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Re: Glazes

Posted By: James Schooley <jschooleyfamily@earthlink.net> (0-1pool246-112.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 12/26/3 22:52

In Response To: Glazes (Tim)

Sounds like you are on the right track, but vinyl sealer should be used with a Precat Lacquer and a regular lacquer sealer under nitro cellouse lacquer. I prefer to use a dark walnut or van dyke colored glaze over a mahogany stain to get a rich antique look. Raw umber is a standard areing color, and raw senia is ok for highlights but is a hot tricky color by it's self. As for the finished item, if the last coat of lacquer has cured and is wax free, apply a fresh coat of sealer befor glazing, a light sand would be good too. I buy all my glazes in eight base colors and blend to get the exact tone I need. I put a liberal coat on with a thick long bristle hair brush of top quality to get charector in the stroke lines. After a few minutes I wipe some off where excessive, and using a fluffier dry brush, whip the remaining glaze into fine thin streak lines (if so needed) and wipe off this brush to keep it dry and fresh. Allow a few minutes to set and next I take a clean cloth with a tight weave, over one finger, wipe off the high spots so they are bare of any glaze, wait 30 minutes and apply 2 light coats of sealer. Allow 1 hour to dry and scuff very lightly with 320 open coat. If any color smears onto the sand paper, apply another coat of sealer, then sand. Now I start the top coats and after a period of cureing I can polish as usual. I prefer to make a sample block before I proceed to a final aproach, that way I have tested all the steps and know how it will look in the end. A stain should only be the under color when a glaze is used, it should be a charged up color as it will need to be lively and bright since the glaze will often block some of the high color but in the end that is where the richness and depth comes from. Vinyl sealer and precat lacquer will work with these instructions as well. When you get the hang of it you will be able to build colors and layers to get whole depth of grain where none exists, or create a multi color designer look just like the big shops, good luck, James.

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