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Precat Lacquer

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by Collin D Plonker, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 2, 2020
    Has anyone else seen good results with precatalyzed lacquer? I ordered it my mistake on my last build and was astonished at the cure time and quality. I used Mohawk brand in a rattle can ordered from Amazon. I used the semigloss last time, going for a matte. It came out really nice and was cured overnight.

    I did research on it, and apparently cabinet makers love it because they can ship the same day they spray. I also saw Texas Toast guitars use it in a video.

    Of course, the finish doesn't age like nitro, so no yellowing or that annoying feeling of lacquer balls on the fretting hand that don't stick to your hand but still make you wipe it on your pants.

    What is your experience with this kind of lacquer. I'd really like your opinion.
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  2. Boreas

    Boreas Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Nov 3, 2019
    Adirondack Coast, NY

    No experience, but would love to see your results! Pix, pix, pix!
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  3. old wrench

    old wrench Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 2, 2017
    corner of walk and don't walk
    I used the Mohawk pre-cat in rattlecans on the first couple of builds.

    It works excellent :).

    I think it works just as well as the Sherwin Williams Lovac that I've been spraying more recently.

    The SW stuff is cheaper because I buy it by the gallon, but I can't say that I can see any difference between it and the Mohawk pre-cat in the finished product. Mohawk rattlecans are actually pretty cheap too, especially compared to other spray can lacquers.

    I still keep a few cans of the Mohawk stuff on hand for when I don't feel like screwing around with the spray rig.

    The "pre-catalyzed" part is nothing to be concerned with; as I understand, it's just a mild acid that helps the lacquer harden up quicker.

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