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#1 posted 01-13-2018 10:04 PM

Thanks for all the comments and feedback! I went this morning and bought a quart of the SW Emerald waterborne urethane. I took a sample piece of plywood, primed with with Zinsser BIN primer and sanded it down with 220 after it dried. Hit it with a tack cloth, and then sprayed the paint un-thinned through my 1.8mm HVLP gun. The paint was coming out without spitting (which I took to mean meant it didnt need to be thinned) but there just wasnt a lot of paint coming out. I started wondering if there was something wrong with the gun. The rate was consistent and didnt sem to change despite how much I backed out the feed screw for the needle. All the same, I painted the panel despite it taking quite awhile. The results from the first coat seem ok, but it’s definitely not perfectly smooth. Up close you can see small bumps. Im wondering if these will clear up with the second coat or if Im just not putting it on thick enough. The other issue might be that the paint seems to be drying quite quickly. So maybe its coming out of the gun too thin? This picture actually makes it look worse than I think it is but the lighting isnt great either…

I think I’ll let it sit until dry, hit it with some 320, and then try the second coat. I think I’ll also switch to me 2.5mm HVLP gun. Upon closer inspection of the 1.8mm gun during cleaning it looks like it wasnt cleaned out that well last time it was used (loaning tools is a problem I seem to have) so I wonder if the gun is just clogged up somewhere and likely garbage at this point (sigh). Oh well. Hoping that the second coat makes things smoother. Im also going to paint a second sample with the 2.5mm gun to see if the first coat with that looks better.

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