So the first piece was really a “how does the trigger works” more than anything. some positions felt a bit awkward, and others’ were a mystery but all in all, a good learning experience.
as I posted earlier, the 1st piece is in front, while the original piece is in the back:
With the second piece, I followed some given advice added to the already advice I’ve been collecting online for the past who knows how long from people like Charles Neil (here on the forums) to FWW.com articles and the likes.
Coupled those tips and advices with my hands-on experience and understanding, the second piece came out fantastic! pretty much all the things I questioned about on the first piece were answered here. no more high glossy sheen, no more textured look. I actually got a nice flat, even, matte/satin finish on the piece! I’m SOLD.
What I did this time to make it better is this:
1. I decreased the material flow dial – letting less material flow from the gun
2. First coat was put on light, let it raise the grain, then cut it down with 600+ grit (I am told you can also apply 2nd wetter coat once 1st coat is tacky, and then cutt it with 320grit)
3. 2nd coat was applied heavier. then lightly smoothed out with 600grit
4. 3rd coat applied same way as 2nd coat
5. 4th coat applied same way as 2nd coat
6. 5th coat was added and buffed with steel wood #000
Which results in this: (new piece in front, and the previous ‘faulty’ piece behind it to compare)
The finish is nice and flat, even, has a nice matte/satin look to it – with no texture, no high spots, no high sheen, just NICE! I still had some small runs – nothing too bad, still need to practice no worries, but all in all, this one came out great!
After that, I cleaned the cup, put warm water in it, and sprayed that for ~2 minutes to clear the gun somewhat, then took the gun apart, and soaked it in warm water, brushed, cleaned all parts, and let it dry – total cleanup time was ~10-15min. not too bad considering I finished the entire piece in half a day with 5 coats on it and it’s sitting in the living room already.
Thanks for all the input and suggestions.
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