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    4 Seasons in 7 days

    From 2F to 64F in a few days, that is NC.

    Thought I was in trouble with spraying and curing conversion varnish, but with a little 240v heater and today’s temperatures, almost ready to go once we cruise above 68F actual wood temperatures in the shop.

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    Re: 4 Seasons in 7 days

    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Porter View Post
    What kind of CV?
    http://lenmar-coatings.com/product-d...ersion-varnish

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    Re: 4 Seasons in 7 days

    Your son's choice (Minwax Ebony stain on oak)?

    You're a fan of post-cat lacquer too, but why varnish in this case?

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    Re: 4 Seasons in 7 days

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    Your son's choice (Minwax Ebony stain on oak)?

    You're a fan of post-cat lacquer too, but why varnish in this case?
    Yep, that was my stepson's choice. Not my thing, Oak is also not my thing but it worked nicely. Just don't like the rough grain, not for fine furniture.

    Varnish gives the best protection for a table top, it is harder, more chemical resistant than pre-cat lacquer. I did not know one can get a post-cat lacquer.

    This product sprays beautifully, dries to the touch in 15 minutes, ready for sanding in 30 minutes. Use first coat as a seal coat, sand, one more coat and done. Very high solids, one coat is equal to about 2 1/2 coats of lacquer. One has to just be a lot more precise, temperature and humidity and spray technique.

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    Re: 4 Seasons in 7 days

    Stain after sprayed.

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    Re: 4 Seasons in 7 days

    That looks great!!! Seeing it on the actual tabletop really looks fantastic. Great work!
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    Re: 4 Seasons in 7 days

    Beautiful finish, after seeing the ebony stain on oak, I just might try it myself on a project.
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    Re: 4 Seasons in 7 days

    Very nice Willem!

    I recently used a Red Mahogany stain on red oak which turned out nicely (except for showing up sideways...)
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    Re: 4 Seasons in 7 days

    Just waiting for the upholstery materials arriving tomorrow and we can knock this one off the list.

    In finishing, the stain was time consuming, as each piece has to be painted with a brush twice, wiped down twice. The spraying was fast, probably around 7 minutes a chair. The Ebony works well with the Oak grain.

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    Re: 4 Seasons in 7 days

    I like the final result better than I originally thought I would with ebony stain on oak (was thinking "Holy Ch...., yikes, ebony on oak?).

    The table legs are an interesting change too.

    BTE, Mohawk makes a few post-cat lacquers.

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    Re: 4 Seasons in 7 days

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    I like the final result better than I originally thought I would with ebony stain on oak (was thinking "Holy Ch...., yikes, ebony on oak?).

    The table legs are an interesting change too.

    BTE, Mohawk makes a few post-cat lacquers.
    Thanks Jeff. Checked out the Mohawk product, they call it Post-Cat, but it is really a pre-cat, just giving you the safety of shelf life, so you can have 6 months after adding the catalyst. The Conversion varnishes generally have a pot life of 8-24 hours after adding the catalyst and we mix the two parts in an amount which can be used up in a day.

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    Re: 4 Seasons in 7 days

    Still learning about lacquers. I keep getting the pre-cat and post-cat meanings mixed up. Here's my take or confusion...

    1. pre-cat. The manufacturer adds the catalyst before you receive it so it's ready to go. I bought a few cans of aerosol from Mohawk which are pre-cat (of course, how do you do a post-cat with an aerosol?).

    2. post-cat. Like a 2 part epoxy. A can of lacquer and a separate bottle of catalyst and you mix in your shop when needed.

    In either event the shelf-lives appear to be about 2-3 years.

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    Re: 4 Seasons in 7 days

    this similar to poly?

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