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I have a kitchen cabinet package to do. The homeowner milled the wood from trees on his property (Ash). They will be stained and finished. In the past I have always sprayed lacquer to do cabinets. I don't like using lacquer and haven't sprayed it for a couple of years. Poly just takes so long to dry and I don't really want to make this a week long project as I have no finishing facility and will be doing them on site. Anyway, I will most likely be using lacquer, any product recommendations. I have also brushed old masters with good results, but again with the dry time. thanks
 

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Shellac is not a good finish for kitchens........ not water or chemical resistant. If you are looking at fast dry times then its going to have to be a water base lacquer, some of which are brushable. See someone like Target Coatings
 

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I always recommend using quick dry poly. It dries quick, which helps maintain a smooth finish. Laquer, shellac and all the others have their quirks.
Water base is really thin. Doesn't matter as far as finish, but it does matter as far as durability.

To my knowledge quick dry poly is just as durable as regular. Am I missing something here?
 

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Shellac would not hold up well to cleaners used in kitchens. If I where brushing, I would choose either an oil poly or an acrylic-urethane waterborne poly. The key with the waterborne clears is to get a GOOD one, nothing cheap allowed.

For spraying, a pre-cat lacquer but I want to look into conversion varnish some more, since it seems like they do not yellow much.
 

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Just did a piece of furniture for a customer (it was a slow week). I would recommend after a light sanding, go over with fine steel wool, the finish is like glass... also finishes level better when there flat (found that out the hard way)..P.S Love Zars...
 

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Do not use steel wool with WB clears though, small pieces of the steel may get stuck in the finish and the piece will develop rust spots.
 

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i have always used Magnlac with very good results every time.Magnalac is a pre-cat lacquer by ML Campbell.if you decide to go this route i would recomend using their stains too.they dry very quick and you can top coat the same day.For kitchen i would sugest you use Magnamax it is stronger and it is still pre-cat. if you do the job on site make sure you have a good ventilation.i hate this kind of jobs.good luck :thumbsup:
 

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forgot to mention earlier , you'll be better of spraying waterbourn lacquers.Ml Campell or Chemcraft make really good ones.Go check their websides.i hope this helps
 
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