How to Do Crackle Paint Over an Existing Lacquer Finish

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Doing a crackle paint over an existing lacquer finish is a great way to give the piece a rich and polished look. Do crackle paint over an existing lacquer finish with help from an experienced and creative professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I’m Eileen Keshishian, and today I’m going to show you how to apply crackle paint over an existing lacquer finish. Crackle finish is a great way to revamp an old piece of furniture. For instance, I have this lacquered modern side table, which I’m going to age with a little bit of crackling. First, what you’re going to want to do is sand down the entire piece to make it a little more porous and absorbent for the paint. Once you’ve done this, I’m going to start putting on my basecoat, which is a matte black spray paint. This is also going to be my base for the crackle color. Once your basecoat is dried, you’re going to start applying your crackle finish. The thicker you apply the crackle finish, the more apparent your cracks will be. After three or four hours of drying, your table will be cracked and ready to be used.

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