Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13

Thread: Laquer over bare maple?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    St. Clair Shores, Michigan
    Posts
    11

    Laquer over bare maple?

    Hi, I'm new here.
    I'm about to spray on clear gloss laquer over finely sanded hard maple (no stain). Is there anything I should be concerned about or any precautions?

    I've built a top for a dining room buffet; in order to match the rest of the diningroom set I need to blow on a high-gloss clear laquer. I'm a little nervous about messing up about $200 worth of maple

    THANKS!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,020
    Welcome aboard, Michael. I've used lacquer on turned maple pieces, and can't think of anything to warn you about. There are others here who know more about furniture finishing than I do, so I'll be interested to see what others might say.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Tokyo Japan
    Posts
    15,807
    Welcome to the Family Michael!

    Do you not have any scraps left over?

    I agree with Vaughn that there should be no issues, but I also agree that I'd not want to have to start over on $200 worth of wood.

    Sand the scrap piece the same way you have the table, then try finishing it, and see what happens?

    You might want to put a thinned coat of the finish on first, it will go into the wood and seal it up, so the next coat will not take as much product to cover it, the thinned coat will cost less than a regular coat (thinner is cheaper than Lacquer).

    Lightly hand sand between coats, and make sure you really clean up the dust before you put the next coat on.

    Good luck.

    Stu
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ozarks
    Posts
    4,993
    squirt it.......there`s no finish more workable than lacquer, it can be recoated as many times as you like or buffed to any sheen you desire.
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    St. Clair Shores, Michigan
    Posts
    11

    Laquer

    Thanks for all the information/suggestions... and for the welcome too!

    Stuart, yes, I do have some scraps left. I don't even know why I didn't think about that. Just nervous about the upcoming spray-on I suppose.

    Tod, can I buff the laquer with a random orbital buffer (the kind you use to polish a car), and do you know if the procedure is about the same, and should I let the laquer cure for a couple weeks first?

    Working the wood isn't so much the issue with me... the chemistry is the issue.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ozarks
    Posts
    4,993
    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Ward View Post

    Tod, can I buff the laquer with a random orbital buffer (the kind you use to polish a car), and do you know if the procedure is about the same, and should I let the laquer cure for a couple weeks first?
    yup, and the 3-m compounds work well....it`s just messy and time consuming.
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Posts
    9,077
    If I missed your first post, Welcome! I try to never apply a finish unless I know how it will act. Shoot a piece of scrap BUT, be sure the scrap has been sanded, etc. just like your top. It doesn't tell you much to test a finish on a piece of material that has been prepared differently. I make test boards and jot the sanding prep and finish protocol on the back for future general reference.

    P.s. I would take Tod's advice in a heartbeat.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    London, Ontario
    Posts
    3,383
    I finished this dresser with brushing lacquer over "bare" maple and cherry. worked great.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    Posts
    1,448
    I do it all the time... no problem.

    I have migrated to Target USL water base lacquer... still gives full burn in, but is even easier and more durable than the traditional nitrocellulose lacquer.

    See www.plesums.com/wood/tips/finishing.html I am in the process of expanding the tutorial for my other site... if you have questions, drop me a note and I will be sure they are covered.
    Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
    (Retired early to become a custom furnituremaker)
    Lots of my free advice at www.solowoodworker.com

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    St. Clair Shores, Michigan
    Posts
    11

    SUCCESS!!!

    Success!
    I want to thank you all of you who gave me advice! Here is the end result. Remember, I ONLY built the top to this buffet.
    Thanks guys. I couldn't have done this without you and your knowledge.
    The guy I made this for was very happy too.
    (This was my first attempt at a piano finish. Hopefully the next one will be even better.)



    Last edited by Michael Ward; 04-21-2008 at 01:25 PM.

Similar Threads

  1. Bare Naked
    By Les Elm in forum Lathe Project Showcase
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-29-2016, 06:53 AM
  2. Bare Minimum to get Started with Small Hollow Forms
    By Brent Dowell in forum General Woodturning Q&A
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 11-08-2008, 10:06 PM
  3. First Time Trying Rattle-Can Laquer
    By Gord Rock in forum Finishing School
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-27-2008, 12:29 PM
  4. Varnish and Laquer
    By elliott azis in forum Finishing School
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 04-09-2008, 02:23 PM
  5. Pre catalyzed laquer
    By Steve Ash in forum Finishing School
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 11-20-2006, 10:10 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •