to my time LOL yeah i’m lazy. But yes I agree I need to get moved into the big boy arena and use a gun.

What i was wondering was is there any tips that might be different from using lacquer vs poly

Anyway thanks again for all the comments it very helpful .

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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000

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#7 posted 08-29-2018 02:29 PM

When using lacquer, you have to move pretty fast. Depending on how large of project your spraying, sometimes after you spray three sides when you get to the fourth side you may get over spray on the first side.
(Could make it feel rough) You just have to be a little more methodical with your process.

On a side note, I know your not ready for this yet, but I use a 2 1/2 gal. pressure pot. I pick up the gun and spray then set it down, can come back a week later, stir the pot, start spraying again. The only time I have to clean anything is when the tip starts clogging up. You could probably find a pot, hose and gun kit for around 150.00.
I use the pre cat lacquer, 2 coats is plenty.

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Rich

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#8 posted 08-29-2018 02:52 PM

Even without a pressure pot (I don’t do the volume jbay does), with a siphon gun you can go days without cleaning, just stir and shoot. That’s the advantage of a siphon gun versus gravity feed, since with gravity feed all of the flattener settles and can’t be brought back into suspension.

I do keep a spare cup for the occasions I need to flush the gun. I just remove the cup with lacquer, put the spare cup on with some acetone and spray.

Regarding overspray, I either go back and wet it, which reflows the surface, or when I find areas that have a dusty look to them later on I use some Mohawk No Blush which is just a very slow evaporating solvent that reflows the surface and leaves it smooth.

-- Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill. -- Shinichi Suzuki

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mcoyfrog

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#9 posted 08-30-2018 01:52 PM

AWESOME guys thanks for the info, I never got a gun because I thought it had to be cleaned every use, this makes me happy as a hog woot woot. Now I’m gonna have to find some $$ to finish up the plans on my spray room Yeeeeesssssssss

Thanks for the info on technique also, its most appreciated.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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