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Forum topic by Tim_456 posted 03-29-2010 06:06 AM 1091 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2010 06:06 AM

Well, I followed the advice of some LJs and bought the woodcraft spray gun last week. I practiced spraying some water to get the hang of it and of maintaining the gun. Now i’m ready to get going with real paint. I tried valspar latex enamel that worked well thinned with a bit of water. I also tried an oil based that didn’t work as well as the latex and was a BEAR to clean up. Cleaning with mineral spirits really is annoying. So my question is, what paint (as in brands and types) do people use when spraying? I’m looking to spray my furniture and some doors I installed. I find alot of generic info, but nothing specific. Also, do people thin latex with water or some other solvent? also, what ratio of paint to thinner do people use?


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#1 posted 03-30-2010 12:26 AM

Thin Latex with Floetrol. Home Depot has it. You don’t need very much.

-- Gerry,

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#2 posted 03-30-2010 03:48 PM

Thanks Gerry, I’ll give that a try this weekend.

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#3 posted 03-30-2010 04:33 PM

Tim, I’ve been spraying for a number of years, and the clean up is almost if not as important as the prep work for a good spray finish.

The water based finishes have come a LONG way in the last 5 years in terms of wearablity. I used to be afraid to use them on doors and surfaces that will take a lot of wear.

I’m in the middle of spraying out a set of cabinets for a customer that specified oil based. I thin it down for spraying and and in Penetrol to give me a nice smooth finish with little to no orange peel look. As for clean up, I spray out completely the paint, then add in just about a 1/4 cup of thinner and shake it around for a minute or two to clean up the insides of the sprayer. Then spray this out and repeat until the sprayer runs clean. Once that’s done I take a rag soaked with thinner and wipe down the outside of the gun and the cap. Then I store the gun upside down with the cap off, so that it drains completely, and that nothing drops down inside the gun while its stored.

Penetrol and Flotrol are great additives when you are spraying.

As for which paint, for me it breaks down like this:

Latex – easy clean up, faster drying. It just does not wear the same as oil based in my opinion for things like cabinet doors, window sills and other surfaces that take a lot of abuse.

Oil based – slower drying, stronger odors, hazardous chemicals. Even with those strikes against it, Oil based tends to give excellent results when sprayed and is long lasting.

Lacquer finish – fast fast drying, hazardous chemicals, fire hazard. Very easy to sand and build up a finish. Amazing results when spraying. I use a lot of the catalyzed lacquer now due to the results it gives me.

I purchase most all of my supplies from Sherwin-Williams, the folks there are knowledgeable and don’t mind when I ask a lot of questions. A true paint store can give you much more advice on things than the clerks at the box stores, from my experience with them.

-- James

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#4 posted 03-30-2010 06:53 PM

We use all Sherwin Williams products. They are very helpful and provide a lot of good advice, great product and customer service. We use mostly lacquer and oil finishes. On a recent kitchen we did use a Behr latex on the cabinets at the request of the customer and they turned out great. The Behr Latex was high quality and dried to a hard enamel.

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#5 posted 03-31-2010 03:59 AM

LJs thanks for the help and the information! There’s a ton of duplicate info on how to “use” the gun but not on the paint that goes in it. Thanks for the help with this. i’m going to give the laquer a try! I’ll let you guys know how it goes;)

thanks again for the help!

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#6 posted 03-31-2010 11:38 PM

There are a lot of finishing material types you can use to do finishing. You may choose the one that suitable to your project.

In my experience the NC is the easiest material to be handled. You can visit to my website: wisno furniture finishing find info about furniture finishing



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