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Forum topic by mspain77 posted 05-10-2016 12:06 AM 445 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mspain77

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05-10-2016 12:06 AM

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Hey guys,
So I’m finishing up my Mother’s Day project (I know I’m behind schedule but life happens and my mom is understanding :). I purchased a HVLP gun after watching a few videos and used a Varathane wood stain which was supposed to just stain the wood bright red but still showing all of the grain and beauty. I made light passes with the appropriate spray pattern and this stuff went on thick like red paint. The can says nothing about diluting it, and I’ve read that since I’m in California there are different VOC regulations which sometimes means the paint is thicker and takes longer to dry, and stains are a different viscosity as well.
Short of sanding this when it dries and getting a distressed look and then clear coating it, is there any way to wipe a thinner or something on the dried “stain” to sort of thin it away and look more transparent?
Thanks in advance for any feedback guys.

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Slemi

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#1 posted 05-10-2016 05:20 AM

I might be wrong, but when using stain with spray gun (or any paint) the paint dries a lot in the air between the gun and the surface being painted on. So the stain was probably to dry before it reached the wood and so acting as surface paint instead ot soaking in wood.

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#2 posted 05-10-2016 01:18 PM

Did you wipe the stain after spraying it on.No matter if your spraying or brushing it needs to be wiped down after you apply it to get the excess stain off and the look you want.Try wiping it down with a rag with mineral spirit .

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#3 posted 05-10-2016 02:19 PM


Did you wipe the stain after spraying it on.No matter if your spraying or brushing it needs to be wiped down after you apply it to get the excess stain off…..
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