If you have looked at or read anything about my projects, I’m a Tung Oil guy. Except when the wife/boss wants something else. Not a big fan of the finishing part of woodworking.
So anyway, the boss wanted me to make a drafting table for her to do takeoffs at work. It needed to be
1.5” x 53” x 37” and adjustable. No problem. Went to Rockler and picked up the hardware. Home Depot for the 3/4” MDF. Get home and 3 hours later we are ready to finish.
I started out with a brush on Poly. Not a good idea. Brush marks everywhere. I saw hours of sanding and more coats in my future. If I have to put more coats on won’t there be more brush marks? Like I said not a big fan of finishing. (sorry Bruce)
After thinking about it for a few days and calming down with a little BBQ. I thought back over the last three years of going to the wood show and stopping at the Earlex booth and always walking away empty handed. Even this year I walked away having a hard time justifing the $350.00.
Not anymore. I went down to Woodcraft and bought the Earlex HVLP PRO. As my daughter likes to say OMG what a unit. Took it home read the instructions, (no comments please) went out did some sanding and then fired that baby up. All I have to say is sweeeeeeet.
I switched over to General Finish water base simi-gloss and in the day and half I had left in the weekend put on five coats and may never use Tung Oil again. Even with a few brush marks remaining before I started, the finished flowed out and filled 98% of them. The gun can spray at any angle, has one easy to use adjustment and it simply put, Rocks. The cup has a Teflon coating so, clean up is super easy.
Granted I was spraying flat surfaces and not anything with legs or sides. I have a feeling that with this setup that has very little over spray and with the water base products out these days, so no nasty fumes, I have a new method for finishing.
So, to all you folks that dislike finishing like me. This spray system is well worth saving up for. I can’t wait to complete my next project so I can do some more spraying.
-- GOD CREATED THE EARTH WITH TREES, GOD CREATED MAN WITH BRAINS TO MAKE A SAW. THE REST IS UP TO US. LETS MAKE SOME SAW DUST.