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Posted on Buffing thru Lacquer & Stain Shelf Life

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#1 posted 05-31-2019 03:49 PM

I am not a finishing expert, but I use lacquer a lot. I never sand between coats unless I need to remove some imperfections, lacquer, like shellac redissolves the finish and creates a single coat of lacquer. Poly needs to be sanded between coats because it is a film and each coat is a separate film built up for the finish.
My go to finish is 3-4 light coats of shellac (no need to sand between coats) let dry for several days, sand smooth, then 5-6 light coats of lacquer, again no need to sand between coats. Lets this dry for several days before I buff it out.
What kind of wax did you use? Silicone in it? If so it will be very hard to get all the wax off and will cause fish eye in your finish. I would wipe it down several time with mineral spirits then sand the finish well and start over with shellac.
If the stain dried completely, it should be fine.
The way I test an old finish is to put a few drops or wipe some on a piece of glass, let sit over night. If it dries and is hard I will use it, if it is soft or not dried I toss it.

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