Airless handheld or HVLP (compressor not turbine)

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09-05-2013 08:05 PM

I have never sprayed stains, dyes, or top coats. I have airbrushed a little and used an airless to spray latex.

I have a tv stand that I made with maple, but would like to have a dark espresso finish. Yeah I know not the ideal choice, but it was what was easily available at the time to get.

I have a General Finishes dye stain and clear to go over it. I tried wiping on a test piece and didn’t get the darkness I was looking for or the evenness either. I sealed with dewaxed shellac first as I have heard that maple can get splotchy.

As for equipment I have a Graco TrueCoat Plus II airless sprayer and I also have a Harbor Freight HVLP gun and my air compressor to choose from. I haven’t used either yet. The airless seem simpler to use and adjustments are simple, but its a bit large and clunky. And I can’t believe that straying a dye would be to similar to spraying latex paint. The HVLP seems a little more complicated and there are more adjustments. But I think it’s the better option for spraying thin materials.

I can play with both and I am sure I would learn something from it, maybe both work equally well. Just looking for little guidance at which path to go down first and what to look out for and any setting or techniques might help.

and yes i’m testing on scrap before the actual piece I would like to finish.



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