|Forum topic by Hartworks||posted 03-15-2015 06:14 AM||1191 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
03-15-2015 06:14 AM
So I am doing a large media center for a customer and had some material on hand, that being prefinished birch ply. My customer wanted the unit painted white and I have been wanting to try GF Milk Paint for a while now after reading good reviews on it.
So not wanting to screw up, I talked with a guy at my local woodworking store and asked if I could apply GF to prefinished ply. He said he had done it before with the exact same materials and simply wiped down the ply with acetone before applying.
So off I went, built the unit, and wiped everything down really good with a terry cloth towel soaked in acetone and painted the entire upper and lower portions of the unit.
Now let me say when I painted the units I also did the doors. The doors were raised panel solid wood (no ply no mdf) and the paint laid down beautifully. I have NO complaint about the paint itself. On the doors it went down good with no a problem.
Now for the ply, it DOES NOT ADHERE WELL. I did watch a GF video also saying the paint can be put on over finishes if they are completely dry. It did stick, by definition only, with a mere fingernail it could be scratched off. So I warn you, do not apply this on prefinish ply. I am obviously not an expert finisher / painter as this may or may not be common knowledge and shame on me for not testing a piece first (cardinal rule).
So I burned up a day removing the paint, sanding through the topcoat on the ply and have applied the paint again. And it looks great. So lesson learned and hopefully my lack of intelligence can benefit one of you all and save you the heartache.
As for the Fuji XPC powered by 4 stage turbine works very well at laying down the paint. Used a 1.8 needle / cap and worked out very well.
I can say that with the above combination the final product looks like I actually know what Im doing. (thank god they don’t know the real story)
-- Gary, California