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Posted on Buffing thru Lacquer & Stain Shelf Life

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#1 posted 05-31-2019 05:39 PM

Rich/Davevand, thanks for the quick. To answer some of your questions:

1. I sprayed one coat of shellac and sanded.

2. The box is walnut cremation urn. I sprayed 4 coats of lacquer, sanded, rubbed down & waxed. I spray only a couple times a year in my workshop which is part of my home. When spraying, I have a method to isolate the shop and exhaust it.

3. Obviously, I also was surprised at buffing thru the finish and, as stated, never had this experience before. I use a 1/4”Dia flexible shaft carving hand piece to mount the buffer which is foot controlled & can go up to 26,000rpm. Although it is difficult to keep at a constant speed, I try to keep it at less than half way. I normally use a 4” dia buffer but tried a new 5” dia. It worked fine until I decided to try to get into a shallow rabbet by turning the buffer on edge. I believe that higher tip speed and my lack of control produced the result.

4. I was using an aerosol lacquer from Watco and then Behlen, both satisfactory. I live in Baton Rouge, LA and can only find Watco, Deft and Minwax locally. When I used Behlen, it was mail order. But you can bet from now on, it will be Mohawk or Behlen which I now see are both owned by the same entity – Mohawk or vice versa.

5. The wax is Black Bison & silicon free. I use it solely because it is a wax that takes a high speed/hard pressure buffing to produce a great finish.

6. I will have to buy some Naphtha.

Thanks again.

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