This is my first time ever posting at Lumberjocks; its my first time posting anywhere for that matter. Anyhoo, a little about me-been woodworking since i was a kid, over 30 years. My wife wanted new kitchen cabinets and I was the man for the job! I made a sample cabinet door, with raised panels, rail and stile. It turned out nicely and she smiled so i new she liked it.
I am very good with the design and making, but lack knowledge when it comes to finishing. I have come to like the water-based finishes. I have a decent sprayer, but I use it in the garage. Ultimately, a nice little paint booth would be nice, but like the vast majority of the guys here, it aint happenin’! I always end up with finish that is nice, but rough because of dust in the air. I have tried using 600-1000 grit paper, but it dulls the finish and I am sure there is a way to do this, but I have sweated many a drop and haven’t been succesful yet. I was driving home today thinking I needed to clay-bar my truck again. (I am a freak about my truck. It’s an 07 F250, lifted, etc etc and has absolutely no swirl marks in the paint-slick as snot!) What a clay bar does it removes oxidation and tiny little specks and bumpy things in the paint, such as road tar, rubber, and so on. It makes paint as smooth as-well you get the picture. I tried it on freshly sprayed (24 hours old) clear, gloss and it worked beautifully. It didnt make it smooth as glass, but i didnt want that. It leaves some of the grain texture, but very, very smooth.
I promise I will not patent this technique or charge you for it. But in return I want you to try this and give me feedback as well as keep giving me your great ideas!