I concluded that last time I applied Shellac that I would need a lot of practice to get good with using an expensive brush. Shellac dries very quickly. I am not use to applying Shellac. I watched several videos and on 360 Woodworking I learned from these hosts that they both say spraying Shellac is the easiest method to master. Thus, I invested recently in a new Fuji Semi Pro 2 HVLP spray system. The box arrived today. This is my coverage of its unboxing ceremony. 1) The shipping bo...
Every second week, Harbor Freight has their standard HVLP (purple) gun on sale for $15 or sometimes even $10 but the box warns you that you need “X” amount of air to operate it. I say fooey! My small Craftsman pancake compressor advertises 2.7 CFM at 40PSI which is far below the advertised 6 CFM that the gun requires. Perhaps the HVLP gun has a similar “over-specification” as their 2HP dust collector? With the tank full and the regulator set at 50 PSI (while holding...
For those of you interested in helping (and learning from my mistakes). Thought I’d post a video and some pics of my setup. I have no one here to tell me if I’m doing it right or wrong, so figured I’d ask my woodworking friends online. The two pics below are my spray gun and my compressor. Its probably on the small end, as far as compressors are concerned – but when I bought it, it said it works great with HVLP. I am using a 2.0 needle (for paint). I...
I picked up a Fuji HVLP sprayer a couple years ago at an auction thinking I would need it someday; well that day has come, I need to spray 35 kitchen doors and drawers and I must profess my ignorance on where to start. I want to spray varnish (not water base) with it but I have a few questions. Can you spray polyurethane with an HVLP gun? If yes how much does it have to be thinned and what kind/size spray tip do you need. Any knowledgeable advice would be greatly appreciated.
Why buy it when you can make it! #16: Dresser Rehab [Part 4] - Almost finished...well finished but some assembly required
After an unexpectedly long detour detour to get my ducks in a row for my daughter's birthday party, I finally got to spraying on the paint for the dresser rehab. This was no easy feat, as I had to tackle two major roadblocks. I needed to get over my fear of trying out a HVLP. Since I was using a Harbor Freight HVLP, I wasn’t sure how well it would work. I had to get my wife to mix the paint color she wants out of the 3 cans of General Finishes milk paint we bought a while back. ...
Folding Candle Holder ProjectHey Everyone tell me what you think of this new Small project we can do in a day for gifts for the holidays! I have PDF file of this project for those that would like it. Just email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Everyone I have Finaly Got Moved Down From Up in Alaska To the lower 48. It has been a big move and lots of stuff got broken in the move because of the shipping container. But We moved to La Pine OR, And Built a new wood shop and Have just finished moving in WOW!!! I Still haft to put up some trim but starting some woodworking projects now.. Check out my new shop video and tell me what you think! http://youtu.be/cjh8HJTuMNA
As if I didn’t hate sanding enough, I’m starting to really loathe finishing. I’m making three baby gates for my little girl and there is a lot of spindles involved. Needless to say I am having a nightmare with the finishing process. I first tried spraying them but was getting too many runs as I don’t think my gun was dialed in properly and overspray everywhere because the spindles are pretty thin. I then sanded most of that down to lose the runs and primed it (I didn...
So when I last posted, I was having trouble with getting the #3 and #4 needles to fit without quite a bit of adjustment to the packing nut on the gun. Since then I’ve tried the following: new #3 needle sets from amazon and fuji, a new #4 set and a new xpc spray gun from fuji. I’m sad to say that nothing worked and the issue persists. Realistically, it probably won’t be a real world issue as everything I spray works perfectly with the #3 needle. But I just feel there should b...
Since I’ve been documenting everything about my experience with the Fuji Mini-Mite 4 I decided to collect all the info in a blog series. So here we go! Backstory (skip past this if you just want to read my impressions of the fuji):For about a year I used a Qualspray QS-125WB from homestead finishing with my makita twin stack compressor. I also opted for the bigger 20 oz cup since it was to be my main spray setup. In that year I used the gun a lot, and it worked great, but the comp...
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