Clear guidelines on how to apply lacquer finish to wood

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You have just finished the home improvement procedures and now your property looks exactly the way you have planned. The new furnitures, the fresh coat of paint, the excitement to move in your sparkling clean and cosy house create a unique atmosphere and make you feel even more determined to get the things done as soon as possible. You have probably hired a construction crew to do the job or counted on your skills and dexterity but in both cases your home needs thorough cleaning procedure and a final touch up polishing the floor. It seems to be an easy task provided that you have some experience and what is more important follow the steps bellow to achieve flawless results.

Let's start with some cleaning. The thick layer of dust, dirt and plaster on the floor should be removed otherwise all your efforts will turn out to be a complete waste of time and energy. However, in this case, some mopping and sweeping wouldn't be enough. Preparing the floor for applying the lacquer requires special treatment with orbital sander in order to remove any scratches and get the surface smooth. Then wipe the floor down by using a soft (preferably microfiber) cloth to get rid of all the dust particles.

Choose the type of lacquer you would like to use. In fact, you can choose the method for applying the lacquer to the floor respectively spraying or using a brush. Both of them have their advantages and disadvantages but it seems like spraying is the faster, more convenient and efficient method.

You have to get a spray gun or rent a professional one for achieving excellent results. In brief, the professional guns are powered by a turbine that makes the warm air with the lacquer to create an even spray and enables even an amateur operated with the gun easily. Read the instructions carefully and mix the thinner and the lacquer in accordance with the directions written. Then apply a thin layer to the floor and wait a couple of minutes until it gets a little bit dry. Try to avoid over spraying though. Another important detail is ensuring the good ventilation that will accelerate the process of drying. The high humidity of the air would pose a difficulty to the floor drying as well.

The next step is hand sanding the floor by using 400- grit sandpaper.

You should apply one or two more layers, depending of the surface and hand sanding should be performed every time.

And last but not least buffing the floor is compulsory for getting it ready. It is a pretty tricky but not impossible task. Let the coat of lacquer dry for a few hours and then start buffing the floor by hand using synthetic woolen cloth and orbital sander after that. Don't buff too aggressively or you risk removing the lacquer, you were so diligent about.

Perform one more wiping down procedure to remove the dust and wait a couple more hours before you put any furnitures or carpets.

Ensure the neat and dust free environment by following the steps above strictly and you will undoubtedly make your floor look like it has been professionally treated.

About the Author: Peter Davis is a repairman for long years so has the knowledge and experience to give you some useful tips. He recommends the services of Quality Cleaning London for the after the builders mess.

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