Pros and Cons of Finishing Wood with a Lacquer Finish

If you are thinking about using a lacquer finish on your next wood project, here are a few things you will want to consider:

Easy Application

A lacquer finish has a very easy application process. Besides having to wait while it dries, the process is painless and painting it on is simple.

Sleek Look

With a finish you get a sleeker look and a surface that is easier to clean and wipe off.


With a lacquer finish on your wood you will be able to protect it from weather wear and tear. It will be less likely to deteriorate or crack and it makes it harder for mold to get in and grow.


One bad thing about a lacquer finish is that it will often have low resistance to chemicals. So after a while of cleaning or even a spill if your finish is on the deck with a grill, you may have to reapply.


Maintenance is a big thing when it comes to finishing wood. While it protects the wood greatly, you also have to keep applying it year after year, sometimes more or less depending on whether it is in or outside.

Bottom line is that there are both pros and cons to using a lacquer finish and using these qualities you will be able to decide if it is right for you.