...Still don’t get why they called it Japlac...
It was called Japlac as a complement
With the forced opening of Japan to trade by Admiral Perry in the 1850s
Japanese lacquerware started showing up in America and Europe .
The Japanese lacquerware Finish was the Envy of the world , thick high gloss black , or gold .
the Japanese formula used the poisonous sap of a tree and a small amount of cobalt metal .
it didnt take long for American and European paint makers to try and imitate the Finish .
Marketing a paint as Jap-lac was a high complement , it implied your paint was as good as
the British brand Japlac was sold up till about 2013 ?
In America at the turn of the century , 1909 , the Glidden paint company sold Jap-A-Lac .
there was a fashion trend up into the 1920s to update all your old furniture by painting it with
Somebody's brand of Jap-lac.
these paints were brushable and the Cobalt sped Up the drying time .
you can still buy "Japan drier " in the paint store , a Cobalt solvent that will speed up the drying of any oil paint .
quick skinning paint and varnish ... have less time to attract dust and contaminants as they dry ,
but less time for brush marks to level out ..
there products in the hands of a skilled painter were the ' bee's knees' for a time
and paint makers
Advertised these high gloss paints as " so easy a housewife can do it " .