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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 05-07-2015 06:55 PM 695 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BinghamtonEd

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05-07-2015 06:55 PM

I’m wondering if one can spray (w/ Earlex 5500) a water-soluble aniline dye onto maple, and then topcoat directly with a few coats of sprayed Target EM6000?

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 05-07-2015 07:57 PM

You can if you spray. If you tried to brush it on, the water in the EM6000 would redissolve the dye and smear it around. In that case you would have to seal the dye with shellac, then apply the EM. But if you spray it should work just fine.

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 05-07-2015 09:23 PM

Forgot to mention: grain raising will be a problem. I usually put the first top coat on with the grain raised, let it dry, then sand smooth (normally doesn’t really take much). The the whiskers are locked in, the wood is sealed, and your good for the final coats. Of course, you want to practice all this on a scrap piece first.

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AandCstyle

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#3 posted 05-08-2015 12:51 AM

Ed, I have done this on many of my projects. As Fred mentioned, test your complete proposed finishing schedule on scrap because the colors will change. If this is for your cabinet project, you might want to add 2% CL100 cross linker to make the finish more durable. Also, on maple I would first apply a dilute coat (50%) of EM1000 to help reduce blotching so the final schedule would look something like:
1. Sand to desired grit, maybe 180.
2. Spray diluted EM1000.
3. Lightly hand sand with 320 or 400G.
4. Spray dye and repeat as needed to reach the desired color.
5. Spray 3-4 coats EM6000 with cross linker. Lightly sand with 400 or 600G if needed between coats.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. HTH

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skipj

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#4 posted 05-08-2015 01:27 PM

I use both hard&soft maple for the kitchens I build. Also use em6000 but with HVLP. Above,Arts post is right on.
Using the em1000, diluted (50%) is a must.

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