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Old 08-27-2014, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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The guy in the paint dept. at Lowes said they just got this in. You all may already be aware of it but I wasn't and I'm at Lowes so much they are concerned I will have my mail forwarder to them. I'm using the semi-gloss spray on a large plaque I'm making for a lady lawyer and so far it looks pretty good. It comes in gloss for sure and flat I think. Dry time could be an issue for pens, about an hour under good conditions, and the fumes will cause flashbacks to the 60s for us older folks and a recent trip to Denver for the younger ones so have lots of fresh air available. Anyone else have experience with this stuff?
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Drys fast but needs to cure for a week or so before using a buffer. Lowes stopped selling Deft lacquer and started carrying the WATCO brand. When I use lacquer I use it in a can and thin it with lacquer thinner...50-50. (half lacquer and and half thinner). I apply several coats with a soft cloth.
Do a good turn daily!
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Yep, love this stuff!! I use it on my scroll sawn letters openers.
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Yep, love this stuff!! I use it on my scroll sawn letters openers.
That's what you've been hiding from us. ;-) Sounds very cool
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I've never use it, but from what I've heard it's good stuff -- but as has been said, and is probably true of all lacquers, needs time to cure before any rough handling (buffing). I'm currently using both the rattle can (Krylon) and / or 50/50 Deft with good results.
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I've gone thru about a dozen cans so far....our local Lowes switched brands about a month ago to this....though it is no different than the old brand. I love it for my burl pieces/desk sets(see pic). I use 6-10 coats. It covers all the holes and divots well. It dries fast(vs dipping), and there is a strong odor. I'm not so sure I would ever use it on pens in place of CA....just too small a piece to get a perfect finish.
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Drys fast but needs to cure for a week or so before using a buffer. Lowes stopped selling Deft lacquer and started carrying the WATCO brand. When I use lacquer I use it in a can and thin it with lacquer thinner...50-50. (half lacquer and and half thinner). I apply several coats with a soft cloth.
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Is this the same for other spray lacquers too?
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I used it often for "high end wood" pens. Many thin coats will dry---spray on too much and you will wait forever for it to dry.

BTW, it may be "new" to Lowes, but it has been around for 20 years or more.
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I used it often for "high end wood" pens. Many thin coats will dry---spray on too much and you will wait forever for it to dry.

BTW, it may be "new" to Lowes, but it has been around for 20 years or more.
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How many coats do you use? Do you sand between coats?
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I make a friction polish using the brush-on version of this lacquer - equal volumes of lacquer, lacquer thinner, and a drying oil (either BLO or pure Tung oil). Dries to the touch within seconds, but may require a bit longer to cure enough for buffing.
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