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

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 05:52 AM

first sand to 150 then use sanding sealer then spray your laquer, do light coats and make sure the temp is at least 70 degrees. if you sand to fine the laquer will not stick as the surface is polished you can go to higher grits after your first few coats. i wet sand with 320 in between coats as the laquer will stick because the solvent in the laquer is melting the previous coat. try using deft, it sprays very well and is solvent based and thining is not required when using a cup gun, get a cup gun from harbor freight they are 18 bucks and i can do a exelent finish with that gun , its called the industrial model and holds 1 quart. the problem with shaker cans is you cant get the fan or volume to do a good finish and the spray cans are expensive. i have done a piano finish with a harbor freight gun. frazee, vista offer great laquer products and i prefer a laquer finish over anything else except polyester but its illeagle in the us and i am certified to spray laquer and conversion varnish here i use conversion varnish mostly because of epa regulations as we are monitored very closely how much we spray. another advantage of using laquer is that once dry you can re melt it using laquer thinner for easy cleanup. keep trying you will get it and once you do you wont use any other finish because you will be hooked. at 75 degrees i am sanding betwwen coats every half hour.

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