How to Use Pre-Catalyzed Lacquer


Pre-catalyzed lacquers are premixed lacquers that cure chemically. The catalyst is added ahead of time by the manufacturer or paint shop. When the can is opened, the liquid is activated by the exposure to the air. As a result, the contents must be used within a certain amount of time to still be effective. The amount of time needed will be depend on the size of the project and the method of application.

Things You'll Need

  • Pre-catalyzed lacquer
  • Bristle Brush
  • Sprayer
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Sanders
  • Prepare all materials before opening can of lacquer. All materials needed for the application of the lacquer should be ready and on hand. Ensure that they are easily accessible and ready for use by taking inventory beforehand. Replace any worn or missing materials.

  • Cover exposed body parts and wear a mask. Pre-catalyzed lacquer is a highly toxic substance and should be treated as such. Appropriate precautions need to be taken before applying the lacquer. Make sure all skin is covered to avoid contact, and wear a face mask to prevent inhaling toxic fumes.

  • Open one can at a time. Pre-catalyzed lacquer is immediately activated when exposed to air. Therefore, opening one can at a time prevents any unused lacquer from going to waste. Unopened cans will last as long as they remain unexposed to air.

  • Apply quickly. Using a spray gun or a bristle brush, quickly apply the first coat of lacquer. The first coat should be applied lightly. Repeat this step two more times for a total of three coats, and allow each coat to dry before applying the next one.

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