I Love Nitrocellulose (NC) because it dries fast and gives wood
incredible life, unlike anything else I have used, looks like you can
see right into the grain. Add to that it is easy to repair etc. etc.
I have a piece that I am making out of walnut and want to oil it to
give some depth to the grain and to darken the colour. Can I use NC
lacquer over an oil? (something like teak oil or similar is what I was
thinking of using.)
be interested as to what the team thinks...
instructions say it can be used over >*thoroughly* dried oil and I have done
Ahhhh.... the much maligned Deft. I started as a full time
woodoworker in '75, and it has been around a lot longer than that. I
still use it today on occasion if I am called on to finish small
projects (cabinets) or interior doors.
That has to be the most forgiving, applicator friendly finish around
that will give great results. I have switched to the Old Master's
brand of lacquer now due to its higher solid content, but wouldn't
hesistate to use a can of Deft
I built a desk a few years ago that I pretreated to highlight the
grain with a homebrew of shellac, real turps, tung oil and BLO. I got
that recipe from some furniture maker....
I finished the desk with about three coats of Deft, ONLY sanding out
nibs. Remember with lacquer, scuff coats are not needed and they can
cause more problems if you scratch your surface.
When I spray Deft (or any other lacquer) I usually spray, wait about
forty five minutes, then spray again. Then I wait about an hour and a
half, then spray again. Then about 2 hours, then spray again. I
dont' usually spray more than 3 - 4 coats in a day (unless I am using
my purpose made high dollar stuff) as you can build too fast and get
some blushing. Beware that if you put 3 - 4 coats on the piece, you
should leave it for a few days to cure out before a installing the
piece or a lot of handling takes place.
When I brush or pad, I apply a coat, then wait two hours, then apply
another. I wait about three or four before applying the third coat.
If it feels soft or even the slightest bit plastic I wait longer. For
sure with pad or brush, no more than three coats in a day.
Anyway, do what dadiOH said, let your oil pretreat/enhancer dry
completely (one week to be sure, less if you are in a hurry) then the
Deft will adhere fine.
You need to write a book, Robert. AAMOF, I've got so many of your posts
saved, it would probably write itself.
I'd buy the first copy ... like clamps, you can't have too many Charlie Self
around here anyway. :)
Wow... thanks! That's very flattering coming from a cabinet maker of
your caliber. Don't get me started... I might post more!
Actually, I think I have said it before, but I didn't want to learn
much about finishing. But long ago, I laughed pretty hard when the
best finisher I knew told me to "never trust a finisher that isn't an
Maybe it's the fumes.
When I had enough, I got after the learning curve, and realized it is
every bit as much as science or art as anything else. I have said it
before, good finishing is easy, great finishing is a long curve.
Something to strive for. It is always just a little bit of trip into
Now it appeals to the "wonk" side of me. I really enjoy learning
about new techniques (and old!) and new finishes.
Anyway, I appreciate the compliment and I am pleased if my comments
help they guys on the group.
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