Oriental black lacquer is revered for its refined finish and rich colors that give the wood it covers a flawlessly smooth surface. Apply two even coats of a clear, high-gloss spray sealant like polyurethane to protect the wood and create a hard surface finish. Anything that started to dry would generally redissolve as soon as the lacquer thinner hit it. With varnish, for which there is no thinning solvent after the finish has cured, until recently it has not been possible to revive a severely degraded finish.
Ultimately, you might just have to make it yourself by picking up your preferred lacquer product, and then adding some dye to it such as Transtint. I think we’ll try to incorporate some fine leathers or real wood/real wood veneers to finish off the interior. I also looked into getting a piano refinished (and thought about doing it myself) and that’s when I found out that there are people who do that as opposed to people who merely refinish furniture.
For black lacquer paint techniques on wooden pieces, consider sanding the piece first. Take care to avoid spreading the lacquer in a back-and-forth fashion, despite that being the way other types of finish are typically used. I haven’t a clue as too what type of lacquer to use From what I read I gather Acylic lacquer may work. This polishing session will go much quicker than the first and will bring the lacquer surface to an even higher gloss – almost wet looking.
Add a small amount of polish to the pad, or the lacquer surface, and aggressively polish the area again. We have tried every widely regarded wax we have heard of, none are better than Black Bison. It is made in Denmark, crafted in veneer oak and available in three different stains: natural lacquered, sirka grey and black. Finishes that still adhere to the wood but even after cleaning are dull or worn, hazy or opaque, may possess the capacity to be revived and thus saved. Use a vapor mask and latex gloves when mixing and applying finishing materials.
Closely examine every lacquer surface for any imperfections in the flatness and smoothness of the lacquer film. Other specialist lacquers include ikkake-urushi (釦漆) which is thick and used mainly for applying gold or silver leaf. Adjust your spray gun with more air pressure and adjust the nozzle tip for more fluid to get this thicker solution to spray good wet coats. The time required for the sprayed finish to cure – dry and harden – enough to wet sand and polish to a high gloss is generally between 7 and 14 days.
Isaac, indeed the S.W pre-cat version is available in one gallon, I live in Ga, I repeatedly get mine from my local S.W. paint store. But that was not any fault of the product more down to my inexperience, and I probably chose the wrong product for the finish I wanted. Test first on scrap…if in doubt pay someone else to do it. If its a large flat surface a short nap proffessional roller and an enamel paint (you can get hardeners) can look good with very careful preperation.
With a low solids product like lacquer you are looking for a big problem with shrinkage. This is the point where you decide whether you will have a completely black finish or a distressed finish. If the finish on the furniture is glossy, some 600 grit wet or dry paper, a sanding block, and paraffin oil can be used to level the new area out with the old. Wood to be finished with lacquer must be properly prepared, sanded, and sealed. With this particular Lacquer spray we recommend a minimum of 5 coats to bare wood.
The primary cause of degradation in both lacquer and varnish finishes is exposure to light and air, especially polluted air. For your final surface preparation you can use a pour on urethane or epoxy that will give you full protection and a food grade surface or you can go with a poly urethane spray that is available in gloss and flats. Sand the lacquer with 400-grit sandpaper when it dries, which takes about 30 minutes.
The general rule is that the glossier the sheen of the finish, the finer the grade of steel wool, however, the coarser the grade, the more aggressive at cleaning. Lacquer is generally distinguished from varnish by the fact that it dries quickly and does not include any oils in its formulation. This is the lacquer recipe we will use for the building” coats – the lacquer mixture is thick enough to build depth, but is thinned and retarded enough to flow out flat and smooth over the surface. Strong ventilation of the spray mist while spraying, and of the curing instrument after spraying, is a must.
Your selection of primer color either black, light gray or dark gray can be exposed through your top black finish by sanding the edges after your black coat is applied. Shooting more lacquer over the back, sides, and neck for a thicker, more protective coat is a common practice. The wet, creamy, water-based filler paste is simply squeegeed across the wood surface – and into the pores – with a flexible plastic card or palette knife.
A proper spray booth and a fresh air make up supply system should be utilized anytime you spray lacquer. Her new LA showroom, on fashion-forward Robertson Boulevard, showcases her extensive line and the works of her favorite artists, as well as lighting, wall coverings, kitchen designs, vintage product, and more. Overlapping equalizes the thickness of the lacquer film, keeping the surface even.