Bedroom Wall Unit #8: Spraying is becoming better

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Blog entry by depictureboy posted 10-27-2010 10:51 PM 1723 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Spray Day Part 8 of Bedroom Wall Unit series Part 9: Moving upstairs »

I want to thank everyone who commented on my spraying conundrums the last couple weeks…

I am now adding 2 dixie cups of denatured alcohol to 1 quart (sprayer cup) of dewaxed shellac…it is going much better. I also realized that the sprayer shipped with the largest needle installed. I downgraded to the smallest and that seems to be going much better now too….

You cant see it in the picture, but the finish is super clean…I put on about 6 coats last night and you can still feel the grain and it doesnt look super shiny like before, i like this much better…I will be adding a coat or two of lacquer(i think I still havent decided yet) after its all together…

These panels are a bit lighter than the rest, but I think it has to do with my prep work on them…I sanded to 110, watered it down, sanded 110 again…sanded 220 watered it then sanded again…then I put the blo on with one of those cabinet roller polyfoam brushes instead of pouring it on and slopping it around…

We’ll see how it goes..these are my nightstand panels. I still have to make one more I didnt cut enough wood for 4..bleh…

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 02:36 AM

I’m glad you have your spraying technique dialed in. An old rule of thumb when spraying is “thin it until it sprays nice”. Of course the thinning means more coats but less problems. Of course dealing with catylysts, hardners, epoxies, and urethanes is a different story. That’s for another time.
Write down your mixing ratios for future use. Also your tip size and gun in case you get another. Sometimes it’s hard to remember when you want to repeat the process on a future project… least that’s my problem….I think…I don’t remember.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 04:03 AM

Great job. I’ve blown 2 1/2 Gallons fo shellac in the last week on toys. Glad you are getting more proficient.

-- 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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