Anybody know how to make those water marks you see in antique finishes? I'm building and finishing some heavily distressed alder cabinets that will have a stain and glaze with a water based lacquer finish. The designer wants these very light water mark stains that look like a small (quarter to half inch) ring throughout the work.
From contributor J:
Just like you said, they are water marks. When I have to do them, I sand the unit to 150, then just drop drops of water on it where you want the marks, let it dry, and voila. When you stain it, the stain will highlight all the watermarks.
Pour some mineral spirits into a shallow dish - just enough to make a small puddle and put a glass, vase or whatever object you want to duplicate into the mineral spirits. Put the object on the lacquered surface and bring it back up, leaving the mineral spirits in the watermark shape.
Immediately spray lacquer. When the lacquer hits the mineral spirits it will kick the NC out of solution and it will turn white. It may take some practicing to get it right and sometimes the kick-out isn't immediate.