Is regular home depot lacquer the same coating they put on brass when you pay someone to polish and protect?

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Robert Poane on Monday, January 18, 2016 - 12:16 pm:

is regular home depot lacquer the same coating they put on brass when you pay someone to polish and protect?

I want to lacquer the brass hood clips and small items on the car because they could be a challenge to polish, but I do not want to ruin them.

Thank you in advanced. Bob


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tim Wrenn-Monroeville OH on Monday, January 18, 2016 - 12:19 pm:

Robert I don't know but I do use clear gloss lacquer on small parts and so far with great success.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Robert Brough on Monday, January 18, 2016 - 12:22 pm:

I use clear gloss lacquer on brass machine gun rounds for my military vehicle display. I know they use it on furniture as well. Don't know why it wouldn't work, but explain if it is the same stuff that others use.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jerry VanOoteghem - SE Michigan on Monday, January 18, 2016 - 12:41 pm:

Robert,

My understanding is that it's not the same at all. It's a baked on finish that's far more durable. I think it's also far harder to remove when it starts looking bad, which shouldn't be for many years.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Wolf on Monday, January 18, 2016 - 01:17 pm:

Never put it on a radiator


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Robert Poane on Monday, January 18, 2016 - 02:10 pm:

thank you!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Monday, January 18, 2016 - 04:43 pm:

I had the cowl and tail lamps lacquered on my 1912 touring by a musical instrument specialist in 2008. They are slowly turning dark under the lacquer. I don't think I would do this again. It does not hold up.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Michael Sommers on Monday, January 18, 2016 - 05:59 pm:

I would never use big box lacquer, because it is formulated for general use. If you feel that you do want to use a lacquer, I would suggest Behlen Brass Lacquer, as found on Amazon. It seems to work well, and for me, after about 5 years, it seems to be holding up. I would only use it on small, hard to polish parts, since I have found that removing lacquers is often a "chocolate mess"...


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By brass car guy on Monday, January 18, 2016 - 11:44 pm:

If you want to coat brass (not the radiator) I suggest automotive clear coat with an accelerator.

This is the coating used on base coat clear coat paint jobs used today. The clear coat today has some flexibility with expansion and contraction. Older clears such as lacquers are stiff and rigid and have no give therefore they get very small splits and cracks and then the brass will tarnish.

just sayin'

brasscarguy


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Patrick on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 02:01 am:

I have used both aerosol lacquer that comes in a can and is labeled for this purpose and professional clear gloss automotive spray gun lacquer, to protect polished brass. I stopped using the aerosol lacquer, as it invariably dulls the high shine of the polished brass and sometimes fogs up, while the clear gloss automotive spray gun lacquer always gives good results and does not diminish the high shine of the polished brass. Be sure to wipe the brass down good with a clean, soft, lint free cloth before applying the lacquer to remove all traces of brass polish. After doing this, you will be surprised at how much residue is on the cloth. Jim Patrick


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Peter B. Ratledge on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 07:44 am:

I use Mohawk aerosol brass lacquer on small parts like bolts,nuts, dash brackets and other small things that are hard to keep up. It will last for three or four years. To get it off just soak in lacquer thinner and recoat.
The lacquer is made to put on brass or brass plated metal.
I would never put any of the clear coat with hardener in it on brass. It is almost impossible to remove.
I like the look of freshly shined brass!!!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Frank Harris from Long Beach, CA on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 08:22 am:

50 years ago I purchased a gallon of Durachem brass coating enamel and a gallon of their thinner and I still have most of it.

You coat the brass with a thin spray coat and then bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. I suppose it is actually a clear automotive baked enamel.

When I worked at Airesearch doing Technical illustrations in 1952 the wording in the maintenance manuals had the mechanics clean the actuators and spray paint them with a good black enamel. Then they were baked as hot as 400 degrees to cure the enamel. They never used lacquer.

Durachem is what is used when making brass lamps and chandeliers.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jerry VanOoteghem - SE Michigan on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 11:00 am:

http://www.durachem.com.my/html/principal_activities.html


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jerry VanOoteghem - SE Michigan on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 11:06 am:

Maybe that's the wrong Durachem. There seems to be many...


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