Working With Lacquer: Proper Preparation

Lacquer has been a popular finish for wood furniture since the 1920’s. It provides a durable and high shine gloss to any project. There are some things that need to be considered before working with this finish.

Ventilation Requirements

Lacquer creates noxious fumes when used. If you aren’t using proper ventilation you can make yourself sick and cause a build up of flammable vapors. Whatever material you are applying the lacquer to should be placed either outdoors or in an area that has great ventilation. You also want to make sure you have a respirator on when you apply the finish.

Sanding and Sealing

Before you apply a lacquer finish you will want to sand the material down. If there is already a finish on the furniture you will need to remove it. Sanding will usually remove any existing finish. Once the material has been sanded and is free of other finishes you can seal it depending on the type material you are working with. If the wood is very dry then the lacquer will absorb in to the wood quickly, requiring a seal for an even look.

Lacquer is a great way to spruce up an old piece of furniture. The finish is beautiful and with the right care can last a lifetime.