Forum Title: Repairing Lacquered front door
Hey everyone, long time reader first time poster. Sorry for double posting I don't know what I'm doing yet. I was doing one of my first big stain removal jobs using sodium hydroxide (defy stain stripper) and oxalic acid. Anyways, I had a front door masked off but with enough water the masking came loose and some of my chemicals found their way onto the front door (which I wasn't going to do anything with as it is undercover and in great shape. So now I've just created some free work for myself I haven't tested the door finish with lacquer thinner to see if it is lacquer but I'm guessing it is. I'm thinking now I may need to strip the whole door ( should I use lacquer thinner and steel wool?) and re-finish. I don't have much experience with lacquer but I do have 12+ years spraying oil/latex and access to an hvlp. Anyhow, anyone with any knowledge of possible touch ups, or the best way to go about removing and re-finishing I would greatly appreciate! Pete
Category: Painter Post By: EILEEN BYRD (Jersey City, NJ), 07/10/2019

Lacquer is an interior product so you are probably looking at an ext. polyurethane. Wiping with lacquer thinner will take a loong time. You might be able to sand and stain touch up the damaged areas and then apply a couple of coats of poly. Good luck.

- VINCENT WATKINS (Haverhill, MA), 08/07/2019

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