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Forum topic by Firefighter posted 06-11-2013 02:00 AM 764 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2013 02:00 AM

I am getting ready to finish crib number 3 and would like to try using my Hvlp setup. My biggest question is do you spray it put together or in pieces? If it is together you miss the areas where sides contact and it is hard to get the inside. If it is not together the individual parts won’t stand up. Please help with suggestions! I have sprayed a few things but did a hand rubbed finish on the last 2 cribs. This one is a cherry 3-in1 from wood magazine. I only want a finish, no stain. I would love suggestions on what to spray and how to spray it. Hurry, our baby is nearly 4 months old….whoops!

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#1 posted 06-11-2013 02:23 AM

I just finished one using my earlex 5500. I finished it with Shellac and it dried really fast so I could move the pieces around. I did take it apart and just let them stand there and then move them shortly after I finished them.

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#2 posted 06-11-2013 02:27 AM

I am not familiar with that design, but on the one I did, there were only the ends of the rails against the sides. Perhaps you could assemble one side and an end to make an ‘L’ shape and spray those, then do the same with the other two pieces. Regarding what to spray, I have read that any finish is safe once it has cured, but I am not a chemist. I am partial to Target Coatings products and would probably use EM6000 or EM9000, but there many many other products that you can use. My $0.02.

-- Art

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#3 posted 06-11-2013 06:46 AM

In the past, I’ve found that prefinishing makes a potentially difficult finishing job much easier. You can find plans for a simple drying rack online or in any number of woodworking magazines. As for the finish, I would be tempted to go with something which is easy to repair like shellac or lacquer, especially since you’re spraying. Certain waterborne finishes would likely work well, too. I’d likely stay away from something like polyurethane. It’s tough and durable but rather difficult to repair when, (not “if” in this case) it becomes damaged.

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 09:12 AM

You better use the nitrocellulose coating, because it it easy to be applied with quite good result. You can start to spray with the nitrocelulose sealer in pieces, then after they dry you can do sanding.
Then put them together and spray your top coat in 1 unit. Start to spray in the inside part, then go to the outside part.
You may need to add some retarder to slow down the drying time of your top coat to minimize the dust spray problem.


Good luck


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#5 posted 06-12-2013 12:46 PM

On a crib I would most likely spray the parts separately, two coats, and then assemble and spray a final coat. Using a 1.5mm needle set, or similar. Also, I like shellac for cribs, just for the repairability and safety of being gummed by your baby.
4 months late already huh? That may never change.

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

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