How to Fix Runs in Lacquer

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How to Fix Runs in Lacquer
Fix runs to create a brand-new appearance. ( Images)

Lacquer is added to wood finishes to protect the stained finish. Applying too much lacquer at once can result in heavy dripping or runs on the finished product and, unfortunately, these runs are generally not noticed until the lacquer is dry, eliminating the corrective option of rubbing a fresh coat onto the surface. Removing runs on a lacquered finish is a simple task that you can complete in less than an hour.

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Things you need

  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Lacquer
  • Foam brush

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  1. 1

    Locate the run on the lacquer-finished surface. Tap the surface gently to ensure the lacquer is completely dry.

  2. 2

    Sand over the run gently using 220-grit sandpaper. Sand from side to side across the run and surrounding lacquer. Continue to sand consistently until the run is smoothed down to the same level as the surrounding lacquer.

  3. 3

    Wipe away the sanding dust with a lint-free cloth.

  4. 4

    Dip the tip of the foam brush into the lacquer, and brush a thin layer of lacquer over the wood surface. Run the foam brush in the direction of the grain to achieve a smooth and even finish. Lay the lacquered object down on a flat surface to dry.

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