How to use 2 component lacquer: WARNING, not suitable for all wood!

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  June 22, 2022
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2 component lacquer becomes very hard and the 2-component varnish cannot be used for all types of woodwork.

A 2-component paint has the property that it becomes hard.

You can therefore not use this 2-component lacquer for the soft woods.

How to use 2 component lacquer

Only for hardwood.

For the soft woods there are the 1-component lacquer such as alkyd and the water-based paint.

This is also known as acrylic paint.

Read the article about acrylic paint here.

The difference between a 1-component varnish and a 2-component varnish is that a 2-component varnish contains a binder that ensures a chemical reaction with the paint.

I’ll explain it to you differently.

An alkyd paint reacts with oxygen to dry or by evaporating the solvent (acrylic paint).

With a 2-component paint a chemical process takes place.

As soon as you mix the two components, the hardening process starts.

This means that you have to apply it immediately and can no longer iron.

While you can still do that with an alkyd or water-based paint.

2-component paint suitable for floors and shipping.

If you have a parquet floor, a 2-component lacquer is extremely suitable.

This paint is extremely scratch-resistant and wear-resistant.

The paint becomes so hard that you can easily go over it with heavier objects.

This is also often used over concrete floors.

Especially on a garage floor.

You can then drive over it with your car.

This is also widely used for shipping.

Especially below the waterline.

That is the part that is always in the water.

Antifouling is often used for this.

You can simply paint the part of the boat that you see with an alkyd paint.

Special paints from Nelf have been created for this.

Read the article about boat painting here.

Good preparation is a necessity.

Before you apply the paint, it is important that you degrease well.

Read the article about how to degrease here.

You don’t need to apply a primer first.

You can apply the paint right away.

You have to apply this on bare surfaces.

If a 1-component paint has previously been used, you cannot use 2 components over this.

You then get a chemical reaction.

You should see it as a stripper.

Fortunately, technology does not stand still and a lot is being done on prevention.

Nowadays, these lacquers are completely odorless, which is good for the person who applies them.

Which is also an advantage of a 2 component that it has a long gloss retention.

Of course there is a price tag attached to this.

You are assured of a nice and hard floor.

And that’s what matters.

Have any of you ever worked with a 2-component paint?

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I'm Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor, content marketer, and dad. I love trying out new equipment, and together with my team I've been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.