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Crackle finish 2.

Crackle finish is an interesting finishing model. Cracked effect will produce a unique appearance to make an attractive product. There are many peoples like the crackle finish and are developing and generating many model and color of the crackle finish. Various types of crackle materials is currently available has also given the possibility to produce finishing crackle with many different effects. The vary different crackle effects can also be obtained by different applications techniques.
In our previous posting we already wrote an article about crackle finish which is use spray application to apply the crackle lacquer, (see our previous article: Crackle finish in the furniture finishing). Now in this article we want to discuss a crackle finish with different technique. The finishing system is NC finish, all the finishing materials used are NC base material (same material with our previous article), but the crackle lacquer is applied by brushed. The brush application will create the crackle with different effect and pattern then the spraying application. 

 the step panel of crackle finish 2
Here is the finishing process step by step.
1. Sealer application.
Sealer is applied on the raw wood to produce a smooth and even surface. Sealer is sprayed on the wood surface 2 layer evenly. Let it dry, then sand with using # 280 to produce a smooth surface. 

2. Black base coat application.
Black base coat is used as base color in combination with a white base coat on the top. Black base coat is sprayed evenly on the surface and let it dry.

 the crackle lacquer is brushed on the surface

 the crackle effect resulted by brushed application

3. Crackle lacquer application
Crackle lacquer applied on the black base coat with a brush. Dip the brush tip into the crackle lacquer then brush it to the surface. The crackle lacquer application is purposed to make crackle effect so it does not have to coat with perfectly even layer. Do one stroke brush to the surface straightly and let the lacquer dry to get the crackle effect. The resulting crackle is an irregular-shaped lines form according with the brushing line. Wait until the crackle is dry and the crackle process is completely done.

 white base coat is applied by spray

4. Application 2nd base coat.
Second base coat is needed to produce a more life finishing effects. White base coat is coated on the crackled surface evenly and then let it dry. After the base coat dry, it is need to be sanded. The sanding is done to produce a smooth surface and also to highlight the base coat.  Sand the overall base coat with the # 280 sandpaper then continue the sanding to sand through on some parts. Sanded through on some parts will let some black color come out appears in some parts to produce more attractive and live appearance of the finishing.

5. Sealer application.
Sealer is layered into the surface before the application of glaze. This sealer layer is needed to make smoother surface and prevent too deep penetration of the glaze into the base coat.

 glaze is poured and brushed on the surface
glaze is highlighted to make more life appearance 

6. Glaze application.
After the sealer is dry, the next process is the glaze application to make more antique looked. Pour the glaze and brush evenly to allover surface. Let the glaze dry and  do some highlights to create more lively and interesting impression. Some other antiques effects such as spatter and burnish brush glaze is also can be done.  Wait until the glaze is completely dry.

 antique crackle finished 
6. Application of top coat.
Apply the top coat as a final process to provide protection to the finishing. color and looked resulted. A NC lacquer with a low gloss is the proper top coat for this finish. The NC top coat may be yellowing but since it is an antique color, the yellowing is not big affect to the resulting color

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