The finish was sprayed yesterday. It was a combination of a dye stain, wiping stain, and a protective coat. The dye stain was srayed on only. Since it was thinned with about 50 parts to one thinner, it dried in about 10 seconds. That gave me the very dark tone I was after. Some production lines use this process only for their color, but I feel it doesn’t give the piece enough depth. I still use a wiping stain, in this case Dark Walnut, to “pop” the grain.
The finish that I used is a pre-catalized lacquer. I usually spray 2 coat with sanding in between. With the weather conditions like they were yesterday, I sparyed an extra coat on the non-flat parts. It seemed that I was getting a lot of overspray on some of the pieces. This extra coat was thinned down a lot and I even used a retarder thinner to slow the drying down a little more.
Now all I am waiting for is the smoked glass for the doors, plexi-glass mirrors for the top, and glass shelves and I’ll start the final assembly.
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