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Forum topic by Pops26 posted 08-08-2012 01:34 PM 644 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Pops26

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08-08-2012 01:34 PM

Hey all – I am new here and see that there are quite a few talented and smart folks here. A friend of mine hand crafted a bed for my daughter made of poplar. He did not have time to “finish” it before he left the country and felt confident I could do this myself. I have not finished a major piece like this in quite a while.

I need some advice. This is what I know:
The piece was finish sanded (filler used and all)
I want to paint it an ivory lacquer
I know I need sander sealer and 2-3 coats of paint
I have a good clean garage and 5 gallon compressor
If all goes well, I will probably do 1 or 2 other projects, but not full time

Questions:
Is a gravity fed HVLP the right sprayer?
If so, what tip should I be using? 1.5MM
what is the best/right primer and lacquer
what mixture do I want for the thinner? I live in Ga and it is hot and a bit humid here
Other suggestions??

Thanks in advance!


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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 08-08-2012 04:33 PM

1. There’s no need for any kind of “sealer.”
2. Paint it (with a brush) the desired color in a premium flat latex/acrylic interior paint.
3. Give it a week to cure.
4. Top coat with clear poly or lacquer. Either water or solvent based will work.

-- 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 08-08-2012 06:16 PM

Thanks Clint. I have heard that Lacquer paint is a durable finish and is great for furniture, particular Kids furniture. Will the brush leave brush marks? I though lacquer laid a very smooth finish.

Please correct my understanding there.

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Doss

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#3 posted 08-08-2012 06:27 PM

I may be wrong, but a lot of the HVLP’s I work with require way more than a 5 gal compressor. I’d possibly consider rattlecanning the finish with lacquer.

Like Clint said, you can just get brush on paint (or roll it on) and then coat it with poly for a durable finish. Make sure the paint is fully cured though. Give it plenty of time. I do differ from Clint as I am not a fan of latex in this sort of application. I’d look at enamel or lacquer. That’s just personal preference though. It ends up sticking to everything I put on it in MS’s humid climate… don’t know if that has anything to do with it though.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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Pops26

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#4 posted 08-08-2012 07:48 PM

Thanks for the input. I think I like the idea of enamel or lacquer. I assume it still needs a primer though. I want a really smooth finish, so should I lightly sand with 220 after priming? I have heard that the wood fibers will stand up and they need to be lightly sanded down.

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#5 posted 08-08-2012 07:55 PM

I’d sand the wood to a desired smoothness first. From there, I’d lay down a couple of coats of primer. That’s just me. Some people think wood has enough “tooth”. I find that wood likes to suck paint in. So, I use primer as it tends to build fast and reduce the amount of paint I use. I’m speaking about spray on paint of course. Brush or roll on paint builds a lot quicker.

Yes, the fibers may stand up. You’ll want to inspect and sand as needed.

For a really smooth finish, I’d be around 400 or maybe even 600. That could be complete overkill though. It’s just what I do as I’m not trying to crank out hundreds of anything.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#6 posted 08-14-2012 06:35 PM

Hey everyone. Thank you for your tips and advice. I painted this bed over the weekend (Fri – Sun). It turned out fantastic. i was very pleased with the results. I went with 2 coats of primer and 2 top coats. I used lacquer paint and it laid a very nice and smooth finish. My only regret was not having a larger compressor. HVLP does take a lot of air, but we worked it out.

Thank you all again! I definitely have the bug to do a lot more finishing of other things!!!

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