I've sprayed a lot of lacquer using a Graco airless, hvlp system, an
an automotive-style sprayer (pressurized, powered by compressor).
The Graco airless system gave the best results, but really kicked ou
the product, so one had to be really on the lookout for runs an
applying to much product in one coat. The automotive gun gave th
second best results, but seemed more prone to end up with som
orange-peel; for furniture like chairs with lots of rounded verticl
services, this gun worked great. My HVLP system works ok with lacquer
but doesn't atomize the finish to my liking.
If you are using HVLP, I recommend skipping lacquer entirely an
spraying Minwax's polyacrylic. Your won't need to thin it, it spray
well, there are no fumes to speak of, it dries quickly and gives a ver
durably finish. Also, clean up is much easier with this water-base
finish and you won't be left with a coffee can full of solvents t
dispose of or evaporate
I am in the middle of finishing a new hard maple staircase railing.
As cheap as I am I have found the cans of deft lacquer to be a great
deal! This being my first venture into lacquer I am very happy with
its ease of application and nice looking results. It is a big move
away from the 1/3 + 1/3 + 1/3 varnish, oil, turpentine for me. I like
the clearness of the lacquer for maple but I still prefer the depth of
the varnish, oil finish on walnut where the yellowness actually adds
rather than detracts.
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