First time spraying frames for shutter. How to spray all sides, front, back?

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Forum topic by Holbs posted 11-22-2017 04:35 AM 566 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2017 04:35 AM

I’ll finally get around to using my happily cleaned up HVLP sprayer & gun this coming weekend. I have sprayed the window trim which was easy because did not have to worry about the looks of the underside of the pieces. But for these shutters, I do.
I know to spray the edges first before front & back. But if I do that, how to keep the edges from contacting anything? The things I’ve seen on YouTube, they seem to always spray everything while the frame is sitting on a table or the ground, but they either forget to spray the bottom of the shutter or neglect to show how to spray the bottom without messing up the rest of the sides if turned over while wet.
I was thinking of a mobile laundry basket with bar across the top like you see at public laundry mats and using thin fishing wire along the stile to rail joints to hold the frame in the air so that I can easily get all 3 dimensions to spray the entire thing in one shot.
About a month ago, did buy those “finishing triangles” which would work in some situations but do not think it would work in this situation.

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#1 posted 11-22-2017 06:06 AM

Watch some of these videos and choose your poison.

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#2 posted 11-22-2017 11:10 AM

take a small hook like a cup hook screw it into an edge or end and hang it up. happy squirting.

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#3 posted 11-27-2017 03:22 PM

I’m by far no expert but on a recent project involving cabinet doors, I opted to use painters triangles and do front and back in 2 sessions. I tried hanging by hooks but the doors ended up swinging every time I shot paint.

Even still, I think the best option for a “one shot” procedure is using hooks. I mounted a length of aluminum rod to hand the doors on. Worked pretty well with one exception: trying to hang the doors while just holding the hooks is not easy. I ended up having to touch the bottoms.

I only did this because in my situation I couldn’t leave the doors to dry in the shop too much dust.

If you want do to it in one step I think you really have to have a spray booth big enough to hang them and leave for drying.

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#4 posted 11-27-2017 03:38 PM

I’ve always put long screws in the 2 ends, set the screws on saw horses.
Then after painting one side, roll the shutter over (on the screws) and finish the other.

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