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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 07-14-2007 06:30 AM

I have a conversion gun. I usually don’t spray shellac, but rather pad it on the flat pieces with the glue areas taped off with blue or green 3M tape. I tried spraying one, didn’t find it to be so satisfying (more mess, more explosive risk, creeps up the sides of box interiors, padding seems suitably fast due to the fast drying time. Six boards for boxes can be done sequentially and by the time you finish the last in series the first is ready for next coat. You can get three padded on coats in about an hour.
I think you can use any type of gun, but HVLP has less waste and overspray. Highland Hardware has a ShopFox gun under $50 bucks, or the PC gun at Lowe’s (actually DeVilblis) is reasonable.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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