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Murphy Bed #13: Lacquer applied - first coats

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Blog entry by Gene47 posted 04-29-2009 12:42 PM 1217 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Spray Gun Practice Part 13 of Murphy Bed series Part 14: Lacquer - Finish Coats »

After a couple of days of getting my nerve up to tackle the spraying of lacquer I made the plunge today.

I am using ML Campbell’s Pre-Cat Lacquer with a Wagner HVLP Conversion Spray Gun.

I did a little practice on a large piece of cardboard and then some more on the inside of the bed frame that will never be seen by anyone. After some tinkering with the controls I finally got a pretty nice pattern.

I then sprayed the outer case, headboard, and header with one coat on each side. After that I put the frame down and sprayed the outer face with one coat. I let it dry for a couple of hours, even though it was dry to the touch in about 15 minutes, and then buffed it with #0000 steel wool.

I then sprayed a second coat on everything which is what you see in the pictures and I think because of the open grain of the Mahogany it is going to take a couple more coats to get the finish I am looking for, nice and smooth.

Bed Frame

Outer Frame

I will not be able to work tomorrow but by the end of the week I hope to have the bed finished and ready to assemble.

Now I have to figure out what to do with the bedroom suit that is now in the room I am going to put the Murphy Bed in.

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



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Chris Davis

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#1 posted 04-29-2009 01:11 PM

Keep up the good work. I’ve enjoyed watching you build this.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 04-29-2009 06:09 PM

I agree, it is fun to follow this.

Are you using Magna Max?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Gene47

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#3 posted 04-30-2009 12:02 AM

I am using Magna Lac from ML Campbell. I was told that it is a little more durable with only a slightly shorter shelf life after mixed. I purchased only 2 gallon for this project and it looks like it is going to be about right. I have used a little over 1/2 gallon so far and should be able to do the final coats with what is left in this gallon and use the second gallon for the 2 cabinets that I am going to build to go along side of the bed.

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

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johnpoolesc

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#4 posted 04-30-2009 12:13 AM

looks like you’ve been srpaying for years

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 04-30-2009 12:35 AM

I have recently started using the M.L. Campbell pre-cats after using the Sherwin’s line the last few years. They spray and handle equally well, but I am hoping to get a little more durability out of the M.L. Campbell pre-cats.

I need to double check now, but I chose Magna Max over Magna Lac because I was informed just the opposite when it comes to durability.

I know another furniture maker/refinisher in town that used Magna Max on his dining table and he claims that he would not use anything else in a pre-cat for durability. To get more durability he would have to go to the post catalyzed finishes.

I just installed a dining table last night, to go with a banquet that I built, and I used MLC’s Krystal catalyzed varnish on it. If someone is paying me I am not trusting a pre-cat on a dining surface for liability reasons. This is supposed to be one of the most durable in their line (as I am told.)

I am going to do some testing on a sample board with water, milk, OJ, wine, and a hot coffee cup. I would like to see how the Krystal reacts to these situations.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Gene47

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#6 posted 04-30-2009 01:11 AM

My mistake. I just checked my bill for the Lacquer and I do have Magnamax and that is what they recommended because it was the more durable. Since this is my first venture into Lacquer as well as spraying I wanted something that was fairly easy and that would not be too much of a mess. I have an enclosed 10×10 area outside of my main shop that in the winter we use for a green house. I set up a box fan with a filter blowing out of the room and was able to contain what little over spray there was without much trouble.

For the time being and with no more spraying that I will be doing I think this is going to work without much of a hassle.

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 04-30-2009 02:04 AM

I think that it is a very easy to handle and I think that you will really like it.

The issue of durability does not really come into play unless you are doing kitchen and bath cabinets or a table that will get a lot of abuse like a dining table.

The average pre-cat will stand up very well on side tables, bookcases, shelves and furniture in general. It is also good for doors and trim in houses.

The Magna Max is supposed to be rated for use on kitchen and bath cabinetry.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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