I've never used Minwax brushing lacquer but I've used a lot of Deft's (many
gallons). Various observations...
I flow on with a loaded brush held almost horizontally and moved very
slowly. IME, the brush doesn't make much difference; I often use chip
On the first coat, you can do a lot of back/cross brushing to cover skipped
spots and/or even out. You can do the same on subsequent coats but lightly
and quickly. If the work is wider than the brush but less than 3x brush,
I'll flow on two brush loads, one along both edges, and then cross brush
diagonally between them to cover the center. I may or may not tip off
depending on how it looks.
Regardless of what you do, the coat will look like hell until it is
completely dry; that is because the thickness of the wet lacquer is many
times greater than the dry thickness.
IMO, it is pointless to sand each coat of lacquer. I always put on at least
three heavy coats - the heavier the better - and let them dry for a couple
of days before sanding; I then sand until there are no shiny spots. If I've
had to sand a *LOT* I'll put on a couple more heavy coats, let dry and sand
again. Once I have sanded and feel that I still have a sufficiently heavy
coat remaining, I put on a "shine" coat...that is a coat that has been
thinned a lot with thinner (50/50?) and its only purpose is to restore the
shine removed by sanding, not to build. I apply that coat with the softest,
finest and fullest bristle brush I can lay my hands on (an artist's red
sable is good) and I try to apply it as thinly as possible. If the area
being coated is small, I often do it with a piece of muslin wrapped around a
lemon sized ball of cotton...saturate the cotton and squeeze out almost dry.
If I sand through anywhere, I fix it by putting on a bit of lacquer with my
finger and then swiping it rapidly (with finger) so it feathers out all
around the spot; I may do that 2-3 times before the final sanding and shine
They lay down a smoother coat, just takes more
of them. Also 5x more expensive and 5x nastier
to breathe. Tempted to build with brush on and top
off with a couple of dusting coats of spraybomb
lacquer to level out.
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