Water based cross-linking acrylic lacquer which can be applied either by hand or using a spray gun (HVLP kit is recommended). While appearing milky in liquid form, this lacquer dries to a clear finish which is both environmentally friendly to use (cleans with water and does not contain VOCs), and hard wearing once applied. Use over our waterborne sanding sealer.
Posted by Rob Newell on 8th May 2017
I got an invitation from R & F to review this product, just after I bought it, but I was on a learning curve and so I didn't review. BUT Simon at R & F was really helpful, answering my questions. I'm a newish amateur guitar maker and wanted the look of lacquer without spraying. After several attempts to apply using good quality artists' brushes, I still had real difficulty with brush marks, so I started again using cotton rags. There were still marks, but these sanded out easily. With care, there are no witness marks, and this seems to be helped by making the finish layers as thin as possible. As for the finish, it is excellent. My first attempt at using it, and my top is as good as my Martin J40 (truly)! Obviously, I don't know if it will last yet. My regime was: wet sand final coat with 600 to flat and remove pad marks; dry sand through the grits to 2000 wiping with a damp rag between grits, micro mesh 3600 to 12000, maguires swirl remover. This product is easier than Tru oil or wipe on poly, in my view. Thank you, Simon
Waterborne Clear Top Coat Gloss
Posted by Paul Murphy on 14th Apr 2017
I've tried numerous of waterborne lacquers over the years and this is probably the best one I've tried so far. I used a HVLP spray gun to apply with great results. I applied 2 coats of the warming seal coat and then 5 coats of the Gloss top coat. It had good levelling and flat sanded and buffed up to a really high Gloss finish. It doesn't have that blueish tint that a lot of that waterborne finishes have. Over the last couple of years I have been using KTM-9, which is a great lacquer but it is a little soft. This drys a lot harder and from what I can tell so far not hard enough to dampen vibration of the top. I didn't give it 5 stars as I did find that it can chip at the edges if not careful when scraping around the fingerboard after removing the masking tape(but I suppose that is only a learn curve to finding the best way to work it). I did find that it does drop fill well with no burn in witness lines that I could see. I would have given it 4.5 stars if there was the option.
Murphy Custom Guitars.
Good stuff - 4.5 stars actually!! (needs aerosol version)
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Feb 2017
As an amateur who's messed around doing up a few guitars over the years, the problem has always been finding a decent paint. I've tried various DIY/automotive sprays which can give a nice looking finish but literally take a year to harden! This lacquer is good stuff which dries quickly and hardens properly within days. Very clean and easy to use also, being water based. Such a shame it isn't available in aerosol form. I tried brushing it on and then flatting back with wet and dry and polishing compound. Whilst it is possible to take out all the brush marks I found it it impossible not to go through the top coat to the one underneath. This left very faint marks on the surface where this happened. I tried a second time with a heavy top coat but still no luck. I bought a cheap spray gun in the end! I notice someone now on here applied it using a rag, so perhaps that is the way to go...
Excellent, safe lacquer
Posted by Austrian John on 29th Oct 2015
My work area is not well ventilated so I prefer to apply water based stains, paints and lacquer by hand rather than spraying more toxic options. This is easy to apply and dries to a nice, clear shine
Excellent and easy to use lacquer
Posted by Mark on 13th Jun 2015
I used this in conjunction with the waterborne sealer on a poplar body. The product goes on very easily, dries pretty quickly, gives a great finish and doesn't require respirators and VOC filter masks - in fact nobody else could smell it. Contrast that with using a nitro finish where the whole family complained about the fumes!
The other plus point is that as the finish goes on relatively thick it takes far fewer coats - I used three coats of sealer and four of lacquer. So the 250ml pots will probably do at least four bodies.
Superb if used with polishing kit
Posted by Paul on 9th May 2015
I've used the R&K Satin Water-borne lacquer on a couple of projects, with great success from cloth application. The gloss version - as I applied it with cloths, some 9 coats - wasn't quite as satisfactory, but was probably about what I expected from a hand-applied gloss finish. A couple of weeks later I used the RF3, 5, & 7 polishing kit after wet-sanding P600-2000 and I really can't believe the results, superb gloss finish, far exceeded my expectations. Not a lot more work than my experience with spraying in the past, overall, so happy to stick with the simple approach.
Very easy to use, great result
Posted by Unknown on 29th Sep 2014
I was a bit sceptical of the finish I'd get by applying a lacquer with a rag, but wanted a quicker process than the oiling/waxing that I've previously used on guitar bodies. I've used this over R&K spirit-based stains on two guitars now, and have been very pleased with the outcome.