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A helpful guide to lacquering

Lacquering is an ancient finishing technique used to refine the life span and appearance of different materials and has been used as early as 1200 BCE. Lacquering involves applying layers of lacquer, a clear resinous substance to the surface of an object to create a coating which balances durability while achieving a more attractive appearance.

Here at HJC Specialist coatings we pride ourselves in giving whatever object necessary, a smooth and aesthetic lacquer coating supplied by our team of skilled painters.

Read below to find out how we do this as well as the benefits that comes with lacquering an object.

The process

To get the most out of a lacquer finish, a specific procedure must be followed to allow for this durable and aesthetic appearance to take form.

1.) Surface preparation: Before applying lacquer, the surface of the object needs to be properly prepared by removing any imperfections. The surface may also be cleaned to to remove dirt, dust and other factors which could affect the adhesion.

2.) Application of lacquer: Lacquer can be applied using various methods, including spraying, brushing or dipping. Spraying is often the preferred method as it provides an even and smooth application. The lacquer is typically applied in thin coats to avoid running or dripping.

3.) Drying & Curing: After each coat is applied, the lacquer needs to be dried and cured, varying with time depending on the material.

4.) Final finishing: Once all the coats have been applied and the desired level of thickness is achieved, the surface can be polished to enhance its shine and smoothness.

The benefits of lacquering

Lacquering offers many benefits that make it a reliable finish to an object. Read below to find out the key attributes of lacquering.

1.) Aesthetic enhancement: Lacquering can significantly enhance the visual appeal of an object. When applied correctly lacquer creates a reflective and glossy surface that adds depth and richness to a material.

2.) Protection: Lacquering protects the initial layer of material with great effect. It acts as a barrier from factors such as UV radiation, stains and moisture and can guard against the everyday wear and tear that can effect an objects appearance massively.

3.) Durability: Once left to set, Lacquer forms an incredibly durable surface that can withstand longer exposure to the elements and other factors compared to other types of finishing.

4.) Easy maintenance: Services finished with lacquer are usually easier to clean and maintain. This is due to the protection it gives to stop dirt embedding itself into the base layer of the material making it simple to wipe down.

5.) Compatibility: Lacquer is compatible with other finishes allowing for no limit to creativity when combining separately finished items. This is due to lacquers being an enhancer and doesn’t directly change any colouring or pattern, only the aesthetic of the style.

Contact us to find out how we can fulfil your painting needs no matter the object.

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