Originally Posted by DrillingThrough View Post
I will need to finish my stave drum soon, which is made of white Oak. As the wood looks pretty good, my plan is to show off it's natural look. I want to just do a lacquer finish (no staining etc.). I have a few questions.
How do I clean it before painting (remove sanding dust etc.). Getting water near it will probably be a very bad idea. Can I use something like alcohol or should I just use a dry cloth?
Do I need special lacquer for wood? I have a can of lacquer that I used on my car a while back, is this fine? Does wood use special lacquer? Does the lacquer go straight on bare wood or do I need any kind of primer first?
Is spray lacquer worth the hassle? Spraying would give a thinner coat, but I don't really need it thin and I will wet sand it once I've finished.
i didn't read any other post's yet, don't wet sand after , lacquer doesn't like water ,i spray lacquer all the time, you can get spray can's ? if so i don't know what kind of supply houses over their you have , any good paint supply places should have lacquer for wood spraying , if so get some lacquer thinner and wipe the drum down , sound's like you don't have a spray system ? than you are going to be using can's, i don't belive they have a sanding sealer ? if so get that first, spray that on let dry , this will raise the grain fibers up somewhat now sand with a high grit , i use 400 buy any grit around that will work , you just want a smooth feel now , don't sand much just enough to get a smooth feel, now the finish coat's go on , you can feel the finish if any fibers are their just a lite sand again, now the next coat should be smooth to the feel, i wouldn't do more than 3 coat's of finish , after if you feel any fiber's again it shouldn't be very many , i use shop rag and just like polish with just the rag that will take care of that, , make sure the rag doesn't have any thing on it , use a new rag. this is how i do mine, only i use a HVLP sprayer and not can's , i spray lot's of lacquer tho good luck