Help....Christmas Project gone bad

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Blog entry by TheWoodArtisan posted 12-08-2010 07:34 PM 1676 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am posting this hoping that someone will give me a tip to save a Christmas present I have been working on.

I went to put a final coat of Glossy Black Spray Paint on a laptop lap table that I am making for my brother in college. I sanded the last coat and then sprayed the final coat, this morning I went to check on it and the dried looking like and Orange Peel.

Any suggestions on how to safe this? Should I just say I did it on purpose and give it to him :)

Any suggestions and tips would be great. Thanks for reading.

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#1 posted 12-08-2010 07:40 PM

Here is a link to some info that may help.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 12-08-2010 07:45 PM

The only way I know to fix that problem is to wet sand off the dimples and buff out with a polishing compound. I use a very high grit automotive wet/dry sand paper….I sand it wet until the whole thing is dull and flat…..then it is time to get out the polishing compound and give it a good buffing….this has worked for me….Or, you can dry sand the last coat off and reapply….but that is alot of work depending on the size and tight spots on your project.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 12-09-2010 12:50 AM

i second Reggie’s solution. I almost always use auto rubbing compound to finish up a gloss finish. It will smooth things out and get rid of that ‘plastic’ appearance too and also feel really smooth to the touch.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 12-09-2010 01:09 AM

Usually orange peel means that the finish is drying too fast. Add some solvent or retarder to the finish b4 applying. Your finish supplier should be able to help you.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#5 posted 12-09-2010 04:20 PM

ditto to reggie’s suggestion.

-- Ted

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#6 posted 12-17-2010 04:50 PM

Thanks for all the advice, I ended up having to redo the project. Read an article that MDF has problems when painted with latex or water based paint, I used a latex primer and latex spray paint which caused the problem. I resolved by using an oil based primer and then used the spray paint, turned out okay, not exactly how I wanted it to look but it will do. I will post pictures of it when I get all put together. Again thanks for all the advice, that is why I love this site. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.

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