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08-22-2020 04:48 AM

Does anyone have experience spraying This Deft lacquer directly to wood without sealer ?
I prepared a pretty large project made from Sapele and am going to spray the lacquer with four stage Fuji HVLP. I do not think I need to thin it but it just my guess.
I wanted to apply dewaxed shellac first but my hunt in the neighboring home depots brought no results. They have regular clear non dewaxed shellac but I am not sure if it is safe to use under this lacquer.
So should I run and buy some sanding sealer or it is for loosers ?

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#1 posted 08-22-2020 11:44 AM

I use dewaxed garnet shellac under lacquer all the time. My typical schedule is 5 coats of shellac lightly sanded between coats then 5 coats of lacquer again lightly sanded. The final coat of lacquer is “wet” sanded with a 2000 grit pad. I get my shellac here. Wellermart
Here is a sapele table finished with that schedule. (I use Watco lacquer, but I don’t think that brand matters).

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#2 posted 08-22-2020 01:04 PM


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#3 posted 08-22-2020 02:50 PM

Have you considered pre-cats from S&W. Onlyb $36 a gallon….

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#4 posted 08-23-2020 06:40 AM

No time for chasing around for shellac as the piece has to be ready by Monday, so I just sprayed the lacquer directly on Sapele. And I glad I did. There is zero difference between this one and a similar piece I did a while ago with using shellac for sealer. Granted I did not want to fill the pores and left the wood in its natural state.

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#5 posted 08-23-2020 12:15 PM

YES, I have used Deft Lacquer on a knotty pine cabinet. It turned out great IMO. I ended up using two entire spray cans of Semi-Gloss Deft on this small Amish Cabinet. Before spraying, I used water-based aniline dye on the pine and strategically lightened it with a damp cloth to imitate aging/weathering. Probably 5-6 coats in total, with very light sanding with 600-1000 grit between every third coat. As light as the coats were, wiping down with a dry polishing cloth would have been enough.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 08-23-2020 02:42 PM

I use the cans-o-Deft for many projects, much cheaper than the spray cans. Of course it si labeled as a “brushing” lacquer, but I only tried that once to realize it sets up wayyyy to fast for brushing in my environment. Spraying works well, as long as you thin it properly for the shop conditions. Over the past few years I’ve switched to precat. Has a harder surface and is quite inexpensive.

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#7 posted 08-24-2020 02:58 AM

Spray deft on bare would all the time. No problems at all. If it’s an open grain wood you’ll have to fill the grain, though.

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#8 posted 08-24-2020 01:56 PM

... If it’s an open grain wood you’ll have to fill the grain, though.

- hokieman

Why ?

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