How to apply black lacquer paint

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How to apply black lacquer paint
This can make for a glossy sheen to your furniture (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

There's nothing like lacquer to impart a glossy, elegant sheen to your furniture. Lacquer can be time-consuming to apply, since the object requires sanding between coats and lacquer cannot be used on top of other types of paint. Before applying lacquer, the object you are painting needs to be stripped to bare wood, then sanded. Homeowners working with black lacquer paint have a choice of spray-on or brush-on lacquer.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Face mask
  • Spray-on black lacquer paint
  • Sandpaper, 320-grit or 400-grit
  • Tack cloth
  • Brush black lacquer paint
  • Lacquer thinner
  • Paint tray
  • Paintbrush

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Instructions

    Set up a work space outside

  1. 1

    Spread newspaper out on the floor either outside or in a garage. Bring the object to be painted out and place it in the centre of the newspaper.

    How to apply black lacquer paint
    Clear a suitable workplace (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Coat the object with a thin, even coat of black lacquer spray. Choose a lacquer spray that is mixed with sealer and ready to apply as is. Some spray lacquers require mixing with thinners; most homeowners don't have the equipment to work with this type of lacquer.

    How to apply black lacquer paint
    Use a lacquer that is mixed with sealer and ready to apply (David Sacks/Photodisc/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Wait the recommended flash time, or time for the coat of lacquer to dry. This is listed on the back of the can of lacquer spray paint.

    How to apply black lacquer paint
    Wait for the coat to dry (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Run 320- or 400-grit sandpaper over the furniture once your lacquer has dried. Wipe the furniture with a tack cloth. Apply a second coat of lacquer.

    How to apply black lacquer paint
    Run sandpaper over the furniture once it has dried (Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Apply up to four coats of spray-on lacquer. Wait for the lacquer to dry. Your furniture is finished and does not need a sealer, since the spray lacquer contains sealer.

    How to apply black lacquer paint
    Apply up to four coats (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

    Brush-on lacquer

  1. 1

    Bring the lacquer to a garage or outdoors and place it on a bed of newspaper.

    How to apply black lacquer paint
    Create a work space (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Combine lacquer and lacquer thinner in a large container. For 23 litres (5 gallons) of lacquer you will need 8 to 10 cups of lacquer thinner. Pour some of this mixture into the paint tray.

    How to apply black lacquer paint
    Mix lacquer with thinner (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Brush on one coat of lacquer. Do not apply a thick coat; aim for a thin, even coat.

    How to apply black lacquer paint
    Brush on a light coat (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Wait the recommended flash time for the lacquer to dry. Sand the coat with 320- to 400-grit sandpaper as in the spray-on method.

    How to apply black lacquer paint
    Sand the coat after it has dried (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Apply up to four coats of lacquer paint in this manner. A brush lacquer will naturally be slightly heavier than a spray-on lacquer.

    How to apply black lacquer paint
    Apply up to four coats (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • Brush lacquers need no sealer. Spray-on lacquers are already mixed with lacquer thinner.
  • Wear a face mask when working with lacquer to protect yourself from the fumes.
  • Avoid working with lacquer when there is more than 50 per cent humidity, since this speeds up the drying time and negatively impacts the final product.

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