08:49AM | 07/23/05
Member Since: 11/15/04
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I want to paint my kitchen cabinets red. I was watching a home show last night and they used red laquer on some wood chairs. Can I use laquer on the cabinets? What's the difference between laquer and paint? Would I be better off to use an oil based paint?

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01:48PM | 07/23/05
Member Since: 03/26/05
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Isn't laquer usually sprayed on instead of brushed on? Anyone?


03:21PM | 07/23/05
Member Since: 11/15/04
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The show I was watching was "Debbie Travis' Facelift" and they brushed on the lacquer.



02:00PM | 01/20/16
My experience is that lacquer can be brushed but the results are usually not that good...especially if you're at all finicky. Lacquer tends to dry extremely fast and even with a retarder will not flow out to a level finish. Be aware also that lacquer can and will dissolve or "lift" most underneath finishes such as enamel. There are so called brushing lacquers but I have NOT tried them. A polyurethane or epoxy might be a better choice. I have noticed in virtually all the home improvement programs that not one of them provides a close up view of the final results on painted objects. They all look good at a distance but what do they look like up close?
I had contractor quotes to refinish my cabinets that ranged from 10k to 15K. There approach was to remove all doors, hardware drawer fronts etcetera, clean/degrease, sand, fill for imperfections, sand again, prime with oil base, sand again then two coats of finish scuff sanding between coats. Clearly a lot of work hence the price. Cheers.

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