Better than Paint
Pigmented lacquer is smoother, brighter, and more durable for fine cabinetry
Synopsis: A crisp, classic white finish for bookcases, built-ins, and kitchen cabinets is usually sprayed on to achieve the very even application it needs. But if you aren’t set up for spraying, you can get the same look using pigmented acrylic lacquer and the right technique. Sean Clarke demonstrates how to prep the surface, filling all dents and holes, using shellac as a sealer, and sanding properly. Then he takes you through the steps of priming, proper brushing, and even padding on a final topcoat for a truly high-gloss result.
From Fine Woodworking #226
Whether in modern or traditional interiors, bookcases, built-ins, and cabinets sparkle when finished in a crisp, classic white. For maximum impact, this finish requires a very even application and a smooth finish, so it is typically sprayed on. But don’t despair if you aren’t set up to spray: I will show you how to get an…