Recommended water based spray varnish

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Forum topic by eflanders posted 07-05-2017 12:31 AM 1021 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2017 12:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: poly varnish spray gun finishing

What are your recommended sprayable, water based, poly varnishes? I live in the Northwoods so there are no woodworking stores nearby and I don’t want to order something online. Please base your suggestions on products available at either Home Depot or Menards. Normally I don’t stain and varnish, usually I just do an oil finish, but my client wants cherry stained maple with a satin poly finish. I plan to shoot the finish through my newly acquired Rockler HVLP setup. I plan to do some practice before shooting any real projects. Thank in advance!

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#1 posted 07-05-2017 01:26 AM

Others may poo poo it, but I like minwax polycrylic as long as it’s not a table. It sprays well and dries fast.

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#2 posted 07-05-2017 03:49 PM

The Minwax (Sherwin-Williams owns) Polycrylic waterborne is OK stuff. Cheap and cheerful. Sprays easily for me, no thinning using a 1.3mm N/N and a four stage turbine. Tough enough for light duty surfaces, definitely not KCMA level stuff for kitchen cabinets though. It has been standing up well to incidental water contact on a small plant-stand for over a year. Several bookcases and side tables too, some I see frequently and they still look good. Others I haven’t seen for a while. Also used the Polycrylic (based on price point) to help out a friend doing a house flip to clear-coat new trim. But I haven’t seen or heard how that has stood up. Looked good, but then that is all he wanted.

I’ve also found that the Varathene (Rustoleum/RPM owns) outdoor rated waterborne “ultimate spar urethane” is decent stuff for the price point. My outdoor test case has been a set of small folding tables (i.e. adult beverage tables) that live on my deck (full sun & weather exposure) and a few friends decks. Two years, no issues. Tables made of BORG pine. Needs lots of coats, 4 is recomended.

Both are essentially water-clear when dry.

Better quality stuff is available from General Finishes, SW pro dealers, etc. But these two are inexpensive and seem to do what they advertise.

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#3 posted 07-05-2017 04:27 PM

I used EMTECH 2000 from Target coating for my blood wood kitchen about 5 ears ago. I’ve been happy with it.

Initially I called Jeff weiss (owner or President) of Target coating to get his recommendations. The EM2000 was his pick. He (Jeff) instructed to cut the first coat 50-50 with water, using that as a sealer. Call minwax and see who you get to talk to.

If you have to have something that says Ploy on the can then I’d go with General finishes Enduro Clear Poly.

They both spray well. If I remember correctly the EM12000 a thinner product and I sprayed straight out of the can with a 1.3 tip in a gravity feed gun.

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#4 posted 07-05-2017 05:08 PM

Are you afraid that someone would steal your identity for ordering online ? You trip to HD will almost certainly cost you as much as the shipping cost unless you live in the store backyard.
This arguably the best or close to it water based finishes.

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