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#1 posted 05-10-2011 02:54 AM

Generally speaking you are going to want to thin whatever you decide to spray. I do old machine restorations and use a 30 dollar HVLP sprayer I bought from grizzly. It works quite well for what I am doing and my 20 gallon compressor has no problems keeping up. If I were to buy a new sprayer tomorrow though I would buy the critter gun because it is both simple, easy to clean up, cheap, and can be run on just about any compressor out there including pancake compressors.

You are definitely going to want to spray outside unless you have a 16 foot by 16 foot space indoors free of anything you don’t want sprayed (estimating on that size, but it feels about right from my experience. If the wind blows at all you can defnitely get spray on other stuff like your car so if you do it in your driveway make sure you car is not nearby. When I spray machines I put down a plastic painters drop cloth on the pavement (hold it down with sticks usually so it doesn’t blow away) then put my machines on pallets, spray them, then while they are still wet use a pallet jack to take them back inside my shop so bugs and whatnot does not get stuck to the machines. Assuming you do not have a pallet jack you can replicate this process by using a dolly and a piece of plywood ontop of the dolly. That way once you are done spraying you just wheel the whole chair back inside your garage.

I have seen other folk paint their Adirondack chairs various colors. I don’t know much about outdoor paints for that purpose. If you are not using pressure treated wood I would personally want to preserve the wood grain and would use polyurethane (thinned about 5 to 10% for use in a sprayer). If you want to use some form of pigmented paint I would suggest you go to your local Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams store and tell the person there what you are doing and ask their advice on which paint. Do not attempt this at a lowes or a homedepot because there is at least a 80% chance you already know more then the person behind the counter.

Hope that helps.

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