Can I Spray Tinted Sealer?

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Forum topic by NorCalQ posted 10-23-2013 10:06 PM 894 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2013 10:06 PM

I have TransTint in my dewaxed Seal Coat, sanding sealer and would like to know if it’s advisable to spray it, rather than wipe it on. I’m working on refinishing my bathroom cabinets, that are lacquer coated red oak, that has yellowed. I’ve been wiping on the tinted Seal Coat and I’ve been able to rub it in, for a nice even color. I’m a little worried that if I spray on the Seal Coat, some of the more damaged areas, won’t take on the stain as well as it did when it was rubbed in. Am I wrong here? Spraying it on would be easier, but will it work as well?

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#1 posted 10-23-2013 10:15 PM

I always find spraying a tinted finish yields a more even coat compared to wipe-on. However if you are happy with the results, why change now?

Here is my experience with tinting. In this case it was lacquer, but shellac is a similar process.

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#2 posted 10-24-2013 12:03 AM

It’s probably easier to get an even colour by spraying, so yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to spray the tinted seal coat. Having said that, If you’re happy with the results that you get from wiping, you can continue to do that. My only concern lies in the fact that you’re talking about bathroom cabinets. Shellac isn’t the most water resistant finish out there. You might be better off tinting some of the original finish with your dye and spraying that onto the surface.

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#3 posted 10-24-2013 12:36 AM

Thanks for the replies. I am getting a pretty even color, however it’s not easy with the Seal Coat, as I have to work fast and have to go over some parts the get the color to “absorb”. I’ll give spraying a try on some practice pieces. I am spraying on about 5 coats of General Finishes, High Performance Water Based Poly. I’m hoping that will last longer than the original lacquer finish. I’m using dewaxed shellac so that I could use the waterbourne poly without any issues.

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