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Forum topic by edwardsx posted 09-11-2010 11:01 PM 1569 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2010 11:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lacquer

I like to use brushing lacquer on the segmented bowls I make. A 14” bowl is 44 inches around and by the time I get to the point where I started the lacquer has dried enough that it starts to leave brush marks. If I add lacquer thinner to the brushing lacquer, will it dry faster or slower?

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 02:36 AM

I think it will dry faster since it will be thinner and flash off faster than a more viscous mix. I assume you are applying it while on the lathe. Add some lacquer retarder but be careful not to put on too much lacquer for a single coat. Because it will dry slower and flow out it might pool up if there is too much on the bowl. You could use an aerosol lacquer. I would work well it think.

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 03:06 AM

If you like lacquer but find the aerosols expensive you might want to try the Preval system. It lets you spray what you want, it does a good job, it’s easy to clean and pretty cheap.

No connection to Preval: I use it.

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 03:45 AM

jonnyfurniture is right thinner speeds up drying time retarder slows it when i spray i add no more than 5-6 ounces per gallon so less is better i would use aerosols myself

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 04:22 AM

I dont have any experience with brushing lacquer but I can say that NOTHING I have used beats the aerosol stuff. I use it on ALL my box making projects.

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 05:03 PM

I use a thinned brushing lacquer on my turnings – it dries fast and leaves brush marks. Then I follow it up with a lint-free cloth soaked in lacquer thinner to even out the finish. This leaves a nice matte finish that is not built up in any way, but it does penetrate the wood significantly. Once I’m done with this, I use spray cans of lacquer for subsequent coats of finish. This seems to be a good compromise between getting a good, penetrating, hard coat of lacquer (from the brush) and a nice looking finish (from the spray can).


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#6 posted 11-03-2010 10:51 PM

That is a good point James. That would work well on some of the porous woods and end grain where only using the spray would leave the pores open.

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