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    I have starting using Lacquer on items....I like fast dry time, but the gloss is really more like a simigloss. I wondered If a person was wait until the item was dried, and then buff on a certain wax to make it very shiny. And I wonder what type of wax should be used?
    Hawaiilad
    Larry

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    Try some liquid gold. It is a brand name and is available in almost any store including wally world.
    "Still Montana Mike"

    "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
    Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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    • #3
      I have the Beall Buffing System that I use on many projects. It really does a fantastic job on bringing the project to it's highest level. It is super easy and fast and lasts a very long time. Here is a link to it trough amazon, but you can order direct or woodcraft.




      Amazon.com: Beall Wood Buff System: Home Improvement

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      • #4
        Larry I am assuming you are buying your lacquer in a spray can. I use a standard compressed air spray gun for my boxes and buy my lacquer with a 30% gloss level but it can be bought with anything up to a 100% gloss level if needed. When needed I can improve the gloss level by polishing with a standard wood wax ... I use Mirotone teak wax.

        Rhys

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        • #5
          Thanks for the info Rhys. I have been using brush on lacquer...I use a foam brush. I'm not real good at spraying from shaker cans, so I stick to the brush on. Perhaps I should try one of the smaller spay guns to see if I can put thin coats on without making lots of runs. I will have to look for the Mirotone wax...don't think I have found it in the Big Box stores...where do you purchase it?
          Hawaiilad
          Larry

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          • #6
            Morning Larry,

            Waxes vary in their style and use. The Mirotone wax I use is a soft wax which easy to apply and to buff up quickly with a rag. I use it mainly on oiled items as a final coat after applying two coats of oil and it richens the colour and also penetrates the oil finish because it is a soft wax. Using it on a lacquer does improve the gloss level but not to the point of calling it a high gloss.

            The harder waxes are harder to apply and require stronger buffing to get a sheen but they will bring up the gloss level noticeably. I do use Briwax occasionally when I need to lift the gloss a little more.

            I am in New Zealand and these are the brands available to me here .... I have just googled the Mirotone company and it it does not supply to the USA.

            Cheers,

            Rhys

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            • #7
              With the spray on I wait for it to dry then after the last coat I buff it with a piece of brown paper bag. That does it for me.
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              • #8
                Larry my mind must be working slowly of late ... I have just remembered that on occasions I have used a car cutting compound which contains carnuba wax. With this you can get a very high gloss on lacquer.

                Cheers,

                Rhys

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the update Rhys...I was wondering if that would work..
                  Hawaiilad
                  Larry

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