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Furniture Lacquering & Painting

The term ‘lacquer’ is used for a number of hard and potentially shiny finishes.

Asian lacquerware, sometimes called ‘true lacquer’, are objects coated with treated, dyed and dried sap, applied in several coats — this dries to a very hard and smooth surface layer which is durable and waterproof. Asian lacquerware may be painted with images, inlaid with shell and other materials, carved, or given decorative treatments like gold dusting.

In modern techniques, lacquer means a range of clear or colored wood finishes that dry by solvent evaporation or a curing process that produces a hard, durable finish. The finish can range in sheen level from ultra matte to high gloss.