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Forum topic by jimmyhopps posted 06-25-2014 07:46 PM 502 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2014 07:46 PM

i’ve finally done building my table top and now onto finishing. I am going to finish it prior to building the legs (since it will sit on my old table for a while), so its really just the table top. I have my general sequence of sand/dye/topcoat figured out. My main question now however is more mundane – order of dye and top coat for the top vs bottom vs sides? given that the top is not on its legs i will need to either construct something temporary similar to its legs, or use saw horses or flip it over several times. Recommendations here? this is my first spray experience, and i’ve never seen a video of someone on their back spraying under a table so i don’t know what people generally do. also, if anyone can recommend a good post or youtube video that would be great. I feel comfortable with the equipment setup (earlux), but i am ill prepared on the sequence as noted above. i also am seeking advice on if i need to tape off the top while finishing the bottom and vise versa or spray it all at once.

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#1 posted 06-26-2014 12:32 AM

I spray the bottom /underside first, then flip it over (may require an assistant), then spray the apron/edges and finally spray the top using a cross hatch pattern. The bottom does not need to be finished to the same degree as the top IMO, but others finish all surfaces the same. It is best if you can keep the large surfaces horizontal when spraying them. Saw horses will be fine, but I would put painters pyramids on them to minimize the contact surfaces. HTH

-- Art

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 12:33 PM

Thanks Art. Does that mean you dye/stain and also top coat the bottom first, then flip it over and dye/Stain and topcoat the rest?
This will be my first time spraying. Should I tape off the sides/top when spraying the bottom to limit overshoot or not worry about that?

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 12:40 PM

I wouldnt stain the bottom it can’t be seen. At least one coat of finish on the bottom it will slow down or equalize moisture transfer with the top and maybe prevent some warpage. As Aand C says some people finish the bottom the same as the top. That’s your choice.

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#4 posted 06-26-2014 12:42 PM

Practice on scraps first and follow the wet line.

You’ll get the hang of it and do well.

Good luck now.

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#5 posted 06-27-2014 12:57 AM

Sorry that I wasn’t clear. I spray the bottom, then flip the item and spray the sides, then spray the top since I have the particular item in the sprayer. A typical finish for me would include 3 different products with a dye mixed into at least one of them so I find it easier to complete spraying with one product before moving to the next one. There is no need to tape off if you use the process I outlined. I suggest you get Jeff Jewitt’s book Spray Finishing Made Simple Finishing Made Simple; it contains a wealth of info.

-- Art

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