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Forum topic by athomas5009 posted 108 days ago 512 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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108 days ago

I’m spray painting a hand plane with SW alkyd / oil rust inhibiting spray. Since I suck at spraying I’ve decided on several light coats to prevent drips. So far I have 3 coats on. The first was very light. The second slightly heavier and I kept the 3rd coat the same as the second. I’ve been waiting 15 – 30 mins between coats. How many coats are suggested for a durable finish? I was thinking 5-7 but which seems like it could be overkill but this is my first handplane resto. The faster my fellow LJ’s can respond the better since I’m currently painting ;-)

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#1 posted 108 days ago

I haven’t sprayed any, I leave mine as is so far, but in order to get you a quick answer, my recollection of the process is to actually do a thick coat so it pools a bit and when it dries it looks more like the original japanning. I think the idea is to get it just short of where it will run and sag.

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#2 posted 108 days ago

Well I ended up sticking with the multiple light coat method, 6 to be exact. I have the worst trouble with sagging and drips when ever I try to spray any thicker. By the time I was done spraying the paint was thick enough to mask the casting bumps on the flat surfaces. It seemed to turn out well so far but I won’t really know until tomorrow.

I know a week is the suggested curing time so I’m assuming that applies to reassembly and use, or just use? Also how long should I wait to unmask the machined surfaces?

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#3 posted 107 days ago

Sorry, no idea. You might have better luck in the Handplane of your dreams or Show the restoration before and after thread.

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#4 posted 103 days ago

What part of your plane were you spraying? The bed? I simply use engine enamel primer and black engine enamel paint…only one coat of each. That was plenty, and had no trouble or dripping. Just make sure you tape off the parts that shouldn’t be painted. Give it a try!

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