High Performance Spray Lacquer is one Amy Howard’s coolest products. You can turn any flat, lifeless piece of furniture into a bright, statement piece that you can be proud to have in your home.
We’ve had tons of fun using High Performance Spray Lacquer when we needed a thick, rich, high-gloss finish of actual lacquer to give that edgy, chic high-fashion look to our pieces. We’ve used it on everything from wood to ceramic and glass and have never been disappointed. We’ve even poured spray lacquer in water and dipped ornaments in for a marbled effect. We want all of our customers to achieve this look. So today we’ll tell you everything you need to know about using High Performance Spray Lacquer.
With the right base, you can use High Performance Spray Lacquer on just about anything.
On surfaces like glass, plastic or ceramic, a base coat of One-Step Paint is necessary.
There is a couple of thing we have to do before applying our spray lacquer.
Depending the materials we’re working with, we might sand our piece before we start. For materials such as glass, plastic, ceramic, and beaten up wood pieces, sanding is important to give the sleekest, smoothest finish possible.
There is two cleaning methods we use when prepping for spray lacquer.
Primarily, we use Amy Howard’s Clean Slate, which works miracles for getting off grime, including dirt, sticky residue and dust.
The other method is Simple Green diluted about 20 percent. Once the Simple Green is dried, wipe off the surfactants, which prohibit paint from properly sticking, with a damp rag.
Amy Howard at Home Lacquer Primer is another important that is sometimes required for projects. Primer helps fill in the ridges of your piece and also acts as a sealing agent, so colors from the original piece don’t bleed through. This is especially important for stained pieces or mahogany.
For the best results, spray 8-10 inches away from your piece and apply to opaque coats of primer.
Before you apply the color lacquer, lightly sand the primer layer to soften any edges or smooth out any rough spots.
If you have particularly slippery pieces, such as this ceramic lamp makeover, one trick we used is to put a coat of One-Step Paint as a base. We lightly sanded in between each coat to make sure the spray lacquer had plenty to hold onto.
How to Use High Performance Spray Lacquer
Another benefit of Amy Howard’s high performance spray lacquer is the can. It’s has a directional nozzle that helps the lacquer spray efficiently.
Because of the nature of spray lacquer, it’s important to spray the piece systematically from top to bottom to prohibit overspraying. Once you spray an area, it’s important to wait until the paint dries completely before spraying it again. The spray lacquer quickly spreads and creates a film until it’s completely dry. Spraying a semi-dry area will make the spray lacquer dull and rough.
To keep the keep the paint looking sleek, lightly sand in between coats.
Just like any painted furniture project, the key to using high performance spray lacquer is patience. Instead of two thick coats, apply 3-4 thing coats. The key to giving a piece a sleep and solid look is to build up the lacquer finish.
Finishing with Bright Idea
High Performance Spray Lacquer tends to chip, so using Bright Idea not only gives it an extra glossy finish, but it’s essential to sealing the project. You don’t need to sand before this last step. Just like with the other spray lacquer, hold the can 8-10 inches away from the project.
How to Clean High Performance Spray Lacquer
Spray Lacquer furniture can be cleaned with a damp cloth or oil free cleaners.
There are 21 High Performance Spray Lacquer colors available. These bright colors range from red to purple and everywhere in between, including metallic finishes such as Silver Fox, Golden Egg and Copper Penny. You can purchase Amy Howard High Performance Spray Lacquer on our website here.
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Where to Buy High Performance Spray Lacquer
If you live in the Tulsa, OK area, you can find a selection of Amy Howard at Home at our booth at the Market at Walnut Creek, located 8281 S Harvard Ave, Tulsa, OK 74137. We offer a wide variety of products including One-Step Paint, High Performance Spray Lacquer, Antique Waxes, sealers, Mica Powders and so much more.
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