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  1. Wood Finishing
    Got this kid's stool, the My Little Stool, at an antique store some years ago. I've pulled it apart [screwed together mostly] and I'm starting to try to update the finish of it. The piece with the lettering is the back of the seat, which becomes a step when the arms are rotated down. There were...
  2. Wood Finishing
    Hello, I'm refinishing a guitar, and trying water based lacquer for the first time. I'm hoping in time the lacquer will wear through, showing the current poly finish. I've read on this site about using a dewaxed barrier coat (Bullseye Sealcoat) etc before spraying nitro. Does the same still...
  3. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi All - Hoping someone can guide me here. I have been reading forums for the past few days and am beyond confused on what kind of finish to use on my my wood project - I think it's Cedar, but it's not the Eastern Red Cedar, Picture below. I'm making a table/bar and I never realized how many...
  4. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello, I purchased a couple of craft boxes that continue to smell like lacquer after putting them outside for 1 day (took the drawers out too). I've had them for two weeks and they still are quite strong. The smell is killing me. :/ I saw that someone else asked this question in 2012 and...
  5. Wood Finishing
    What's the best thing to finish old cypress with? I've used poly/spar urethane, don't like plasticity look. Trying lacquer now which I thought looke awesome how ever, table top is developing like light spot underneath finish that, almost look like lil dry, I don't know how to describe them...
  6. Wood Finishing
    Hello. I am trying to finish a frame which I stripped, stained with Miniwax Water-Based Express Colour Stain, then coated with Miniwax Clear Gloss Polycrylic. The first coat looked decent but I tried to touch it up anyway and made it worse. So I sanded it down and tried a coat of Miniwax Clear...
  7. Wood Finishing
    My project is a turquoise-covered longhorn skull. I want to paint the skull black (I'm thinking rustoleum black spray, it seems easy enough) and then lacquer it so it will be shiny--I need advice on what the best lacquer would be. I'm looking for a lacquer that is clear and will not discolor...
  8. Wood Finishing
    Hi Guys, So I've been working on a sprayed lacquer project for a few weeks now. I'm on the finish and, I'm working through some issues. I've done a ton of research and I have a good handle on just about every aspect of the system except I don't FULLY understand how to calculate my required...
  9. Wood Finishing
    Hi, I've assembled a few drum sets now over the past 3-4 years, and I'm on a new one. This time, I'm doing a pretty detailed paint job over the shells and would like to put a protective clear coat over it. Most of the time, I have sprayed clear gloss lacquer over the shells when doing a...
  10. Wood Finishing
    Hi all. This is my first time on a forum like this and I am relieved to have found it. I am having a lot of trouble getting a smooth finish on a dining table top. I've been spraying an M.L. Campbell pre-catalyzed lacquer through a relatively new Earlex HV7000 hvlp turbine spray system. I have...
  11. Wood Finishing
    I want to try using the Deft brushing lacquer. I'd like to use it as a top coat over oil based stain. Are they compatible? Can I do that? I e-mailed their tech support and didn't get a response which is why I'm posting here. Thanks in advance.
  12. Wood Finishing
    So, that may seem like a stupid question, but the reason I ask is this: I have built some cabinets, and they are mostly finished (they went on hold for nearly a year while I worked and also gutted a bathroom). I have a few coats of nitrocellulose lacquer (mohawk brand) on the cabinets, but...
  13. General Woodworking Discussion
    My kitchen cabinets are white lacquer. I just had some trim added and they painted the wood with water base wall paint. Does not have the texture or look of the cabinets. I'm guessing I have to sand down the trim to smooth it and can than repaint with lacquer. Am I correct? Any ideas as to...
  14. New Member Introductions
    Hi Folks, I'm new to this forum - so please excuse my lack of technical expertise. I have been in the office furniture industry for 20 years, and I fine myself at the receiving end of some amazing explanations for tables that are damaged. I have one today, that I just can't swallow - and...
  15. Wood Finishing
    I've been having a lot of trouble with finishing, so any suggestions are welcome. The project is a pair of speakers covered with walnut burl veneer. Basically MDF boxes, no curves. I really want a totally smooth piano finish that highlights the grain. Minwax brushed satin lacquer appeared...
  16. Wood Finishing
    I've recently finished a dining room table. The top has a design that has the grain going in different directions. I'm trying to hand rub the top to a sheet a little more than satin. My hand rubbing the finish has created two problems: (1) the scratch marks show even after polishing and (2) I'm...
  17. Wood Finishing
    Hi, any help would be so greatly appreciated. i feel like i am in the dark here and want to make sure i am not getting ripped off by my contractor. so i have a wood bar with light wood that i had someone sand down and stain. to get the right dark color he put 3 coats of stain. he used miniwax -...
  18. New Member Introductions
    Hello, I've just been given a large Vietnamese altar cabinet, and want to restore it in as authentic a manner as is feasible. It came from a minor temple in Ninh Binh, now razed. The last few years it's been sitting out in a garden. Looked at the sticky and have requested a couple books from...
  19. Project Showcase
    Made from soft maple, the vanity and stool are sprayed with a custom colored lacquer. 3 working drawers, the 2 end drawers are 'U' shaped to allow the plumbing to fit through for surface mounted sinks. The lower cabinet has a shaker styled door with a glass insert and an adjustable shelf...
  20. General Woodworking Discussion
    I recently brought a coffee table from HomeBase, its a dark oak stain colour. The legs and top of the table are lacquered and the underneath has not been done. Each time i put my feet my the table the colour comes off, or even if i put my feet to rest on the top the stain is lifted even when im...
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