When lacquering a large area we would always recommend that you keep a wet edge for good consistency and flow, so that you achieve the beautiful finish that you desire. Continue reading for more information.
Keeping a wet edge is vital when lacquering a large area. Some companies have three contractors on site, one pouring the lacquer with the other two spreading it out. The constant wet edge maintains the ability to achieve a smooth flow and attain levelled overlap lines. Matching wet and dry lacquer will cause overlap lines to occur, and will reduce the ability to self-level.
Achieving a perfect lacquered finish on freshly sanded timber flooring can be difficult. If you apply the lacquer too thinly and the coverage is sparse, it may become patchy and compromise any bare wood which is exposed to moisture. Also when applied too thinly, inconsistency in the flow will make it much more difficult to blend evenly, and there will be a reduction in the longevity of the protection.
If you apply the lacquer too thickly, you may encounter difficulties with levelling, and any self-levelling properties may become ineffective. The need for blending becomes more apparent when the lacquer is applied thickly.
The manufacturer recommends a minimum depth of lacquer in order to have a good wear layer. If a customer is dissatisfied and requests a manufacturer inspection, measurements can be taken but the potential consequences may be expensive. The coverage rate can be found on the Technical Data Sheet for the product. If you achieve different results to what the data sheet suggests, the lacquer may have been applied incorrectly, e.g. too thinly or too thickly.
Various lacquers will achieve different levels of consistency, flow, self-levelling, adhesion, structure and durability. The traffic flow in an area will have an impact on how well the lacquer wears. For example a bedroom has light traffic, but a corridor would have heavy traffic. This needs to be taken into consideration when deciding how to apply the lacquer.
If there are deep brush lines in the first coat, the levelling of the next coat is more difficult and in some cases unachievable. When this is so, a light sand may be required to ensure the next coat can be levelled. This will lengthen how long the job takes as well as increasing the level of dust in the environment and the workload.
When applying a lacquer whether rolling, spreading or brushing, we would always recommend referring to the manufacturer’s instructions. This will assist you in ensuring the lacquer coverage is sufficient, hardwearing, and long lasting.