The answer to this question is not as simple as “rustoleum” and “lacquer” would indicate.
Both rustoleum and lacquer are chemical coatings of wood. As a rule, they are colorless and not visible (unless you put your hand under them).
Lacquer is generally used to seal wood surfaces to improve the appearance of the surface when painting.
The term “lacquer” was coined by James M. Smith. It is used loosely and is actually a synonym for “polymer paint.” The name “polymer paint” is a technical term for the chemical composition of paint itself.
Most manufacturers use polyamide (water based) paints to finish wood items. You will find polyamide paints at most kitchenware retailers and hardware stores including Lowe’s, Home Depot, Lowes and Target. For more information on wood, and polyamide paints, go to Wood Products.
What if I don’t have wood to finish?
No problem, you can mix wood lacquer with your color paints or paint a custom piece for your project.
You can also find lacquer supplies in a variety of stores in the craft and furniture sections of supermarkets and home improvement stores.
Lacquer supplies are available in two common types; white powder and pigment powders.
The powder and pigment powders need to be mixed together and must be applied evenly. A fine paint brush and some sand paper works well in this process.
What if I use lacquer only on some areas of wood and not others?
The same type of paint can be used on both the entire surface and on certain parts of the piece.
This is how paint is applied by professional painters:
Apply the lacquer on small sections of the wood surface with the brush.
Mix the paint between coatings to cover all areas of wood.
Spray the paint on all the wet areas.
Leave the paint on the surface for 24 to 72 hours (longer if you are working with heavier colored wood).
Remove as much of the paint as possible with the brush or with sand paper or paint thinner.
What do finishing touches look like?
Most lacquer finishes work with most paint. As a rule, the thinner the finish is, the more coats it can be applied in and the faster it will dry.
The following steps describe the