A fast-drying usually clear coating that is highly flammable and dries by solvent evaporation only. Can be reconstituted after drying by adding solvent.

The word lacquer is derived from the word lac, which describes the secretions of the lac beetle. This insect, found mainly in Asia, deposits its secretions on branches of trees and this crop is later harvested.


In a lacquer finish, the loss of gloss after compounding, caused by continued evaporation of thinner.

See also: Paint, Varnish.

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Subjects: Chemistry