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#1 posted 01-13-2018 03:18 PM

I will say that SW is trying to sell you their top dollar paint and 100$ is way more than they should be charging (I got a gallon for considerably less, which may have been because their 40% sale, which seems to be going on all the time, and a contractors discount). But Emerald is good paint, especially for your application. It’s a waterborne urethane modified alkyd enamel and lays nice and flat and gets hard and doesn’t smell really at all. I thinned it between 5-10% with water and shot it with a dinky two stage HVLP with a 2.5mm tip set. It lays nice and flat if thinned enough. If your using a HF hvlp then I assume you can only adjust flow and pattern, so if you can’t adjust it to get it to stop throwing spatter, thin it a bit more and it’ll spray just fine. In my experience with it, Floetrol didn’t do anything but give me tiny bubbles in the heavy areas and quite a few in general, had to sand them flat and recoat, and I tried using it twice. So water is all you need. While it will cover just fine on bare wood in two coats, I’d suggest a primer beforehand, it’ll raise some grain and give you a good base to sand down smooth so your enamel will look nice and smooth. I’ve used a couple different primers under it, doesn’t really matter.

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