Steps to Painting Over Lacquer Furniture

You may find it difficult if you do not know the most appropriate materials and the steps to take while painting over lacquer. Sadly, this painting tends to chip easily and makes it necessary to get it repainted constantly. So, if you want to avoid spending unnecessarily, you must learn to paint over lacquer.

This resin-based paint serves as the perfect finish for wooden furniture. The painting process previously lacquered is different from the way plain wood is painted, and it is a more difficult project to take on.

Painting Over Lacquer

For you to get it right at the first trial, this article gives a step-by-step guide on how to paint lacquered surfaces. 

Materials needed:

Paint, Primer, Safety gear, spray gun or a paintbrush, rag or sponge, and sanding paper (about 150 and 300 grit).

Before you start painting, the best place to begin is to understand the lacquer paint and the available different types.

Water-Based Lacquer

Manufacturers decided to produce an environmentally safe and healthy paint known as water-based varnish. It is much safer than most solvent-based lacquer paints. It is commonly used for the interiors of cars/vehicles and on bare wood.

There is a high constitution of solids in water-based lacquers. As such, it is important to make use of three-coats in24hours to achieve a fine finish. Make use of a lubricant during the process of sanding in other to get a smooth finish.

Acrylic Lacquers

It is a very dry paint that is most commonly used on automobiles but is currently used for wooden surfaces.

Nitrocellulose Lacquer

It is preferably used for musical instruments and other wooden products. It gives a brightly-colored appearance, and it also dries up fast. As a result of its nature to dry quickly, it is not advisable for beginners.

Urushiol-Based Lacquer

It is mostly water-resistant, acid, and alkaline resistant as well. It is best to use the lacquers in humid and warm areas; it dries slowly and is a long-lasting finish.

Step Two

Assemble, tidy up, and make the work area ready.

Get rid of dust and dirt on the surface you are about to paint. If the surface is a lacquered one, ensure you sand it. The process of sanding makes sure that the texture you desire for the surface is retained by it.

Make use of a 150grit sanding paper for a semi-gloss lacquered surface. Use a 300grit sanding paper, especially if the surface contains a flat sheen; this ensures that the surface texture is retained without any damage caused. 

Step Three

Use a wet cloth to clean the surface but ensure you do not apply water in excess.

Step Four

Use a layer of primer that is even.

This fourth step greatly determines how the surface would finally look like.  Using a primer that varies from your paint can affect your color, which is the first thing to be considered.

Also, ensure to apply the primer in the same direction; this is the second most important factor to be considered when carrying out the procedure. It should be considered when making use of a spray gun or paintbrush.

After your primer has been successfully applied, you will need to wait within 24hours before it finally gets dried. Do well to ask your salesperson about the required waiting time.

Go ahead to apply another coat if you notice that there are spots on the already primed surface. Never forget to layer in the same direction.

Step Five

When the primer has been made to dry up properly, the surface is set to get painted. Never forget to maintain consistency when you layer like the first time, then allow it to get dried. Even though the weather is a great determinant of how rapidly the paints would get dried, each painting has different rates of drying up.

Water-based paints dry up the quickest via evaporation, then urushiol-based ones dry up best in warm weather.

Step Six

Now, go on to sand the surface to obtain a smoother appearance and do this after each layer. When you want to get two layers painted, allow the first one to dry up and then make the surface smooth by sanding it before the second coat is used. The method has been effective with motorcycle metal and garden furniture. 

Step Seven

Here is the final step, and it involves the application of a clear coat. The coat makes the surface appear shinier and finer; allow it to dry and wipe it with a cloth.


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