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Cardinal Musical Instrument Coatings Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finishing Process




Steps for applying Cardinal Pore Filler and Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Step 1– Sand bare wood with coarse-grit sandpaper (180-220) Clean off the 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 datasheet for more info.
The filling can be repeated if desired.

Step 5: Ensure a clean surface. Reapply Cardinal vinyl sealer 2059-CLE18773.
Two thin coats, allow to cure for 15-30 minutes. Scuff if the 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 the environment.
Check datasheets 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 achieved 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 a commercial buffing wheel, using number 16 or 18 buffing compound.

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