Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Nimick, Oct 16, 2020.
Alligator!? Lol whats that?
Amalgamator, i.e. something that amalgamates.
Amalgamate - to combine, unite, merge, or coalesce: The three schools decided to amalgamate.
Ah i dont think ive ever seen that spelled out!
Lacquer amalgamator works on damaged finishes and will generally eventually dry to the point that only a touch-up is needed. A typical use for laquer amalgamator is where vinyl mat, with a heavy vase on top, displaced the surface finish on a laquer finished table. The vinyl will destroy the finish. One would attempt the repair without having to refinish the entire table top by amalgamating the existing finish.
FWIW, vinyl, and many rubbers and other plastics, "gas off" and will destroy lacquer. To the point that.... lacquer finished guitars on a stand is suicide for a finish. Even in a case, I've had lacquer necks that I've finished, were years old and fully "shrunk in", pick up the texture of the plush lining, because the "plush" was gassing off. Its a real problem that luthiers (guitar smiths) even amateur ones (me) see.
So im assuming it is a close formula to lacquer and melts it back to a smooth finish? Like how you dont have to remove lacquer sanding dust before the next coat?
We dont sell as much lacquer as we did 20 years ago before i actually worked here. So Ive never seen it. Does it work on catalyzed lacquer or just conventional nitrocellulose base?
Knowing what i know about lacquer and shellac, i would never coat a gunstock with either.
We recently ordered a gallon of Old Masters brand Master's Armor waterbase urethane. I did a two coat sample and im really impressed with it. They even make an optional hardener for it. The flat finish is not dead flat, more like a hand rubbed oil finish. Im considering getting some of my own for some stocks.
Look a Mohawk finishes
Go see articles by Frank Ford at frets.com
Its all there regarding lacquer, varnish, oils, shellac.
Would your forum name have anything to do with that hobby? I have a 1959 ES355 TDSV Cherry with a factory Bigsby and all gold hardware.
Nope. Strictly Teles, although I prefer the Thinline. These days I just build what suits me, including amps and effects. Project355 is a reference to 9mm.
Lacquer, especially nitrocellulose lacquer, is a 'hot' finish; each coat melts the previous coat and completely combines with it. This is the reason you can sand a nitro-finished piece and not get witness lines.
You can test the finish with lacquer thinner in a hidden spot; if it solvents the finish, it's lacquer. It won't touch the poly's.
Touching up with lacquer is pretty easy because of it's 'hot' properties; poly's are much more difficult to spot-repair.
Goo Gone would be what I would try first.
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