I recently purchased a vintage combination Carrom/Crokinole game board on
eBay (the model 106, circa 1965-ish). Carrom and Crokinole are
shuffle-board type games played with wooden or acrylic discs, about the size
of quarter, on a flat wooden surface between 25 and 30 inches square.
The board was advertised as "Mint In Box" and it's obvious it has never been
used before. However, the playing surface itself (on both sides of the
board) is vey rough plywood -- it seems like there was never any lacquer
applied to the surface (or if there was, it has long since dissipated). It's
so rough, in fact, that the board is almost impossible to play on.
I'd like to know what steps to take to manually apply lacquer to both sides
of this combo board. The purpose of relacquering would be to provide a
smooth and slippery surface for playing Carrom and Crokinole. To this end,
can someone answer the following questions:
A. What kind of lacquer is appropriate, given that the surface is plywood
onto which the demarcation lines have been spray painted? I want to use a
clear lacquer, but beyond that I have no preferences?
B. What kind of brush should be used?
C. How many coats of lacquer should be applied (I would guess at least
three), and what (if anything) should be done to the board between
applications (e.g. softly rub it down with steel wool, etc.)?
D. How long should I wait between coats (24 hours)? And what's the best way
to minimize the risk of warping caused by applying the lacquer (e.g. should
he apply coats to both sides of the combo board in the same session, or do
each side on alternating days)?
Any suggestion, even anecdotal ones, would be appreciated as I am planning
to refinish this board over the coming weekend. And please don't say: "You
should let an expert do this!" I paid $11.00 plus shipping for the board,
so I can only afford my own labor.