If I build with this antique box, should I use lacquer to protect it?

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wow, nice looking box and a question I am also interested in knowing thoughts of. My first thought was mod podge, due to the fact I recently am using it for the bass guitar build I am doing. Using mod podge to adhere 2 flag pictures on the body front, then will cover the entire front with it.  I did a build with a 50's King Edward box, I sprayed clear coat on it, it was fine and still in fine shape.

Yes, spray a few coats on that bad boy, nice box 

Sure.

Why do you want to use Lacquer?

I’m worried that the paper and paint will come off, and thought it might need some kind of protection. I think I’ve seen people use spray on lacquer for that sort of thing. Wondering if that’s the best solution. Some of the paper labels are loose now.

I am open to suggestions, interested in hearing about other people’s experiences.

Man I would just get a box you don't really care about that has the paper

with graphics like King Edwards box or something like that that is easy to

get and test it out on that first.

What stores do you have access to that sell Clear Coats?

good idea...testing on a different box.

I have Lowe's and Menards nearby.

I saw an earlier post about lacquer possibly damaging ink or paint...is that a concern?

Just don’t put it on too thick at once, several thin coats works fine? If you’re worried about the graphics, then get something water-based rather than polyurethane? I’ve never had problems with either tho? Good luck to ya

I used spray varnish with good success. Darkens just a little bit.  Probably want a matte finish on that one, glossy wouldn't seem to fit the box. 

I'd use acrylic-lacquer spray. Dries in minutes, so you can layer maybe 6 or 7 coats before the can finishes in 2 hours or so.

There's also acrylic-polyurethane spray, which is just as good.

Here is a trick I have used with great success. Buy some 1 mm plexiglass from eBay or wherever and cut to fit the top of the box. Screw it on with a few tiny screws. Now do any cutouts through the plexi and the box top. You have a clear pickguard that covers the entire  top. I have guitars that have been played for years and the labels are still perfect.

Interesting idea. Thanks.

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