How to Use Lacquer on Tweed Fabric

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How to Use Lacquer on Tweed Fabric
While a coat of lacquer will take away tweed's distinctive texture, it will protect it completely. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Lacquer is a finish commonly used by woodworkers to give wood a final, shiny and durable finish. While it's not as strong as varnish, it is resistant to heat, chemicals and moisture, while drying quickly and producing a high-gloss finish that enhances the shades and grains inherent in the wood. Even though lacquer's primary use is for wood, you can use it on tweed, such as on tweed amps and instrument cases, to give them a vintage look. The lacquer protects the tweed from stains while showcasing the unique pattern and colour of the material.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Handheld vacuum cleaner
  • Fabric spray cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  • Painter's tape
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • 3-inch nylon brush
  • Lacquer

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  1. 1

    Run a vacuum cleaner over the tweed to remove all the dust and dirt in the fabric. Spray your cloth generously with fabric cleansing spray.

  2. 2

    Rub the cloth against the tweed, removing caked-in dust or grease. Repeat with another cloth, soaked only in water, to rinse the cleanser out of the fabric. Allow the fabric to air dry.

  3. 3

    Tape off any areas you don't want to get lacquer on. If you're putting lacquer on an amp, cover the speaker part of the amp with newspaper and tape.

  4. 4

    Dip your 3-inch nylon brush in your lacquer and tap the excess lacquer off against the side of the can. Cover the tweed with a light coat of lacquer. When you are finished, allow the coat at least 3 hours to dry. Repeat with two or three more coats of lacquer, continuing to allow 3 hours between coats.

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