Murphy Bed #12: Spray Gun Practice

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Blog entry by Gene47 posted 04-28-2009 01:14 AM 1522 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Sanded and Stained Outer Case Parts Part 12 of Murphy Bed series Part 13: Lacquer applied - first coats »

Well today I went out and bought myself a good respirator to use when spraying paint and lacquer.

Then after getting back home I went out and put some mineral spirits in my new spray gun and set up a large piece of cardboard and went to adjusting and practicing. I think I have the air adjustments very close to what needs to be when I actually start spraying the lacquer. I will just have to spend a few minutes adjusting the material flow once I get real lacquer in the gun.

I also fiddled with the patterns of spray to see how they will be and got a feel for the 2 stage trigger on the gun.

The truth will be in the pudding so they say and I am hoping the I have good luck with the process. I think if I do not try to apply too much material and take my time I should get some good results. Even if I have to put on an extra coat or two I will not be disappointed as long as I get a nice looking finish without any runs.

The runs are what I am most fearful of. My last spray experience was with marine polyurethane and a gravity feed gun that was not the highest quality and unfortunately I made some extra work for myself by applying too much material and having to remove some runs.

I will post an update tomorrow after my initial run. Wish me luck.

-- Gene Miller - it only took me 3 days 9 hours and 28 minutes to get that top flat!

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#1 posted 04-28-2009 02:08 AM

Good luck!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 04-28-2009 03:40 AM

It sounds like you are all set to go. I’m sure this will turn out fine for you.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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