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#1 posted 10-30-2018 05:37 PM

Yes, you may consider just going with a top coat. You re options are basically varnishes and polyurethane.

I recently build a dining table and used EmTech 8000 conversion varnish. Very happy with it.

If you don t have the capability to spray, I would avoid this material it really has to be sprayed.

Good to avoid stains maple is very subject to blotching.

- rwe2156

I ve heard good things about Target Coatings and looked at this type quickly online. Can I ask a few questions??I m new to spraying but have a Fuji turbine system on the way.

Is this finish tricky, or doable for someone new to spraying?

It looks like its low VOC. I ll have to spray in my basement and will wear a respirator. Are there any issues with fumes or smells that should be considered?


- FrankTuna

Frank, I did my first spray project this year using Target Coatings products (albeit, it was the EM9000 and EM6500). The odor to me was no issue: it’s hard to describe, but it wasn’t a strong chemical stench at all. As for ease of use, the 2 products I mentioned did an excellent job of self-leveling and were very forgiving-really ideal as it was my first time spraying.

If you have some scrap boards, or even just some cardboard lying around, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to practice on that. Otherwise, I didn’t find the learning curve too steep. I was using an Earlex 5500, so there was a little less configuration to fiddle with than you’ll have on your Fuji.

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