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Preparing the Surface
If the wood has been previously painted, it may be necessary to remove the old paint entirely to secure good results, although the old paint, if in good condition, may be used as a base for the cellulose. It should be given a good papering with fine glass or garnet paper after any varnish has been removed. Varnish may be softened with liquid ammonia and then scraped off. It is essential to remove the varnish, or this will crinkle if cellulose enamel is put on top of it.
Special Treatment for New Wood
New wood requires the application of a filler coat to close the pores of the wood. If this is not used, the finished appearance of the lacquer will be patchy.
Wood filler may be purchased at the same time as the lacquer. The filler closes the grain and pores of the wood and prevents the cellulose lacquer from sinking in, which would otherwise happen, even if several coats were applied. The filler must not be confused with cellulose lacquer. It is an earthy substance as distinct from a pigment, and is not intended as a finishing coat.
After the filler coat has been brushed on, flat down with fine glass paper.
It is advisable to hold the glass or garnet paper round a flat wooden or cork block of convenient size. This enables a flat surface to be obtained more readily. The abrasive paper should be cut into suitable sizes by folding and cutting with an old knife, and not tearing it up, as this is wasteful.