Before you start:
Feast Watson Crackle Lacquer Base Coat & Top Coat (sold separately)
2 x good quality brushes
Rags for any drips
NB: The frame in the video has one coat of Water Based black paint on it - this was done to accentuate the crackle effect.
Before starting any project, always give a light sand. This ensures maximum adhesion between the coating and the surface of your project. Sanding removes any raised timber fibres and leaves the surface smooth to the touch - both things are essential for a professional looking (and feeling) finish.
Prepare: Base Coat
Feast Watson Crackle Lacquer Base Coat is quite thick in the can, and is unlikely to settle, however you should still give it a thorough stir before applying it to your project, just be careful not to introduce bubbles.
- Using your brush, generously apply your first coat of Crackle Lacquer Base Coat.
- For maximum crackle - don't be fussy about how you brush. Brush it on thick!
- Allow 2 hours between coats. If applying over a previously varnished/coated surface, 2 coats of Base Coat will be sufficient. If applying to bare timber, 3 coats of Base Coat is required.
- Your second (and third) coats can be applied in the same manner as the first.
- Allow 2 more hours for your final coat to dry before proceeding to Top Coat.
Topcoat and Crackle Magic
Prepare: Top Coat
Feast Watson Crackle Lacquer Top Coat looks just like paint in the container. Please do stir it thoroughly before applying over your 2-3 coats of Base Coat.
- Using your new brush, apply Top Coat smoothly, making sure to back-brush.
- Make sure you brush onto all areas you want to crackle.
- Leave your project to dry and crackle for 4 hours.
Protect the look
Due to the nature of the effect, Crackle Lacquer will wear with handling. We recommend finishing with 1 coat of Crackle Lacquer Base Coat over the top of the dry Crackle Lacquer Top Coat to prolong the life of the coating. Note: The protective clear will increase sheen level and may change the look of the final finish.