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Blog entry by David Murray posted 01-25-2010 02:08 PM 1098 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am getting ready to start a new project that when completed calls for spray on shellac.I have no experience with spraying systems and not sure what to get or look for. I’ve got a large (60 gal) compressor should I be looking at a regular sprayer that you might see in a hardware store, or should I look at an HVLP system that a woodworker supplier would sell. If anyone uses either of these methods I would like some input.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 02:27 PM

If you click on the book you can watch part of the dvd for free. The one on sprayers is at the bottom

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 02:31 PM

Dave, I work with a set of gravity feed sprayers. The larger one 1 Quart for larger projects and the smaller one 1 Pint for small jobs and touch ups. I am put off by the cost of the HVLP’s. I guess it would depend on the amount of use and size of the job which one you went with.


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#3 posted 01-26-2010 01:14 AM

I bought the Rockler HVLP system, because they had it on sale (not sure if they still do or not). I’ve only had the chance to spray some latex primer (Kilz) through it, and had mediocre results. I do blame this on myself though, since I thinned the primer with water, and I don’t think I thinned it enough the first go round. This led to some buildup on the sprayer tip, which I’m sure did not have a great effect on the spray. I ended up with a mild orange-peel effect, which sanded down easily.

I plan on getting some flotrol (or whatever it is your supposed to thin latex primer with) before doing the second coat, and thinning it quite a bit more than I did with the water (I probably did 4:1 ratio, which is what is recommended for oil based paint. I may go up to 2:1).

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#4 posted 01-26-2010 02:15 AM

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#5 posted 02-01-2010 01:16 AM

Go to I bought an HVLP gun from them – they are very helpful in terms of getting you set up. I have used mine a few times an it is great.

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#6 posted 02-02-2010 01:05 AM

Thanks for all the input. I purchased a gravity fed HVLP set of 2 sprayers from Grizzly. I’ve got a good size compressor so I didn’t have to buy a HVLP system that had a air pump with it.
This is what I purchased.
Here’s my compressor, this should handle about anything.

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#7 posted 02-04-2010 07:55 AM

The most simple for an inexperienced sprayer is use spray cans of shellac

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