Describes when a fabric surface is covered with a solid and very high sheen that resembles lacquered paint and shellac varnish work.

Few furnishings fabrics per se are lacquered as the finish is very difficult to manage, perhaps the closest might be a heavy heavily glazed by the calendering process. It creases easily and dents, the fabric needs to be handled at every stage with kid gloves and consequently is only suited to flat surfaces.

Fabrics that are upholstered onto walls and screens can be over painted and finished with a lacquer or a high gloss paint. For this choose fabrics that are pre-shrunk, plain heavy cottons, such as canvas, or with a printed pattern.

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