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Forum topic by NorCalQ posted 318 days ago 499 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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NorCalQ

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318 days ago

I’m test spraying some waterborne poly. When it goes on, should is end up looking a little orange peely or should it look smooth? To get it to look smooth, I have to lay it on rather thick. More air? More material?


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#1 posted 318 days ago

Sounds like you may need to either thin the poly or your flow is too high. What kind of HVLP system are you using?

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NorCalQ

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#2 posted 318 days ago

It’s a Capspray CS9100, 4 stage HVLP. I’m using General Finishes Hi Performance water based poly. Doesn’t seem very thick to me, but what do I know.

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NorCalQ

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#3 posted 318 days ago

Actually, it levels out nicely, thanks to the foregiving nature of poly I suppose. Does the poly really need to be thinned? Should it go on like glass and stay that way?

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#4 posted 318 days ago

Lower your pressure and thin down your poly a little ,spray thin overlapping layers .

-- Ken from Ontario

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rrww

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#5 posted 318 days ago

A lot of waterbase doesn’t “flow – out” quite as fast as solvent based products, if its flowing out and drying nice, you don’t have to worry.

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#6 posted 318 days ago

That’s typical of waterborne poly; it’ll look a bit orange peelish, but if sprayed properly, will flow out beautifully.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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NorCalQ

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#7 posted 318 days ago

Thanks for the info. It’s my first time spraying, so I was flying blind. The only other sprayer I’ve ever used was an air brush and that was always color, not clear. Spraying clear was tough, not seeing what I was spraying and all. Now that I know I’m on the right track, I’ve got two bathrooms worth of cabinets to refinish, so wish me luck. Thanks for all the help!

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NorCalQ

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#8 posted 318 days ago

By the way…how do you spray on vertical surfaces? If you’re laying down a a coat on the thick side, how do you keep sags from forming?

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Jokker78

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#9 posted 318 days ago

Lots of light coats. I just sprayed a book case. I laid about six light coats

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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Shawn Masterson

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#10 posted 317 days ago

don’t thin. back off the material flow, and practice.

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#11 posted 317 days ago

Shawn has it right, dont thin, back off on the fluid. You want a slightly white/bluish look when you are done spraying , this will tell you ,you are wet enough for a good level and flow out. If it looks a little “striped” dont worry, as long as you can look across the panel and the sheen is even your fine. Texture behind the gun is normal, the finer the texture the smoother it will lay out, the bluish tint is still an excellent indicator your wet enough.

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