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Homemade Lacquer based friction polish?
Nov 4th, 2005 at 6:15am
 
I just mixed 1part lacquer thinner to 1part lacquer and applied it as a friction polish.  It came out as good if not better than the Briwax shellac based friction polish I use.  I did some searching online and found a recipe calling for equal parts lacquer thinner, gloss lacquer and boiled linseed oil.  I will try it with the linseed oil tomorrow, but was wondering what you guys think.  The finish is much more resistant to water than the shellac based friction polish and it is certainly MUCH less expensive for me to mix my own polish like this.  I have read that almost all finishes found today including lacquer are food safe once cured(couple weeks).  It would be a good polish for pens and tops I would imagine.
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Re: Homemade Lacquer based friction polish?
Reply #1 - Nov 4th, 2005 at 6:44am
 
I also read about most finishes being food safe when fully cured (but I cannot remember where I found it).
Your friction polish sounds good, and reasonably priced. The addition of an oil based component into the lacquer mix is interesting,  and worth a test too, thanks George.
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Re: Homemade Lacquer based friction polish?
Reply #2 - Nov 4th, 2005 at 6:49am
 
The linseed oil should slow down the drying of the lacquer and it pulls the lacquer into the wood.  That has been the problem in the past.

What kind of lacquer are you using?  Spray?  Brush?

Another thought, you might want to try Acetone instead of lacquer thinner.  It isn't much different as a solvent, but evaporates a bit slower. 

I like your thinking here.  Let us know how your ecperiments work out.  You may be onto something here.   8)
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Re: Homemade Lacquer based friction polish?
Reply #3 - Nov 4th, 2005 at 10:51am
 
Negeltu:  Did you apply it using a paper towel with the lathe spinning??  I mix the same parts but use sanding sealer instead.. (which might be the same a lacquer). It dries within minutes.  Like the blo idea.
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Reply #4 - Nov 4th, 2005 at 5:42pm
 
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Negeltu:  Did you apply it using a paper towel with the lathe spinning?? 


I sure did.  I prefer paper towels so I don't get caught and injured.

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What kind of lacquer are you using?  Spray?  Brush?


Using watco gloss brushless lacquer, I believe.

Would Tung oil work as good as linseed oil?

Thanks for the input guys.  I will continue to experiment with this.
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Reply #5 - Nov 26th, 2005 at 9:02pm
 
  well guys i tried that  creation on some spalted alder that I used for a couple of bowls this week......
  All I can say is ...WOW!!  It is so easy to use ....oh ya and the shop dont smell near as bad!...lol
  Anyway just thought I would let ya all know that was a good creation and works good.

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Reply #6 - Nov 26th, 2005 at 9:18pm
 
which formula did you use grybeard?

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Reply #7 - Nov 26th, 2005 at 9:28pm
 
I will have to try this as well, sounds like a good pen, small box kind of finish.

Let us know how it goes with the oil.
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Reply #8 - Nov 27th, 2005 at 5:51am
 
When you add the BLO, it really darkens the wood. I like to use it on some woods for that purpose and when it dries can be buffed to a nice semi-gloss shine.
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Reply #9 - Nov 27th, 2005 at 6:34am
 
Mornin larry
  I used a mix of 1 part gloss laquer and 1 part thinner ..mixed well and then applied with a soft rag until it felt warm and then hit it with a dry cotton rag or buff mop.

  Dont mix much at a time ...it dries out pretty fast ...think I mixed like 2 tablespoons each at a time

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Reply #10 - Nov 27th, 2005 at 6:46am
 
Thanks for the info will try it this week
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Reply #11 - Nov 27th, 2005 at 8:49am
 
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I did some searching online and found a recipe calling for equal parts lacquer thinner, gloss lacquer and boiled linseed oil.


I've used this formula on and off for a while and have found it to be a very nice friction polish.  Small batches are best, a little goes a long way.
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Reply #12 - Nov 27th, 2005 at 10:19am
 
Is there a way to store the mixture so that you don't have to mix every time?

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Reply #13 - Nov 27th, 2005 at 10:35am
 
I went to the local thrift shop and found some small glass lidded jars that I use for such concoctions. They used to hold jam or something.  4 for 2 bucks.  Works fine for me.
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Reply #14 - Nov 27th, 2005 at 11:00am
 
Old babyfood and spagetti jars fill my shop for this kind of thing. Smiley
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