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Tim Kindrick

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#1 posted 07-18-2011 11:42 PM

David, I have always been intimidated by most spray guns, HVLP or otherwise. However, I have used airbrushes to paint small things like fishing lures and artwork on t-shirts. Earlier this year, I was looking for a quick and easy way to apply poly to my Spalted Pecan serving tray when I came across an old single action airbrush that I bought at Harbor Freight several years ago. I thought it would be the perfect solution because I only wanted to apply a couple of thin coats of Semi-gloss Poly. It wasn’t.

I thinned the poly 50-50 with mineral spirits but that was too thin and it took too long to actual get the product on the wood. Second coat was 1pt mineral spirits to 2pts Poly and it worked better but I still didn’t get even coats applied because the spray pattern was too small. It took 6 coats before I got it right but it was a HUGE hassle. I immediately went out and bought an HPLV sprayer to start experimenting with. I probably won’t be using an airbrush on anything else except very small projects.

I suggest that you purchase one of those cheap single action airbrushes at HF for about $10.00 or less. You don’t need a double action to apply finishes because you won’t need to adjust the spray pattern AND the volume at the same time (thus “double” action). As with all other spray equipment, you’ll need an inline filter and a moisture separator.

Good luck! If you have any further questions, feel free to message me.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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