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Posted on Rattle Can Lacquer: What Am I Doing Wrong?

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 02:00 AM

First off, 600 grit on raw wood is probably too fine for lacquer. 180 should be good, 220 at most. It needs the fine scratches for adhesion. Higher grits will work for subsequent coats.

To avoid orange peel, the material needs to atomize a little more. Try holding the tip further from the workpiece and spray lighter coats. Clean the tip after each use by spraying it upside down for a few seconds.

Also, temperature seems to be a factor. If your project, the spray can and the ambient temperature are very far apart in temperature, that can also cause problems. Let them all come to the same temperature before starting.

You can’t thin or reduce a spray can, so it is made to operate at more ideal temperatures. Too cold or too hot will end up with poor results.

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