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    Can one apply Lacquer over a Varathane Natural Oil Finish product. Love the look but does not presently offer much for protection.
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      What sort of lacquer are you thinking of using? Waterbased? Solvent based? Are you going to brush, wipe or spray it on? It makes a difference.
      Whichever your choice I would strongly recommend a sealer between the oiled surface and the lacquer.
      For waterbased, dewaxed shellac is a good choice and for solvent based a vinyl sealer is the preferred product.
      Nice tray btw

      Paul

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        Originally posted by Paul O in Paris View Post
        What sort of lacquer are you thinking of using? Waterbased? Solvent based? Are you going to brush, wipe or spray it on? It makes a difference.
        Whichever your choice I would strongly recommend a sealer between the oiled surface and the lacquer.
        For waterbased, dewaxed shellac is a good choice and for solvent based a vinyl sealer is the preferred product.
        Nice tray btw

        Paul
        My intentions were to use solvent based in the spray form. Never considered sealer, thanks for the tip. Newbie and learning fast. Never live long enough to learn it all. Thanks for the compliment!

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          You can skip the sealer coat if you want to take a risk (it's relatively small if the oil is well dried) but it's there. Just mist on the first two or three coats of lacquer. Make them super thin and super light. In the trade they are called "Tack Coats". They will fell really rough to the touch but that's ok, you scuff them after they have built up a continuous film and you are sure they have stuck to the surface, then apply a heavier, wetter coat of finish which blends/melts in giving a good bond. Scuff this coat back until it's nice and even, then apply a topcoat and you should be done.
          For the Tack Coats, if you are using a spray gun just tweak the air and fluid controls to get the desired effect. If using a rattle can, hold it further away from the surface than recommended and move it faster than normal.
          Hope that helps
          Paul
          Last edited by Paul O in Paris; 12-08-2018, 02:57 PM.
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            Re: Lacquer over ...

            Originally posted by Paul O in Paris View Post
            You can skip the sealer coat if you want to take a risk (it's relatively small if the oil is well dried) but it's there. Just mist on the first two or three coats of lacquer. Make them super thin and super light. In the trade they are called "Tack Coats". They will fell really rough to the touch but that's ok, you scuff them after they have built up a continuous film and you are sure they have stuck to the surface, then apply a heavier, wetter coat of finish which blends/melts in giving a good bond. Scuff this coat back until it's nice and even, then apply a topcoat and you should be done.
            For the Tack Coats, if you are using a spray gun just tweak the air and fluid controls to get the desired effect. If using a rattle can, hold it further away from the surface than recommended and move it faster than normal.
            Hope that helps
            Paul
            Thanks again for the great advice! Look forward to trying it here shortly.

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