April 20th, 2012, 07:12 PM
New project. In process to paint a tele body. I am partial to polyu and urethane for its durability. Applying and doing the sanding thing in steps then final step to compound and buff out with polish, will I get that Lacquer glass top shine.
Is the Acrylic lacquer as sensitive as the Nitro Lacq?
April 20th, 2012, 07:41 PM
What do you mean by "sensitive"?
Colt W. Knight
April 21st, 2012, 11:54 AM
Automotive polys and urethanes are certainly more durable than lacquer, but polyurethanes you buy at Lowes like Minwax really aren't that much durable, they dent and crack fairly easily. The real advantage to using lacquer is it dries to the touch fast, so dust and bugs do not accumulate in the finish. Each successive coats melts into the previous coat, and it sprays easily without expensive equipment. The benefit to automotive products is that they are more durable, apply thicker, and cure quickly.
There is so much variation between lacquer types, it is almost impossible to say acrylic is tougher than nitro.
April 21st, 2012, 01:11 PM
I used acrylic on a bass build a year ago, and it is holding up pretty well considering the amount of abuse it gets. The clear coat I used is yellowing pretty hard core, but I don't really mind a little aging taking place.
April 21st, 2012, 09:33 PM
I've painted a car in urathane once. The stuff is expensive to buy, you need to NOT breathe it (it will kill you), but it has the durability of enamel with the fixability of lacquer.
I use acrylic lacquer for guitars. Just like I did in the 70's, I screw up. Easy to fix. Got a divot that the paint coats aren't covering? Drop fill with a bit of lacquer....spray another coat when it drys. Wet sand the area when dry. Get on with the rest of the coats. Cheap enough materials. A simple respirator is enough.