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Forum topic by bh442 posted 12-18-2012 02:56 AM 3111 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2012 02:56 AM

Hey guys, I’ve tried looking around a bit, but with no luck.

Right now I’m spraying (hvlp) a water based, gloss, polycrylic (Minwax) over pictures which were printed on photo paper off a inkjet printer.

What I’d like is get a good, high build, to help give the affect of ceramic tiles (instead of paper on wood) but after 6 coats, the polycrylic is still just too thin.

I’d like to stay water-based for the purpose of simple cleanup. If I have to switch to oil, so be it, but water would make me happy.

Any advice from the pros?

*That white, streak / blotch on the project is just the effects on the printed photo, not from the clear coat.

-- Bill - Wattsburg, PA.

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#1 posted 12-18-2012 03:31 AM

Looks super.

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#2 posted 12-18-2012 08:05 AM

Target Coatings’ EM7000HBL, maybe… water-based, clear, designed for a high build

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#3 posted 12-18-2012 02:45 PM

I use target coatings EM6000 production lacque and get a pretty good build. I would give target tech. support a call and ask jeff if it will work,he is very much in the know. You can get free shipping and up to 30%
off with this Dec. promo code DCX12

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#4 posted 12-18-2012 02:48 PM

What about bar top? It would have the depth of ceramic tile.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#5 posted 12-18-2012 04:00 PM

Thanks for the Target Coatings reference. For some reason I believe I had looked through their products at one time, yet must have missed the high build coating.

I ordered the em7000.

I’m assuming you guys are spraying it on… what size nozzle are you using with your gun?

Thanks for mentioning bar top. That type of finish was actually what crossed my mind first. After reading up on applying it and watching a few videos, I was split on trying it or not. I knew it’d give the finish I was looking for, but it appeared to be a bit more work, and a mess to work with. That and I was also worried with it being self-leveling, if it’d fill in the “grout” lines. So I figured I’d keep it in consideration if I couldn’t find anything more easier and cleaner to work with.

-- Bill - Wattsburg, PA.

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#6 posted 12-18-2012 09:46 PM

Bona Mega floor finish.

-- 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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#7 posted 12-19-2012 01:24 AM

It does self level and would fill in “grout lines” if you poured it all in one go… I use it all the time and it is not much work, though it does take a little knack to get it exactly the way you want it, since it can be pretty darn thin or I sometimes use it cast up to 3” thick.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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