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Posted on 'Japanning' using Dupli-color engine enamel - what did I do wrong?

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#1 posted 03-15-2015 08:17 PM

I would like to try japanning for real at some point, but I am hoping to get the paint working ok for this project. When I try it, I’m going to use the info in your blog – it was excellent. How well does japanning last once you mix it? Can you keep it in a sealed jar?

I had a little better luck with the dupli-color this afternoon. I stripped the pad saw handle and wire-wheeled the crap out of it, trying to do a better job than last time. Then I hit it with 2-3 light coats with about 5 minutes in between each, and then a couple of heavier coats. This time I was shooting it and leaving it hanging in the warm sun, about 72 degrees F, and 60% humidity. It’s still drying, but it looks a lot glossier than before. Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll post again when I get everything finalized.

I know the photo looks like it’s got some blue in the finish, but that’s the glossiness reflecting the sky. Hope it continues to look about like this once it’s fully dried.

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