How to Finish Wood With Lacquer Paint

How to Finish Wood With Lacquer Paint. Lacquer is one of the most commonly used material to finish wood projects. It's easy to apply, dries quickly and provides long-lasting protection. These qualities enable you to completely finish a wood surface in a day, giving your furniture a deep, rich finish that you'll enjoy for years to come.

Lacquer provides a beautiful, durable finish.

Things Needed

  • Brush-on lacquer
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sandpaper
  • Wet/dry sandpaper
  • Rag

Step 1

Sand the wood surface to remove any existing treatments and prepare it for the lacquer. Wipe away any dust with a damp rag.

Step 2

Brush a thin, even coat of lacquer onto the wood surface. Avoid leaving any puddles or drips, which would have to be repaired if allowed to dry.

Step 3

Allow the lacquer to dry, then sand the entire surface to remove imperfections and prepare it for the next layer.

Step 4

Apply two to three additional coats, sanding each layer before moving on to the next.

Step 5

Polish the finished lacquer with fine-grit wet/dry sandpaper soaked with water.


  • Make sure you work in an area with good ventilation when using lacquer.


  • Wood Finish Supply: Lacquer Finishing
  • "Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual"; Reader's Digest; 2005