White Paint Recomendations for Gravity Fed Gun

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I have a need to spray paint on a coming project. I’m looking for good paint recomendations for a gravity fed spray gun. I happened to have some white MasterHide latex paint that I tried. Too thick from the can, wouldn’t even spray. Thinned it 50/50 with water and it still seemed too thick. The largest gun needle I have is a 1.4mm. Can anyone who is using a gravity fed gun with success spraying paint give their setup? I have searched and searched but cant seem to find good info. Should I avoid latex all together and use an automotive type paint? I see a lot of spray painted cabinets that look great on here!

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#1 posted 644 days ago

Painting is absolutely my worst area. Good luck.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 644 days ago

I would not use latex paint as you will have to thin it to the point that several and I mean several coats will be needed. In addition, gloss latex if thinned too much will not get a schene. My recommendation would be to use pigmented lacquor (water base) from one of the suppliers such as Target coatings or Hood finishing supplies. Target will mix custom collors and Hood sells black and white pigmented water base lacquor. You will find both on the internet.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#3 posted 644 days ago

You should check with Jeff Weiss of Target Coatings to see if your needle will work with this product. I think it will, but he knows all.

-- Art

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#4 posted 644 days ago

Try Sherwin-Williams white solvent lacquer.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#5 posted 644 days ago

Crystalac makes a white top coat in gloss or satin finishes. I’ve used the gloss and it comes out great.

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#6 posted 644 days ago

My medicine cabinet project I used 25 – 30% Flotrol. Flotrol is a special thinner for spraying latex through HVLP guns.
This was my first time spraying latex so there was a little bit of trial and error but I quickly found the best settings and the job went really well.

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#7 posted 643 days ago

One of the best things you can do for spraying latex of any kind is to stir it using a mixer on a drill. This will shear the molecules of the paint so that they spray better.

Floetrol is not a thinner. Floetrol is a latex additive that breaks the surface tension of the paint and allows it to flow out better. Water is the proper thinner for latex.

With HVLP systems that needle is fine. Thin your paint with 10% water, add 2 ozs of Floetrol, stir with a drill.

On the other hand. Latex is never the proper finish for any furniture or cabinetry. Solid color lacquer, from anyone, is a better finish coat.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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