Creating a rich finish that's tough as nails
Synopsis: If you want a finish that’s as tough and strong as baked enamel, more resilient than polyurethane, and won’t look like plastic, catalyzed lacquers are the thing to try. David E. Shaw uses them for kitchen and bathroom cabinets, kids’ rooms, and for tables, floors, and other surfaces that are subjected to excessive moisture, temperature variations, and plain old physical abuse. He explains the chemical properties of catalyzed lacquer, draws distinctions between two types, and tells you how to mix and apply it. He offers advice on glazing and on common problems associated with it.
If you want a clear wood finish that you can tap dance or iron a shirt on, try catalyzed lacquer—it’s as tough and strong as baked enamel, more resilient than polyurethane, and doesn’t look like plastic. Rather, it has that lovely sheen that only lacquer can produce, and it can be rubbed…