On Tue, 14 Jun 2005 19:00:37 +0000 (UTC), John McCoy
That's about what I'm going to end up paying after i consider all the
cans of Rusto (5 lacquer and 2 primer) and filler I bought!
But - on the bright side - at least I didn't have to spring for a $20
brush to tip it with!
Like DadiOH said ... I bet you're getting dry spray where the paint is
partially drying before it sticks. It might be that short 6" stroke thing
The idea with the spray can is to hold it about somewhere around a foot
away from the surface to be sprayed (or whatever your can says), and
keeping the can perpindicular to the surface, go in a long even stroke
across the length. Too fast and it won't wet to cover and flow, and too
slow and it will run. Then on the next stroke you'll want to overlap it
slightly with the previous one so that the coverage is even and the blend
line stays more or less wet.
Anyway, like the other posters said ... to fix it you can sand the surface
smooth with a fine grit sandpaper (I'd guess at least 220 grit), and then
spray another coat using the instructions above.
Thank you all so much for your responses, especially DadiOh! The
project is now fully sprayed and looks fairly good from about 3ft
away. The overspray was alleviated to a large extent by my technique
and the finish looks fairly even and quite glossy.
Except (there's always an exception, isn't there?) there are a few
sags. I tried to sand them clean in between coats (used my fingers to
test smoothness) but I must have not sanded quite enough. I really
don't want to lay down another finish coat of lacquer over this. I
was wondering if it would be possible to somehow sand these
imperfections flat locally and then buff the entire surface out. I am
shooting for just a nice sheen, perhaps warmish glow, not a mirror
I tried the #0000 steel wool and it takes all the shine out. Does
provide for a very even surface, color-wise though. Perhaps it is
possible to further buff the surface to achieve more shine? To do
that, what grades of sandpaper should I be looking at? Cutting
compound perhaps?? Also, how long should I wait to start this process?
You might want to try a product called Meguiar's Scratch-X, available at
automotive stores. It's a pretty aggressive abrasive and is a fairly fast
way to get the first shine.
Of course you'll want to test it on a scrap first. I've not used it on
black spray lacquer before, so I'm not sure it's compatible.
Ensure the lacquer is fully cured prior to rubbing out. If the
Meguiar's product doesn't take it far enough toward gloss Jeff carries
Menzerna polishing stuff that work quite well.
www.homesteadfinishing.com also has a few forums for broadening your
On Fri, 17 Jun 2005 05:17:21 GMT, Nate Perkins
Another option's to make a paste of talcum and water. It's not as
aggressive and takes a lot of elbow grease but it certainly brings up a
I believe that Rolls Royce used to use it many years ago for their
Another case of both ensuring the lacquer is fully cured first and doing a
test sample, but they apply no matter what method is tried!
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