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Posted on Buffing thru Lacquer & Stain Shelf Life

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#1 posted 06-01-2019 04:07 PM

Ron, the sort of polisher you used is really not the best choice for buffing out a finish. If you have it in your budget to spend a little over $100, check out a Porter Cable 73xx sander/buffer/polisher. It’s a very versatile tool that can do aggressive sanding, wet sanding with Abralon pads down to 2000 grit and higher, it has buffing and polishing heads available as well. Its variable speed motor covers any sanding/polishing situation.

It’s what I use on my table tops. As I described above, I start with 10-12 coats of gloss lacquer (you’d need more with aerosol) and then wet sand starting at 400. When I achieve the sheen I’m looking for I apply carnauba wax and put on the wool buffing pad and buff away. The dual action gives a virtually swirl-free finish.

Home Depot sells the model 7346. It comes with a 6” peel and stick face. It’s much better to swap it out for a hook and loop option which you can do for a few bucks on Amazon. The unit accepts any 5/16-24 attachments.

Also, you mentioned an interest in Mohawk lacquer. Westlund Distributing sells it for an excellent price (under $6 per can) and they carry the full lineā€”pre-cat and regular nitro-cellulose, and in all of the sheens from dead flat to gloss. Shipping is a flat rate and is very reasonable.

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