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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 01-11-2014 07:43 PM 1039 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2014 07:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question maple spray gun finishing

When I get ready to apply the finish to my kitchen cabinets, they will be stained first, then some sort of clear coat sprayed. In the past, I have used Deft Clear Wood Finish for everything I have made…since the 80’s. Just no kitchen cabinets.

The only parts to get sprayed are the face frames, drawer fronts and doors. Everything else will be prefinished cabinet plywood…probably maple.

So what have you used and suggest?

Note: I have to do my spraying outside. That shouldn’t be a problem if the finish dries pretty quickly. It will be hot enough come spring time anyway. I just don’t want to have to leave the parts sit for 10-12 hours.

Your thoughts appreciated.
Thanks in advance

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 09:22 PM

There won’t be any exposed side panels to finish? Anyway, I see lacquer as a poor choice for kitchen cabinets, unless it’s a catalyzed lacquer….and I consider that too hazardous for hobbyists. A good waterborne should serve you well, and meet your criteria for fast drying. There are a lot of good ones, so choosing one might be best done with what stores are available to you. Ben Moore, SW, and ML Campbell all make good products, and consider General Finishes as well. Depending on what stain you use, you might want to apply a coat of shellac first, Zinssers Seal Coat sprays well, and dries quickly.

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 10:03 PM

Thanks Fred. There is a SW store near by but I will never set foot in that store again, even if they are giving their stuff away. I went once, and the salesman was the worst I have ever seen. He basically ignored us and we needed some guidance to buy some paint for the buffet I was building. I guess it was obvious I wasn’t a contractor. I have never seen someone whose job it is to sell their wares, just completely ignore the customer. Even after asking for help, he was worthless, and just turned away and went about his business and left us standing there. Maybe I will try another store.

There is also a Benjamin Moore store local that is run by local folks. I think I might get some better help there. The Woodcraft store is 30-32 mile drive, so we might go take a look at the General Finishes stuff. Wife wants a dark stain to go along with the Tuscany theme.

Whatever I wind up with, I need to be able to reproduce the results several times…at least twice. My plan is to build the face frames first, and then the carcases. With the face frames built, I can build the drawer fronts and doors too. Then stain them all at once. Probably all of the uppers at one time, then all of the lower parts in a second batch.

I am doing it this way because my work area is small, but I have room for a stack of face frames, doors and drawer fronts. I will build the cabinets using the same basic technique as I did with the buffet. That worked out really well for me.

I have used the Zinser seal coat. Probably still have a half gallon left over from a previous project.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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