First coat with HVLP gun. How's it look?

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Forum topic by dakremer posted 02-11-2015 10:26 PM 1355 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2015 10:26 PM

So (like I posted in a previous forum topic), I’m painting some doors white. Here is a pic of the doors before they were sanded. I got these doors in the bargain area at Menards. They were already stained but, had no top coat on them.

I sanded it down, cleaned it up really well, and put the first coat of paint on. (I didnt use primer – I know, I know, I know…....)

I have a Woodriver Pro HVLP sprayer. It seemed to work pretty well, however I have nothing to really compare it to, because this is the first time using a HVLP. Here is a pic of the first coat (still wet). Having never done this before – I’m wondering what you think of the coverage on the first coat? I plan on doing 3-4 coats – hopefully get a nice even white surface.

From watching a lot of videos online, I wasn’t terribly impressed with how the gun sprayed. I tried to get a 7-8” fan shooting 7-8” away – almost seemed like I couldn’t get an even flow to do that. Maybe I didn’t thin it enough (about 10% with water) Not sure. Anyways, just wondering what you guys think…

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 02-11-2015 10:34 PM

It will be interesting to watch and learn from your post. I’m not qualified to comment but would like to know more.

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#2 posted 02-11-2015 10:52 PM

My suggestion is to do some YouTube searches on car painting.

I know, different hobby but if you want to learn how to adjust a gun and what a good spray pattern looks like and how it is achieved, YT has some great videos.

They should give you a good idea of what you are looking for in a spray pattern and how far away to shoot from. If your gun can not accomplish these basics, might consider returning it.

I would not fret about the incomplete coverage. You will get it on the next coat. Better to shoot more coats than put one coat on too thick.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 02-11-2015 11:05 PM

Thanks Timber. I’ve watched about every video on YouTube about it. I know what kind of spray patterns, etc to be shooting for. My entry level spray gun just won’t get amazing coverage like some of those.

Mostly just wondering if that first coat looks about right? Thanks!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 02-11-2015 11:27 PM

I think it looks okay for a first coat. I normally spray one coat of primer and two coats of paint. The first coat will sometimes show some color through, but that’s usually all covered up after the second coat. No way to tell from here for sure, but I think you may need to add more water to get the flow you are looking for unless you have a large needle in the gun.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#5 posted 02-12-2015 01:57 AM

I used ‘Flowtrol” a special paint thinner for spraying PVA. I had great results, just follow the instructions on the bottle.

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#6 posted 02-12-2015 02:38 AM

I own the same gun and spray top coats with it but never paint. I saw your video and agree with “exelectrician” that flowtrol may be the answer. Your first coat looks ok.

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#7 posted 02-12-2015 02:56 AM

Basically the same gun as the $12 HF purple that I have, and I can get excellent results with it. At least as good as the more expensive guns I’ve used in the past. I use it mostly to spray oil based enamels, but have also used it for Latex quite a bit. You just need to get a feel for what the paint viscosity needs to be and what pressure to use for the application. Never used Flotrol, nor have I ever felt the need to use it. Just thin with whatever is recommended for the paint and shoot (and I tend to thin just a bit more than the recommendation). I also find it works best if left wide open and just adjust the pressure at the compressor to get the best spray transfer. Others will use different techniques with similar results.. that is just what I’ve found works best for me.

As for your doors – on bare wood, there will be areas that soak up more paint than others, particularly with water based paints, so it will almost always look blotchy after the first coat.. not a problem and it will all even out with additional coats.


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#8 posted 02-12-2015 03:40 AM

Looks good.

Sand, tack rag, primer

Sand, tack rag, primer

Paint and then sand and tack rag to suite.

Follow the wet line and you’ll be in the ball park.

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#9 posted 02-12-2015 02:50 PM

Well I m an old FART, I like the doors before you painted them ! lol
NEW AGE , I understand.
Is your compressor large enough to keep an even pressure all the time ?
I added a good pressure guage in-line and a water filter as well.
Also use filters to pour paint into gun.
Get the right consistancy of paint as well. (I use a drip method, take clean stick, dip it into paint, then time how long it takes for one drop to drip off.)

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#10 posted 02-12-2015 03:09 PM

I would have gone with an airless if you were putting on thick latex. One primer coat and one finish coat, maybe two. And I would have spent 5 minutes applying the paint and a half hour cleaning the airless.

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#11 posted 02-14-2015 10:02 PM

Canadianchips – I like the doors before painting them as well. However, all our trim and doors are white. These doors were a bargain area find for like $20-30 each (solid doors). A LOT cheaper than buying brand-new solid white doors…

Bill – I already had this sprayer, so wasn’t gonna buy a new airless just for this project. However, I would love to have an airless..someday

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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