How to Make a White Lacquer Finish


Lacquer finish is used to cover stained and painted surfaces. It is amber tinted but considered a clear coat. However, its main benefit is that it dries harder and thicker than most all other finishes. However, you can create a white lacquer finish for painting various wooden surfaces. You can make white lacquer finish in 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the batch.

Things You'll Need

  • Lacquer flakes
  • Paint thinner
  • White powder dye
  • 1-gallon mixing bucket
  • Food blender
  • Add 1/2 cup of paint thinner to a 1 gallon paint bucket. Measure and add 1 cup of lacquer flakes to the pain thinner, and gently stir the ingredients with a paint mixing stick. Allow the lacquer to sit for 15 minutes and restir with the mixing stick. To thicken the lacquer, add 1/4-cup of paint thinner at a time until you achieve a mixture consistent with syrup. Add more flakes--1/2-cup at a time--to thicken the mixture.

  • Add 1/2 cup of white powdered paint dye to the lacquer, distributing the powder evenly over the lacquer mixture. Mix the ingredients with a food blender until the white coloring has completely blended with the lacquer. Allow the lacquer mixture to sit for 30 minutes so that the dye might be fully assimilated.

  • Test the white tinted lacquer to observe its color. Paint a small amount of lacquer onto a piece of wood and allow it to dry for 30 minutes. If the mixture is too dark, add 1/8 cup of paint thinner and 1/4 cup of lacquer flakes; if the mixture is not white enough, then add 1/4 cup of white dye until the color is attained.

  • Preserve the mixture for later use by placing it on a covered container. Because the blend will settle and separate, remix the ingredients with a food blender.


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