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Duco is an NC lacquer originally meant for the automotive industry. Duco paint is available in opaque colours and as a transparent lacquer too. It can be applied on wood and metal surfaces with the appropriate surface preparation. Duco paint is now phased out in the automotive industry but has found a new life in the decorative segment. High end furniture and interiors are now a days finished with Duco paints.

Giving your furniture a duco finish involves hiding the natural grain of wood and covering it in a layer of opaque paint. Duco, when done well has the ability to give a luxurious and expensive look to any ordinary furniture. It is mainly applied on the furniture by spraying it. 

Fast Drying, High Solid content, Excellent Water Barrier, Excellent Self Levelling properties, takes very well to buffing to give a high sheen, Smooth and Hard finish.

Areas of Application:

  • Automobile body
  • Plywood and MDF
  • Sheet Metal
  • MS angles and flats
  • Architectural and Industrial metal structures

The different surfaces require different preparations. Let us look at the application methods for each of the surfaces mentioned above.

Materials required are compressor capable of delivering 30-40 psi pressure consistently, a good quality spray gun – preferably HVLP type, Safety Equipment – Mask, Glasses, Gloves and Overalls, Degreaser solvent, Degreaser Cloth, Duco Oil Primer / MRF Etch Primer.

Tak Cloths – to remove sanding dust.

Duco Primer Surfacer – Grey / White – depending on the top coat colour you choose. For Lighter coloured top coats, use Primer Surfacer White and for darker topcoats, use Primer Surfacer Grey, Cotton Waste

Apply 2 coats of Duco NC Lacquer thinned with Duco Thinner in the ratio 1:2 of the selected colour. Allow flash off interval of 15 minutes between coats.

Leave to dry overnight.

Wet sand flat (remove gloss) carefully with emery grits 600/800and apply one mist coat thinned 1:3 with Duco Thinner.

Allow to dry overnight and polish the surface using 3M 1Step Rubbing compound.

For a higher gloss polish use 3M Premium Liquid Wax. The finish thus obtained is long lasting and durable.

Requires elaborate equipment to apply – compressor and spray guns are the basic requirements.

Colour stability on exposure to sunlight is average – easily yellows.

Attention to surface preparation is required before application – needs a skilled workman.

Duco is sensitive to the atmospheric conditions during application – A change in temperature can affect the finish.

Being solvent based, it is not environmentally friendly and precautions must be taken against the health hazards during application. At minimum a respirator mask, gloves and glasses are required. Body overalls are highly recommended. An exhaust system must be in place to extract the solvent flashing off the surface.

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