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Is there a difference between a lacquer and a varnish?

No, the trade tend to refer to them as "lacquers" and the public tend to refer to them as "varnishes".

Can you recommend a tough internal lacquer?

We always recommend the Manns trade extra tough pro lacquer for internal projects that have heavy wear and tear. This is a two part water based lacquer that provides excellent water resistant and durability. We always get excellent feedback and it can be recommended for domestic and commercial environments.

What is the best way to apply wood lacquer?

Water-based wood lacquers are very easy to apply. They are low odour and easy to work with in small spaces or confined areas. Solvent-based lacquers are also relatively easy to apply. Some however have a very strong smell and should only be used in well ventilated or open spaces to allow for the fumes to dissipate and escape. Care should be taken when applying a water-based lacquer over a water-based stain or a solvent-based lacquer over a solvent stain to avoid dragging of the colour. Apply the first coat thinly and carefully, subsequent coats can then be applied in the normal way.

What's the difference between single-part and 2-pack lacquers?

Single part lacquers can be used straight from the container or tin and are perfect for use in most domestic environments. 2-pack or 2-part lacquers come with a hardener that is inter-mixed with the lacquer. 2-pack lacquers tend to be more durable than single part lacquers and dry more quickly, making them ideal for commercial flooring and other high wear surfaces.

Why do you have both a lacquer and varnishes section on your site?

The public often feel they don't need a lacquer and sometimes the trade feel they don't need a varnish, so this way we cater for both markets. In our lacquers section we have mainly included solvent-based lacquers, which are mainly used by the trade and in our varnishes section we have water-based products which are recommended for use in the home.

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