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Canlak is a line of industrial wood coatings. Canlak products include lacquers & varnishes; UV products; Water-based coatings; polyesters & polyurethanes; colour systems; specialty products and much more. Canlak has been around since 19981, proudly serving homeowners, property managers, manufacturers and anyone who works with wood. Canlak offers a wide range of wood coating solutions, each designed to meet your demanding needs and specs. Bonds Décor proudly carries Canlak word coating products because we know them to be of superior quality. We want the best for our customers’ home and business coating needs. Talk to your Bonds Décor Ottawa specialist today about how Canlak can help you.
Catalyzed lacquer means that the lacquer dries through the process of evaporation. A pre-catalyzed lacquer has the catalyst added at the factory. A post-catalyzed lacquer means that you add the catalyst right when you are using it. Pre-catalyzed lacquers take a bit longer to dry, but they are definitely convenient to use. That’s why pre-catalyzed lacquers have basically become the standard in lacquers nowadays. Post-catalyzed lacquers dry faster, but they are more complicated to use due to the added steps involved. Chemically they are practically the same in the end. Your lacquer preference and needs may vary. Talk to your Bonds Décor Ottawa lacquer specialist about which lacquer is right for you.
This is another one that really depends on your needs and your personal preferences. If you’re looking for a more natural look, then a sheer lacquer makes sense. Opaque lacquers tend to add texture, tone and colour, so if that’s what you’re going for, they can be a great option. Talk to your Bonds Décor Ottawa lacquer specialist about which lacquer is right for you.
Lacquer and varnish share many similarities. Each can be applied to a wood surface to give the wood a glossier look and an added layer of wood protection. Lacquer tends to me more durable. Lacquer tends to be even more hard-wearing than varnish. Lacquer can, in this regard, be seen as more durable than varnish and thus more preferable for finishing woodwork projects. Varnish is usually brushed onto wood, like a paint or stain, while lacquer involves a spraying process. Lacquer dries more quickly, and thus one coat usually suffices. Varnish, like paint or stain, can take multiple coats to do the job right. Lacquer is susceptible to scratching and discoloration over time. Lacquer produces more of a sheen than varnish, which tends to give a semi-gloss or satin sheen finish. Each can be appropriate for a variety of situations and preferences. Talk to your Bonds Décor Ottawa lacquer & varnish specialist about which is right for you.
This can vary depending on what you are putting the finish on. For wood surfaces that need a strong and durable finish such as wood flooring, tables and countertops, aim for 3 coats. Wood chairs, stools and other items that don’t see constant use can get away with 2 coats, but a third will never hurt.
Normally, you would wait a full 24 hours before applying your next coat of varnish or lacquer. However, CANLAK varnish and lacquers are specially formulated to dry quickly. Be sure to check the manufacturer label for the specific dry times for your product. Generally speaking, the next coat of CANLAK varnish or lacquer can be applied after 1-3 hours so long as it is dry to the touch.
Varnish does not need to be sanded between coats but it can help to remove any imperfections on the recently applied coat. Most lacquers will need to be sanded between coats in order to ensure a strong and even bond forms between the two coats.