Spray lacquer varies in drying time depending on the maker and the method that it is sprayed. However, there are some similarities.
Lacquer in general dries pretty quickly when compared to other finishes. If you are spraying lacquer from rattle cans, you can expect it to be dry to the touch in around fifteen minutes.
With thicker coats, it can take longer, and thinner a little shorter.
When you are using sprayed lacquer from a spray gun, it can take longer to be dry to the touch, closer to 30 minutes, because the coats are heavier.
Finally, there is a difference between dry and cured. When your lacquer is dry, you can feel the dryness with a hand, but the finish is still delicate.
It will take several hours for a fully dried surface, and overnight for the lacquer to be completely ready to handle in most cases.
If you are worried about damaging your surface, look on the can of product you are working with, and check the full cure time.
Adhere to that time frame, and even give a little extra time just in case. This way, you won’t ruin your finish because you used the surface too early.
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