Adventures in Spraying #3: Piece 1 finished - recap

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 07-03-2010 08:53 PM 1980 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: First Spray Job Done (sort of) Part 3 of Adventures in Spraying series Part 4: Piece #2 - SUCCESS! »

OK, I’m actually already nearing completion of the 2nd piece which looks much better, but for this post, I’ll focus on my first-first experience with spraying, and the overall look, and results.

So. After giving the top coat (4th) extra time to dry (~4-6 hours while we were out). I came back and sanded it thoroughly with 600grit sandpaper. the results were mixed:

Newly finished piece in front, Original finish to compare in back

1. I had some runs which show in the finished piece. this is technique related, and will take practice, so not REALLT a con, but for this piece – it shows. no biggy as I was expecting boo-boos. just something to focus on.

2. The finish has a high gloss to it even though I chose (GF polaycrylic) satin finish. you can see in the pictures that the original piece with the original finish (in the back) has a nicer (to my eye) spread tone and not the harsh sheen the newely finished piece (front) has. This may not be related to spraying, but just another thing I am seeing – I may need to try a diff finish/brand

3. the finish has low and high spots. the low spots didn’t sand out like the high spots, leaving the finish with a textured look and not as even and flat as the original piece/finish. I believe this has to do with my coats not being consistent, and having my runs which made things even harder to get over. this is definitely something I can get better at though.

1. finished 4 coats in half a day

2. I stayed as clean as a whistle – really! no use of gloves, no messing with the finish on my hands/arms/clothes

3. very little labor involved -spraying time was short, and only involved minimal sanding which also didn’t take a lot of time or effort

All in all not too bad for 1st time around. there are things to improve, and things to work through and practice, but the overall results and potential are positive. For now I get much better looking results brushing, but I’m going to give spraying a few more chances in hope to get the best out of both worlds – quick,simple,clean and effortless finishing with good looking results.

Now to go check on the final coat on the 2nd piece (yeah, while I was writing this blog, I was able to put 4 coats on the 2nd piece already ;) )


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 07-03-2010 09:01 PM

Thanks for the update. And your learning new skills.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 07-03-2010 09:07 PM

Thanks for keeping track Karson :) I still have to check those blogs/articles in wood magazine you referred to. I’ve been reading through all that I could find related on – gotta love the online search and PDF functions. At this point, I think I ‘understand’ the process, but just have to train my muscles and eyes to “know” it. like anything else – takes time and practice.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 07-03-2010 09:21 PM

So… spraying is fun… what is the cleanup like?
How long does it take to clean up after you spray… what’s the ratio of spray time to clean up time.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 07-03-2010 09:43 PM

I wouldn’t say spraying is ‘fun’ but it does leave more time for other fun activities :)

As for clean up, It’s not too bad. I may be doing it all wrong, but here’s what I do:

a. between coats I don’t clean anything, and leave the finish in the sprayer.
b. overnight/longer waiting time- I put the finish back in a can, fill the spray can with water, and spray it out, till it comes out water clean. ~ 2 minutes total time.
c. for storage I’ll repeat b. then take the gun apart, soak it all in warm (lightly soapy) water, brush, rinse, and dry. ~15-30 minutes total time depending on how thorough I am.

with the time saved on applying the finish this really does cut down in time, even though cleaning takes longer than soaking the brush in warm water, and rinsing it out.

like any other power tool – they do require more maintenance and attention to details as there are more details to pay attention to.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 07-03-2010 11:15 PM

yeah i have to say spraying is proberly the best method of finishing i love it and have a few spray jobs coming up on a few pieces i have to make.

-- A. Molloy

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#6 posted 07-04-2010 06:31 AM

Hi Sharon,

Good that you are learning and sharing the ins and outs of spraying. Maybe someday….... BTW, you had described your two part spraying turntable earlier in the blog, and I thought I would share the setup I found.
I was looking for a lazy susan base, nothing at Lowe’s but found one at Home Depot for $4.95. It is from Shepherd Hardware, number 9548, a 6 inch lazy susan mechanism. I mounted it in the center of a 18” square piece of MDF, and began finishing my tables. It rotates very smoothly, with little effort. This has really worked well for me, and I now have a rotating finishing station. Hope this is of help.

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#7 posted 07-04-2010 06:36 AM

hmm. Thanks gerry. I kinda conjured my “turn table” based on what I had at hand – for what it’s worth , it works very well, but a lazy susan will definitely be smoother, and more stable. I’ll check that part number out when I get to HD. the price also sounds very reasonable – thanks!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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