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 Post subject: Reflowing lacquer?
PostPosted: Mar Sat 10, 2018 5:21 pm 
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Before I do something stupid and make the situation worse, I figured I would check with the experts. I want to try and reflow the lacquer on one of my cabinets. I thought I read somewhere that Mohawk's Blusher Eraser was the correct thing to use. Is that correct? Any tips before I move forward? Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Reflowing lacquer?
PostPosted: Mar Sat 10, 2018 6:08 pm 
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This video is about guitar refinishing but it looks like a good method:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=w86n1oGPPqI

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 Post subject: Re: Reflowing lacquer?
PostPosted: Mar Sun 11, 2018 5:22 am 
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It may get expensive using the stuff in spray cans, which is lacquer thinner and lacquer retarder. The retarder keeps the thinner from evaporating quickly, allowing time for the finish to liquefy and level out before drying. Unfortunately I don't remember the proportions to use for mixing the two. I'm sure the Google machine can come up with it.

The procedure is to place whatever surface you want to reflow so that it's horizontal and level and facing up. Then quickly brush on the thinner/retarder mixture to wet the surface and let it sit until it's done it's magic and has dried.

Then turn another surface to face up and do it again. Repeat until you have finished all the sides.

At this point it's usually good to add a new coat of two of lacquer on top and then rub out the finish once it's completely set up.


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 Post subject: Re: Reflowing lacquer?
PostPosted: Mar Sun 11, 2018 9:16 am 
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It didn't work for me !! Still looked far from level and worth wasting new lacquer on. Sides maybe but around speaker grills is difficult. May just be quicker to remove the old and start over. Possibly you can very carefully flat the old and not remove it all?

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 Post subject: Re: Reflowing lacquer?
PostPosted: Mar Tue 13, 2018 10:27 pm 
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I had that problem about a year or so ago with one of the wood RCA's. Someone here put me onto the Mohawk No Blush Plus Retarder and Super Blush Retarder. I got both. One worked better than the other and I can't remember which. I have to go out now and can check in AM or do a search under my name in the cabinet section. Go back a year or so. It saved me a lot of time not having to strip and start over.

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 Post subject: Re: Reflowing lacquer?
PostPosted: Mar Wed 14, 2018 9:53 pm 
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I did find it here.

Edit: Didn't work. Try Again. That didn't work either. Try below.

Not sure above will work. I started it with (Help with Veneer Repair and Refinishing).

Good Luck.
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 Post subject: Re: Reflowing lacquer?
PostPosted: Mar Wed 14, 2018 10:43 pm 
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Refinishing is not that difficult, so that is probably the next step. Photos? Two things have significantly reduced the difficulty of refinishing:

1) Using lacquer thinner with "0" steel wool and rags to strip old finish (touch-up missed spots after it dries).

2) Timbermate water-based grain filler (apply before stain).

The water-based stains are also nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Reflowing lacquer?
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Ratio is 1 part lacquer retarder to 4 parts lacquer thinner


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