|Forum topic by DyerWolf||posted 05-06-2009 08:50 PM||2616 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
05-06-2009 08:50 PM
Hi – first post here!
I’ve recently build a set of shelves for a friend’s kid’s closet. She would like the shelves finished in a red (we’re using Porter paint’s Advantage 900 semi-gloss latex) paint which I intend to apply using a Graco Magnum X7 airless sprayer (I have the 515 tip).
I’ve never painted furniture using an airless sprayer (I bought it to paint my garage…). I’d like to make sure the finish is as close to professional or commercial grade as I can, and I’ve read that airless sprayers have an advantage over brush or rolled paint.
The shelves were built from a paint grade maple faced ply and soft maple on the stiles & facing pieces of the shelves (the main body of each shelf is 3/4 ply tounge & groove fitted to a soft maple facing piece). I sanded the shelves smooth to 180 grit.
Yesterday I primed the shelves using the Graco & a grey deep-base Kilz acrylic primer. This morning when I went out to check the primer, I noticed the finish is less than smooth (somewhat like the grain was raised by applying the primer – but more like the paint went on ‘stippled’ – best way to describe it is that it feels more like drywall than smooth painted wood). So I sanded the primer using a 220 grit dry paper. It smoothed off the stippled feel (& a couple of places where I failed to apply the paint as smooth as I should) – but left a less-than-uniform appearance. I’m afraid to proceed without advice.
I want the red finish to be the best I can make it – smooth to the touch & uniform in appearance.
What is the best way to proceed?