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I have a murphy bed front panel painted with lacquer, tried to touch it up around the handles with a aerosol touch up bottle
But the sheen does not match the existing sheen. Is this possible or do I need to re shoot the entire face?
Is the existing sheen more glossy than your spot spraying? Or is it less glossy, i.e., flatter & duller?
Let's assume that the original finish is duller than your spot spraying. Get an aerosol can of Mohawk's Flat (or satin, depending) Blender Flow-Out. Dust it on, kinda like hair spray. Done deal.
What if your spot finishing is duller than the original surrounding finish? Lightly sand it with 600 grit and then 800 grit (or 1000 grit, it's not so critical). Can you pad with a cloth that's dampened (damp, not wet, just damp) with lacquer thinner? Pad the affected area.
Another approach after sanding is to dust on Mohawk's Super No-Blush, it's a rattle can (aerosol, that is).
We aren't talking about precatalyzed or post catalyzed lacquer, are we? If so, the procedures that I just wrote about do not apply.
If you have a good build with the paint, use Mirka Abralon pads to adjust and blend the sheen. A little mineral spirits for lube and the pads on a random orbit sander, and you can do wonders. I'd hate to use them for the first time on a almost completed project though. But if it looks like a reshoot is going to happen, not much to loose.
Thanks for the reply Dan
The paint is Luster Lac a nitrocellulose paint sold by Vista Paint
The spot paint is more glossy
Are you saying that you would dust on Mohawk clear matte?
The best thing to do is hook up with a furniture touch up company and develop a relationship with them. They do it all the time and are usually very good at it. It usually costs me about $90 for them to come in and fix a spot. The results are amazing! Unless you do it all the time you will never be able to do as good as them and you will spend a lot of time trying with mixed results.
I had my painter re shoot it.
He said in that situation use a aerosol can of clear flat similiar to what Dan Shaf said.