Help refinishing cherry stair railing with lacquer

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Old 04-28-19, 09:59 AM
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Question Help refinishing cherry stair railing with lacquer

One of the caps on the posts of my stair railing needs refinishing. It recently came loose, as well, so that makes it easy to refinish in the garage, rather than on the stair railing (and in the house).

I stained and finished the stair railing originally (it's made from cherry wood). I used a wood stain (which I still have some of) and I used a spray lacquer (Deft).

Since the cap gets the most hand wear, one side of it has worn down to the point some of the color is faded.

What approach do you recommend I take for removing the old lacquer and then restoring the uniform color before applying a new finish?

Thanks, in advance, for your help!
 
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Old 04-28-19, 11:28 AM
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Get some stripper to remove the lacquer then sand it with fine sandpaper 120, 150, 180... then stain it. 9nce the stain has dried, give it several coats of finish. If you prefer using a spray can, poly will be more durable than lacquer because it is harder.
 
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Old 04-28-19, 02:47 PM
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Lacquer cab be applied over lacquer but a light scuff sanding (and removal of sanding dust) is required between coats of poly to ensure good adhesion.
 
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I second the recommendation to use poly! While lacquer can create a fine finish it doesn't wear near as good as poly does. Normally you can apply a thicker coat brushing versus a rattle can.
 
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Thanks for the tips!

After more research, I decided to strip it with lacquer thinner (which worked surprisingly well!)

I then applied the original stain again and it looked great!
I had some of the lacquer spray still on hand, so I gave that a try and it turned out REALLY nice!

I went with the lacquer partly because I was hoping to match the rest of the finish of the stair railing.

I'm really impressed with how this little repair project turned out... it looks like new again and it matches the rest of the railing.
 
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Old 05-11-19, 02:44 PM
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Lacquer is pretty forgiving, and easy to work with. Best part is that it dries fast so you can give it multiple coats in a short time. Glad it turned out well for you!
 
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