|Forum topic by Adrock1||posted 03-11-2015 09:56 PM||837 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
03-11-2015 09:56 PM
So now that I am in a new home I am working on upgrading my garage shop. I’ve upgraded table saws, I’ll be adding a jointer and dust collection will also be adding a large compressor so I can spray finishes and use some higher cfm air tools.
This is what brings me to my question. My plan, once I have a large capacity compressor is to get into sprayed finishes or at least sprayed top coats. I have a tremendous amount of experiencing with spraying lacquer based finishes by way of my former career. I used to run the finishing room for a major high end manufacturer and we did all lacquer based finishes. At home though, all I have experience with really is wiped or brushed varnishes. Waterlox mostly. Once I start down the road of sprayed finishes I want to go with mostly water based products. I don’t want to deal with volatile solvents.
And here in lies the problem. I know next to nothing about these water based finishes and what materials are compatible with them. I need some help designing a basic system I can use with my equipment that will allow me to achieve a number of colors and styles.
Were I used to work, we had a wide variety of colors and styles but all the finishes we did followed a pretty standard recipe. It went like this:
-sap stain (an ngr alcohol based stain sprayed sparingly to even out the base color)
With this system we would gradually build the layers of color to develop the finish. Varying the colors of the different fillers and glazes and stains we could create about any color we wanted. What I would like to do is take a similar approach with materials more friendly for home spraying. In this way I would have a family of products that work well together and need only vary the individual colors to achieve the desired finish.
I’m leaning towards the General Finishes family of products. Their High Performance sounds like a good and easily sprayed top coat. Their enduro sanding sealer sounds like a good base over which to apply the top coat. What I need help with is what goes under this basic topcoat.
I would really like to start with a dye stain for a base color, then apply some sort of wipe on oil bases seal coat because I really like the grain enhancing effect of oil. On top of that I would like an oil based stain that I can highlight and build the color then seal it, and top coat it. So my idea right now is a system something like this:
Could I use GF water based dye for the base stain, seal-a-cell for the seal coat, then GF water or oil based stain, then GF Enduro sanding sealer, then GF glaze effects, then top coat with high performance?
Would anyone recommend a different basic system or family of products that would allow me to produce a variety of colors?
My mainrequirements is a system that is easily and safely applied at hom, that will offer the grain enhancing look of a wiped oild finish, but utilize a sprayed water based top coat?