Buffing to High Gloss
My question is, would this work on Duravar or lacquer? We generally use satin per customer request, but it would be nice to be able to buff some stuff to hi gloss if the owner wanted shiny it post-install. Any help is appreciated.
The use of a Stuhr or National Detroit dual pad straight line sander and wet sandpaper gets you started. Follow this by P3000 Trizact on a random orbit then P4000 Abralon then Menzerna 2L with a wool pad followed by Menzerna 16 and a yellow foam pad. Finish this off with Menzerna intensive polish and a black foam pad, and you'll have them wetting themselves. Its best to use gloss materials rather than satin to get the full effect. Satin will work, it just will not be as clear.
From contributor C:
The only think that buffs better than two part polyurethane is polyester. The conversion varnishes will be almost impossible to get that same super wet look and will be at least twice as hard to achieve something close. And to do it on site after install, it will be even harder.
From contributor T:
I use 3M's polishing compounds on CV and get outstanding results. I use 60 sheen CV and cut to no more than 1000 or 1200 grit. The cutting compound takes out any remaining sand marks. And the finish has to be absolutely level. I can compound the finish after only 8 hours of dry time with no problem. 3M sells a Perfect - It 2 kit that has everything you need.
From contributor C:
CV will never look as good as two part poly, and is more work to get something close, so I don't bother. I use it everyday for my low end work.
From contributor J:
Rubbing out a lacquer finish on furniture is just like doing a car. I use 2000 grit wet/dry paper by 3M and lots of water to level the finish. Then I buff it with a buffer and compound.
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