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#1 posted 01-15-2018 03:12 AM

Well after much messing around – and more struggles getting the paint to spray – I finally got it spraying the way I want. I tried 3 or 4 different tests last night. Mostly centering around using Floetrol to thin the paint and help wth leveling. All of them turned out awful. Today – I did some more reading and decided to thin the paint with 10% straight water. I couldnt be happier with the results. The paint sprayed awesome out of my HVLP with the 1.8mm tip. Great flow and it laid down perfectly. Two coats on a test board and it looks like this…

The picture doesnt do the finish justice. No splatter that I can see at all and a perfectly smooth finish to the touch. I sanded with 320 in between coats but it didnt even need it. It just worked. All of my sample pieces that had any Floetrol at all of them still feel tacky today.

I am much appreciative of all of the input and immensely relieved that I got the paint to work the way I wanted it too. Now I can move onto my favorite part – actually building the cabinets!

Thanks much to all who commented!

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