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post #1 of 8 Old 10-09-2011, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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Finishing a Bowl ?

I know this is a turning board,but I don't seem to get the answers I need on other boards,so I'll try here.I want to finish my next bowl with lacquer.How do I mix my lacquer?and with what?I was told not to use lacquer thinner,he said to use dehighgraded lacquer thinner.I have been around a long time,but have never seen this product.Hope I spelled it right;Mack
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The lacquer I use on some bowls are from a spray can. You can get it at Walmart. Its called Deft Clear spray lacquer. One can will do several bowls. Usually 2-3 coats will add a deep looking shine. Plus it dries in less than an hour.
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I don't thin or mix lacquer for turnings. I used to exclusively use lacquer for turnings, but now I use it as a step in the process. I use Minwax brushing lacquer from the box store because it's readily available and cheap enough.

With a piece on the lathe, I sand at least to 220 (sometimes through 12,000 with micromesh), then turn on two or three coats of lacquer with a rag. From there, I use the Beall buffing system to bring out a glossy shine.
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I use Lacquer. I thin it 50/50 with lacquer thinner. I wipe on a layer after sanding and sort of rub it in with the wood spinning. Then I spray it. I do have to thin it less for spraying. Around 1/3 lacquer thinner and 2/3 lacquer. You may have to vary the viscosity depending on what type of spray gun you use. Iuse one of the cheap touch up guns from Harbour freight.
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I use Deft brushing lacquer after applying sanding sealer. Wait 30 minutes to an hour after applying sanding sealer before applying light coat of deft. You can cut Deft with lacquer thinner to use as sanding sealer, found spray can sanding sealer works better.

I seldom sand after applying sanding sealer, if needed use 220 or 320 grit.

Deft dries in an hour or two before applying additional coats. May or may not sand between additional coats. If needed use 220 or 320 grit between coats.

Hardly ever sand raw wood past 320, most times stop after 180 grit. Lot depends upon wood species. I do wet sand/polish with micromesh 24 hours after last coat.

Temperature and humidity has a lot to do with drying times. Read, manufacturers optimum schedule and adjust as necessary.
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Thanks for all your help.Yesterday I went to Wal-Mart and bought some lacquer and will try it today;Mack
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Nice looking bowl! Looks like that is Your niche. The lacquer works nice, or not>
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I was told not to use lacquer thinner,he said to use dehighgraded lacquer thinner.
Just a wag but I will assume he meant dehydrated. Removing the water in the manufacturing process, there are a couple of web sites that talk about various methods; sun, heating, etc. I will let Deft do it for me.
It was over a year before I found out that a Morris taper is really a Morse taper.

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