WEEK COMMENCING 4 FEBRUARY 2024

Hi

Lots to tell you about this week, including your chance to be featured on our website… I’m grateful to Colin from Basildon for this idea; he suggested having a small gallery on our website, one for each product, showing what the finished effect is. It’s a great idea, too clever for us to think of! Would you like to have some of your work included? If so, please send us a picture (as many as you want), telling us which products have been used. Whilst we can’t pay for images, sorry, we will include the creator’s name on each one we use.
Image quality is important, so the bigger, the better, and we’ll do the rest.

One question that came in this week asked about spraying Acrylic Lacquer through an airbrush, what to use to thin it, and how much by. Our standard answer on this is to thin by up to 10%, and in the case of Acrylic Lacquer, water is the correct diluent. Ten per cent thinners is usually enough to give a sprayable consistency, and in the case of the Acrylics, it’s important that no more than this is added. Too much water will affect the lacquer’s ability for form a proper film, and will prevent it from drying.

Another question asked about how to remove the surplus Gilt Cream when using it to highlight the grain of something like ash. Gilt Cream does need a little encouragement for this, and pretty much any of our oils or wax products will do the job. Two important factors; don’t leave the Gilt Cream too long to dry. A couple of minutes is usually plenty. More than this and it dries too much and is harder to remove, and it’s likely that the extra effort required will remove more than wanted.
Also, if applying over Ebonising Lacquer, make sure the lacquer has had plenty of time to dry, especially if using Cut’n’Polish to clean up. Leave the lacquer at least 20 minutes, or risk removing it!

Lastly this week, a question about the best way to apply Melamine Lacquer – spray, cloth, brush, pad? The answer is yes, any of the above! Spraying will usually give the best result, but that isn’t always practical, so a brush, cloth or pad can be used. Which is best? That’s really down to the person doing the application! The best suggestion is to experiment with all of them and see what suits you the best.

Finally, this week, another Newsletter to tell you about! Not mine, this is written by our good friend Stewart Furini (getting his second mention this week!). It features tips, advice and inspiration, and it looks great, too! It even includes exclusive subscriber-only invites to Zoom demos. If you want to get in on the action (and we’d recommend it), you can subscribe >>HERE<<<.

That’s all from me for this week, I’ll see you again in seven.

Terry