77 Lubricite ™ is a superior padding lacquer for wood and leather

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How to use 77 Lubricite

*See our videos tab for a demonstration 

 77 Lubricite™ is a modern padding lacquer.  Its shellac based proprietary formula needs to be applied using the french or hand polishing technique, which brings out the depth, color and beauty of wood and leather. The gloss is controlled by the degree of application whereas, the more coats you apply, the higher the gloss will be. Ideal for filling and smoothing scratched or worn surfaces. 77 Lubricite™ can be combined with aniline powders and dry mineral powders for repairs or mixed with solvent based stains for added color. 

 *77 Lubricite™ can be applied over newly stained wood or over existing finishes. It also renews leather and prevents cracking and drying out. The leather color will deepen and enhance with each layer.

 Surface Preparation:  For wood:  An existing finish must be cleaned of oils, waxes, polishes, dirt and fully dried. Mineral Spirits or Denatured Alcohol is recommended.  See sanding suggestions in the below tab.

 Prepare Pad:  Use cheesecloth or a white lint free t-shirt material. Pad must be free of wrinkles or creases. See video on “How to make a Pad”.  *For higher altitudes or drier climates: You may need to add a few drops of linseed oil before you “charge” your pad.”

Application: Apply 77 Lubricite™ to the Pad. Using French polish technique for best results. See the “How to charge a Pad” video for correct charging instructions. Apply to surface with light pressure using circular motions or figure eight. Then apply more pressure with strokes going in a straight line across the piece which diminishes the stroke marks.  Always lift the pad at the end of each stroke. The pad should be in constant movement.  Do not press pad in one spot, or the finish  can mar.  Repeat this application until desired sheen.  In arid environments, the pad can dry quickly. If this happens, a dab of linseed oil can be smoothed onto the pad with your finger before recharging your Pad.  This helps keep the pad moving smoothly over the surface and prevents streaking or sticking.  77 Lubricite™ dries quickly between coats. Sanding lightly between coats with  fine steel wool or sandpaper will produce a duller sheen, if desired. See sanding instructions below.


77 Lubricite™ can be sanded in between coats with free cut fine sandpaper or steell wool. For dulling to a satin, use 4/0 steel wool pads, applying lightly, or rub lightly with 4/0 pumice stone (with water or oil).


Use only our #20 solvent, denatured alcohol, or methanol with the 77 Lubricite™. Any other thinner will not achieve the same results.

*To thin:  wet the pad with both solvent and 77 Lubricite™ completely before starting. Keep the pad moistened with solvent, add the 77 and press the pad and contents vigorously in the palm of your hand.

You can readily manipulate the applications to produce a thin or heavy coat as desired. The solvent will be pressed through the gum while padding, thereby helping to temper the gum to the surface. Add more 77 Lubricite™ or solvent to the pad as needed.


Mix our alcohol based liquid stains for overall color and glazing. For best result: mix stain and 77 in a separate container starting with 10% of color and adding more until the you have reached your desired color. Complete your process with hand polishing steps above.


Use only alcohol base dry powders with 77. Using a small brush, mix small amounts directly on a porous surface like cardboard, and combine as you would on a painters palette. Apply mixed powder color directly to surface to fill in scratches or any touch-ups needed. Continue with the french polishing steps above.  

See our “Wood Touch Up Video


Burnish or repair your leather using your learned technique. 

For additional information, click here Guide To French Polishing. Learn how to properly use 77 Lubricite™, a fantastic shellac used for wood polishing, woodworking, and for use on leathers. When using the French polishing technique, the end result will be a beautiful finish! 

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