Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
I have painted lots of furniture. That seems to be the going trend. Most of the commercial furniture you are going to see will have a factory lacquer finish. If someone wants it painted with lacquer, you must clean it thoroughly first. Refinishing suppliers sell a "de-waxer". If you cant find any, auto paint suppliers sell a similar product for use on car painting. After the de-waxer, sand lightly with 220 grit. Then spray a vinyl sealer and top coat with the colored lacquer that they want.
If you are going to try and make money at this you will have to spray, like it or not. Actually, you will love it. I'm talking about pre-cat lacquer, but lets just say lacquer for short. Several years back, I bought an Earlex spray set-up from Rockler for around $350. It is a totally self contained HVLP unit. Get an extra spray can for around $25 from Earlex. Or buy one from Harbor Freight with the gun attached. The cans are interchangable.
Spraying lacquer is quick and easy and easy to learn. I use old coffee cans either plastic or metal, inverted, and put a small wooden block on top of each can. Turn the table top face down and set on those small wooden blocks.
Spray the bottom side first with sealer, clean gun, wait 10 minutes then spray it with pre-cat. Clean gun again. After 10 minutes, flip table over and spray with vinyl sealer. Clean gun, wait 10 minutes and spray with top coat of pre-cat. Wait another 10 minutes and spray another top coat of pre-cat and you are done.
In less than an hour, your top is completely finished and everything cleaned and put away.
Because lacquer dries so quickly, dust is not as serious an issue as with other top coats.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx
Last edited by Tony B; 09-15-2019 at 09:40 AM.
Reason: I cut down the wording