Aerosol lacquer for Wenge?

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Forum topic by Ben posted 07-20-2019 09:18 PM 216 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-20-2019 09:18 PM

I’m building a small jewelry box in Wenge.
My go-to finish is usually wipe-on satin poly. But would like something a bit more matte for the Wenge.
Could I get nice results from just a rattle can job? Shellac first?

Have never worked with Wenge before.


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#1 posted 07-20-2019 09:36 PM

In my stash of left over finishes I have a can of poly that is labeled “matte”. I think it is a Varathane or maybe Rustoleum (I think they have merged) product. I got it at my local Lowes. It can be thinned to make it wipeable. The rattle can is not necessarily going to give you a more matte finish unless it is formulated for that.

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#2 posted 07-20-2019 10:03 PM

If this is just going to sit, and only get used once in a while. I would build a couple of Shellac coats, sounds like you are familiar with it? I wouldn’t pad it, just apply, let it dry, and then knock it down quickly with a grit higher than you finished with. Wipe of any dust, and build until you are happy. Padding, or excessive stroking will cause it to brighten, and gloss more.

That last line is same for Poly, the more you play with it, the more you knock down any flatteners in a satin, or flat kind of version. I’m a huge fan of Arm r Seal for anything that is going to be handled a lot. Note the instructions for application mention this same.

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#3 posted 07-20-2019 10:54 PM

Yes, you can get a good finish from aerosol lacquer. I’d suggest getting some Mohawk aerosol since it has a higher solid content than most big box brands like Minwax or Deft. You can get the Ultra Flo which comes in a flat sheen (M102-0451), or you can go with a pre-cat which is available in flat and dead flat.

You don’t need to start with shellac. The lacquer will build just fine with several coats. Get a good build as you like it and then sand with 320 or 400 and then apply a light finishing coat. It’ll look flawless.

When working with lacquer you’ll find a de-nibbing tool is very handy to deal with nibs and sags. It’s better to plane them off with the tool than to sand them.

Let me know if you want some good sources for spray and tools.

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