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Old 09-28-2007, 04:03 PM   #15
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I like a product called Deft. Has a strong odor, but dries super fast. I usually use 2 or 3 coats rubbing with 00 wool between to knock down the brush strokes. After the final coat I rub out with 0000 wool and Minwax Butchers Wax. The result is a wonderful satin hand rubbed finish with little effort. I don't know how it would work as a touch up thing though - try a small spot to see how it looks, you can always use the steel wool to rid of it if it doesn't work out.
Deft is a brushing lacquer.....it is OK, but don't use it in a confined space because of the lacquer fumes.....I've used it in my shop on some custom furniture....it is not a hard finish....but it is repairable when you scratch it.....I still have to recommend "Poly-Crylic" by Minwax....it's a much harder and more durable finish.
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Old 09-28-2007, 04:11 PM   #16
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first of all,please use a sealer coat of shellac, it is called Seal Coat (made by zinnser)dries fast and will raise the grain,which is a great thing after it has dried for about 2 hours sand it down with 220 grit,vacuum,do not use a tack cloth ! then you can use any finish you like,there may be a company called muralo in californai they make some great water borne finishes which will dry fast,low odor and are very durable If you are very lucky you may be able to find some of the newer products which are ceramic based,great for what you want to finish...any questions please find me on yahoo, name is painterofeverything,good luck
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first of all,please use a sealer coat of shellac ...
What are the advantages of shellac over everything else?

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The truth is that the stuff that smells the worst works the best... I am also a woodworker. I suggest you mask off everything and spray a catalyzed lacquer. It will be more involved masking everything and setting fan(s) to exhaust the fumes. Seal the stained wood with a lacquer based product, scuff all existing finish with 220 also sealed wood. Two coats for catalyzed lacquer from a cup gun... and you will have a glowing, durable finish that will last a long time. It may be a lot of work, but the results will top notch. M.L. Campbell is one of the best brands of lacquer around. I use the crystal line and it is close to bullet proof.
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... I suggest you mask off everything and spray a catalyzed lacquer. ...
From whom do you purchase catalyzed lacquer? It is not a common item.

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Old 09-28-2007, 05:20 PM   #20
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furniture finish

We did a paint test a number of years ago, on some furniture we created and installed in a customized Airstream.

We explored Lacquers, Centari's, furniture paint and the works.

We had a theory.

What would take a lot of use, not be harmed by the sun, and not show any water spots?

We tried "automotive clear."

Worked like a champ, is still in use today, and shows no signs of water spots, and the sun has had zero effect on it.

Our thoughts were if it's good enough to protect a car, it should be equally as good to protect furniture, and, give it a gloss look and feel just like glass, at the same time.

We did the same thing on the interior walls on a 1936 Airstream, when we used "Birch" paneling. The walls look great and the finish is as smooth as glass.

Everyone that has seen the results of using automotive clear on that furniture and walls, simply say "wow."

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What are the advantages of shellac over everything else?

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shellac in this form is a universal sealer,dries very fast,sands great and raises the wood fibers so when you do sand it down the fibers get cut of,resulting in a finer feel .if you buy the stuff I mentioned before it will also work very well as a topcaot,and it is very easy to apply,flows out well ,and cleans up with denatured alchohol.
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I buy catalyzed lacquer from a company called Wurth Group. They are an international company that provides materials to the cabinet trade. Anyone can walk in and buy their products. M.L. Campbell is the brand I use and I am most fond of the crystal line. I am sure M.L. Campbell has a web site with all the distributors of their products. Another option is to bring your trailer to me in Baltimore and I will, for the right price, spray the product for you. The Crystal is bullet proof... it is used on commercial bar tops, crystal clear, and takes alot of effort to scratch. It also tends to blend well with other lacquer that have been sprayed.
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