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Posted on Best way to finish painted cabinets

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#1 posted 01-13-2018 03:38 PM

I wish I could have seen this thread two weeks ago. I just finished painting some cabinets with the SW Pro Classic water based acrylic alkyd. SW assured me that I could spray it through my hvlp. The kid who was helping me (obviously young with limited experience) told me I could only thin it 10% and only with water. I mixed up a pint, and it took nearly an hour to shoot that one pint. It was just too thick. So I ended up brushing it on. The results aren’t bad. This stuff flows out very well, but it’s not the finish I was hoping for. I wen’t into SW with the intention of buying the oil based version, and they gave me the look that said “are you stupid?”, and proceeded to convince me that the water based would be much better.

From what I’m reading here, I could have thinned considerably more. I’ve never heard of using windshield washer fluid in paint before. I’ll have to look into that.

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