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Forum topic by Hawkes posted 08-05-2016 10:57 PM 635 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2016 10:57 PM

Hello everyone. I’ve finished building my daughter’s new desk. It’s Birch Plywood top edged with pine. The base, drawer, and hutch are all pine. My daughter wants it solid white with a gloss finish to match her bedroom furniture. I do not have a lot of space to create a temporary finishing area so it will be done in either the garage or backyard depending on weather and wind. Since this is my first project, I want to try to make this easy and not get in over my head so in a way I’m glad she’s chosen a solid white. I was thinking of getting a sprayer as I’m not much of a fan of brushes… I haven’t been very good with them in the past having left brush marks behind. I don’t mind putting a desktop protector on top to help avoid the indentations from pen and pencil from doing homework. I think I remember reading some time ago that different surfaces “feel” different meaning something that has a slightly tacky to the touch surface versus a smooth, glossy type finish that can be wiped clean easily and is not going to be a problem if she leaves a glass of water on it and it sweats.

With all of that said, I saw the Wagner Flexio HVLP sprayers and I saw a recommendation for a an Earlex HV5500. Obviously, from a money perspective I’d like to spend less on the Flexio if it will give me at least a couple years to understand the ins and outs of using a sprayer before moving up to a better brand.

Oh and before I forget… preparation. All holes, knicks, dents, marks, etc. have been filled with a wood filler. I then sanded down the entire desk and hutch with a random orbital sander using 120 grit. Any additional suggestions as to prepping would also be appreciated.



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#1 posted 08-06-2016 04:52 PM


The only experience I have with spraying is with a can of spray paint to color the heads of screws. What I have discovered is that there is no such thing as a day without wind. Even when placing the screws to be colored in a 5 sided enclosure on a windless day, I somehow get some fine droplets of paint on my arms. Based on my very limited experience, spaying the desk in the garage will probably give you more control than trying spray in the backyard.

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