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Forum topic by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 04-19-2009 11:35 PM 1150 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Roger Clark aka Rex

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04-19-2009 11:35 PM

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Hello,
I am very new to any kind of woodworking. I am retired through health reasons and I am trying to take up woodworking as a form of therapy. I have made some very simple things which have gratified me even if they are not that good. I have just finished making some yard furniture; 2 chairs, a 2 seater and a small table. They are made out of treated pine and I have stained them a honey color. Now I want to apply a clear gloss finish to before I put them oudoors.
I have ordered a small inexpensive hplv sprayer; “Wagner Power Products 414010 Fine Spray Power Sprayer” but I don’t seem to get much information about what varnish product to use or any definiative instructions etc.
So I was wondering if any of you guys could give me a heads up so that I can complete this first project.

Thanks for your consideration.
RBC

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.


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MedicKen

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#1 posted 04-20-2009 12:01 AM

Roger,
There is a very good article in FWW this month that answers this very question. They do a good job comparing various finishes with regard to different climates. It was very informative, weel worht picking up a copy.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#2 posted 04-20-2009 04:51 AM

MedicKen,
Thanks for the info. I live way out in the country and will have to wait until my next trip to the nearest town where I know a B.Dalton’s is located. I hope to receive the sprayer on Tuesday and hope it comes with some relative literature.
Again thanks for your help.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Kindlingmaker

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#3 posted 04-20-2009 04:22 PM

A spar varnish such as “Manowar Spar varnish” is good if varnish is what you are after. Whatever product you use make sure it has uv inhibitors in it so fading/yellowing is retarded. Several thin coats are of course better than heavy coats and a light sanding between them will give great results. Also, your end grain will soak in more so sand it with a fine sandpaper to close the pores before applying your first coat.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#4 posted 04-20-2009 04:43 PM

Thanks Kindlingmaker,
You may have the answer because I have read the applications directions on spar varnish cans and none of them mention or give any info for spraying. Would I be right in assuming that any varnishes can be sprayed if they are maybe thinned down?
I have used Man O War semi transparent stain brushed on my fence and I must say I am very satisfied with that product. The product you suggest will indeed suit my needs to apply a gloss protective finish to my yard furniture. Thank you for your suggestion
RBC

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Kindlingmaker

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#5 posted 04-20-2009 08:39 PM

I am horrible when it comes to spraying but have found that almost any varnish can be wiped on with a shop towel then wiped off with clean ones while still wet. When I first read about this method I knew it would not work but it did and that is just about the only way I apply varnishes now. There are no runs, puddles or weak spots and there is no over spray for a gun. Just don’t do a wipe on coat in sunlight, it dries too fast. : )

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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SCOTSMAN

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#6 posted 04-20-2009 10:14 PM

I have heard nothing but good things about these spray set ups have fun now you need to make a lot of furniture for this to pay off so keep at it and keep your heart in woodworking it’s a great hobby kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#7 posted 04-21-2009 02:57 PM

Thanks Guys,
Kindlemaker: I have actually tried the wipe method using a gel product from General Finishes which worked out ok on another project. The project I’m working on now is some outdoor furniture with lots of slats which are hard to get between.
Scotsman: Being half Scottish (a Bruce) I’m pretty thrifty if not by my own desire so when it came to considering a sprayer I found what I thought was the best deal – a Wagner units costing $80.00. I read the user comments on this unit carefully and noted that someone was using one for outdoor furniture with slats and loved it. I expect the unit to arive today, so by the weekend I will know.

Thanks to both of you for your information – it is appreciated.
Roger Bruce Clark

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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