Lacquer Finishing w/ air brush

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Forum topic by RTJM27 posted 03-11-2012 02:44 AM 3258 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2012 02:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question spray gun finishing

I’ve made several clocks and have used several coats of lacquer to seal the faces. I usually use end grain pieces so the wood really soaks the lacquer up. A problem I’m having is that the final coat ends up uneven despite sanding between coats or not sanding at all. I’ve used foam and bristle brushes.

I’ve been told I could air brush the lacquer on so that it has a perfect even finish. I’m willing to spend some cash but can’t afford to buy something and then not use it.

?? So the first question, is this even possible to do with an air gun / brush, and second are there any good recommendations for kits, or guns??

I’ve got a 15 gal compressor that will generate 5.4 SCFM at 90 PSI.

Thanks in advance.

-- Reed

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#1 posted 03-11-2012 09:03 PM

Rattle can lacquer from the borg is all you need.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#2 posted 03-11-2012 09:28 PM

I’ve sprayed gallons of lacquer with an HVLP setup. You could probably use an HVLP conversion gun dialing the pressure back to ~35 – 40 psi.

For something as small as a clock, a rattle can would be easier. No cleanup. – lol

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 02:21 AM

Thanks a lot fellas.

-- Reed

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#4 posted 03-28-2012 02:11 AM

i got a Critter, check it out on Amazon, it is under 40 dollars and does a bang up job with lacquer. MUCH cheaper than anything else and clean up is easy and fast. You will not be sorry.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#5 posted 03-28-2012 03:30 AM

What brand lacquer are you using?

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#6 posted 03-28-2012 04:18 PM

I have the critter too ( I learned to spray with it) and it does well though it has a lot of overspray since it’s a conventional sprayer. Clean up is VERY easy.

Woodcraft has an airbrush set or a basic model. Both are inexpensive.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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