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Forum topic by David posted 01-12-2009 04:15 AM 2087 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2009 04:15 AM

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I built my own house and made all of my own bathroom cabinets. I applied 3 coats of poly and have been very satisfied with how they have been holding up.
Being pushed for time and needing to get a kitchen in, I contracted the kitchen cabinets (maple) and the guy spray applied several coats of Deft lacquer. Every place they have been touched with a wet finger, there is a white stain. I’m not a fan of lacquer for durability.
So any ideas on how to get ALL of the lacquer off and apply a more durable finish?

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#1 posted 01-12-2009 01:05 PM

lacquer thinner. lacquer shouldn’t do that, did you let it gas off and cure about a week before use. you might want to try wb poly. its very durable just again wait a week before use to let it gas off and cure.

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#2 posted 01-12-2009 02:22 PM

A citrus based (NON FLAMABLE) stripper would be my choice. My thought about the lacquer thinner, It will take it off with a lot of work. However, used in the house, it could cause a flash fire, not to mention having to breath the dangerous fumes. Pull the doors and do them in the shop in order to keep the mess down. Lacquer will not be hard to strip. If you don’t get every bit of it off, it may blister. I don’t know of any product that will cover it and not peel or blister except another lacquer product. Use a moisture resistant lacquer. And do let it cure before use. You can get brushing lacquer to use on the face frames and spray the doors.
This is what I would do. Someone else my have a better idea. good luck!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#3 posted 01-12-2009 02:55 PM

The unfortunate truth is Deft Laquer is a nitrocellulos laquer. It should never be used in a kitchen cabinet situation. If the guy you contracted to spray these cabinets is doing this for a living, he needs to have a knot jerked in tail because he doesn’t know the product he is selling or using.
Take off the doors and use a good quality stripper, preferably biodegradeable, to remove all the nitro laquer from the pieces you can take out of the house. If you have face frame cabinets, you will need to send the family out for the day and strip the boxes in house. Or demand the guy you contracted strip the inappropriate finish for you.

A good quality pre-catalyzed laquer will give you the same clarity and the durability is equal to polyurethane. It will dry for recoats in 20-45 minutes. You will not find this at your local homecenter.
Or just use polyurethane.

Nitrocellulose laquers have no place in a kitchen/bath or high traffic woodwork. The brushable type is also nitrocellulose.

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#4 posted 01-19-2009 02:45 AM

Thanks All
Rhett: your thoughts are in line with mine as far as “the guy doesn’t know the product he is selling or using”
I confronted him and he was adamant that it was the “hardest” finish he could apply. It’s like talking to a post (ex Marine: jar head) and he is very pugnacous. His response to anyone that disagrees with him is to” punch them in the mouth”. His quote.
So now I’m stuck trying to get all of this goop off or it will blister anything I put over it. I may opt to just build new cabinets, it’s just about the same amount of work, and I don’t want to deal with the lacquer thinner or striipper.
Personally I wish they’d outlaw Deft and someone would Punch this guy…....

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#5 posted 01-19-2009 03:03 AM

If you don;t feel like throwing them away, I would trust the above answers. Firs though, i would verify what hte guy really used to do the finish. If he stands behind his work, he may fix it for you.

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#6 posted 01-19-2009 10:19 PM

Question….... Is the product you guys are talking about “Deft Lacquer Sanding Sealer”, or something entirely different? I’ve used the sealer with fairly good results, so I’m guessing it’s something else, like just plain lacquer.
- JJ

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#7 posted 01-20-2009 09:44 PM

Can you get rid of the white marks with lacquer thinner? It sounds like someone had oily fingers. Deft should not have done that. (professionally applied) You might be able sand lightly then top coat with a real product and leave the base coats of Deft.

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#8 posted 01-20-2009 09:45 PM

Talk to a pro it isn’t that big a deal…unless you already paid him.

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