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Cardinal Lacquer - Musical Instrument Coatings

Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finishing Process

  • Step 1: Sand bare wood with a coarse grit sandpaper (180-220) Clean off surface with air or solvent on oily woods.

  • Step 2: Stain wood if desired.

  • Step 3: Seal wood with Cardinal’s Vinyl Sealer 2059-CLE18773. Color/Stain may also be added to the sealer. Apply two thin coats 5-10 minutes apart. Allow to cure for 15-30 minutes. If you do not recoat the same day you need to scuff the sealer before applying lacquer.

  • Step 4: Use Cardinal 4760 grain fill over vinyl sealer. Apply sparingly!!! Reduce with Mineral Spirits or Naptha if desired. Use a paper towel, brush, or gloved hand to fill. Use burlap to remove excess filler. Allow to cure for 24-48 hours before cleaning with sandpaper or a light abrasive pad. Check data sheet for more info. Filling can be repeated if desired.

  • Step 5: Ensure clean surface. Reapply Cardinal vinyl sealer 2059-CLE18773. Two thin coats, allow to cure for 15-30 minutes. Scuff if sealer is not recoated the same day.

  • Step 6: Apply 2079-CLE17937 Ready to Spray Gloss Lacquer. Reduce with Cardinal’s 1200-08 lacquer thinner up to 10% if desired. Use Butyl Cellusolve in humid environments as a retarder if needed. Spray 3- 5 thin coats (1 mill wet or less) 15-30 minutes apart. Let dry overnight, dry times and application may vary depending on environment. Check data sheets for more info.

  • Step 7: Level sand with 220-400 grit. Clean surface! Repeat step 6 until desired thickness is accomplished. Usually 8-15 coats or 3 days of topcoat finishing.

  • Step 8: After you have achieve desired thickness with Lacquer.

  • Step 9: Begin final sand with 600-800 grit. Wet sand up to 1000-2000 + grit sandpaper.

  • Step 10: Wait 7-10 days before buffing with commercial buffing wheel, using number 16 or 18 buffing compound.

Always test process on sample pieces before finishing your Musical Instrument!!

IMPORTANT: Warranty and Disclaimer – The performance characteristics of these product vary according to the product application, operating conditions, materials applied to or use. Since these factors can affect results, we strongly recommend that you make your own tests to determine your satisfaction whether the product is of acceptable quality, has not been affected by storage or transportation and is suitable for your particular purpose under your own operating conditions prior to using any product in full scale production. Seller warrants the products to be free from defects in materials and workmanship. SUCH WARRANTY IS EXCLUSIVE AND IS IN LIEU OF ANY OTHER WARRANTY, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. No representative of ours has authority to waive or change this provision, which applies to all sales of these products. SOUTH EL MONTE, CA - CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA - SAN JOSE, CA - PHOENIX, AZ - DENVER, CO - HIGH POINT, NC - WOODINVILLE, WA - WARREN, PA - LAKEVILLE, MN - MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO - DALLAS, TX - HONG KONG