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04-26-2013 06:24 PM

I am new to this site, but I have read many good posts when I have googled things in the past, so I joined. I have purchased an Earlex 5500 to paint a large entertainment center that I have built for a customer. They want it a gray color. I am trying to figure out what paint to use. I have read about pigmented water based lacquer that I have no experience with. I have read about thinning latex and also using oil based paint. My question is, what is the best product for me to use considering that I am just getting into spray finishing and that my sprayer is the Earlex 5500. I have told the customer that oil based paint will be better, but I’m not so sure now. Any help would be appreciated.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.


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#1 posted 04-26-2013 06:31 PM

What material is the entertainment center made out of?

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#2 posted 04-26-2013 07:47 PM

Latex is never a proper furniture quality finish. Oil base would be much better and will also spray better. Thin it 10% then add 2 oz Penetrol, spray using the 1.5mm needle set from about 6” away from the project. Tinted lacquer or poly is best. For the best product and service go to Aquacoat.com. For easy to drive to go with General Finishes at Woodcraft or Rockler stores.

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

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#3 posted 04-26-2013 07:56 PM

It’s built with poplar and what lowes calls blondwood, which is cabinet grade plywood.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 04-26-2013 08:04 PM

I’d suggest using a good primer first like Zinsser Cover Stain, oil base, and maybe add
a gray tint as well, but practice on scrap first. Oil base primer, oil base paint.

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#5 posted 04-26-2013 10:26 PM

Some of the new Latex paint are as good as oil, go to your Sherwin Williams they will help

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#6 posted 04-27-2013 02:18 AM

Great guys, I will work on this. Thanks.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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