White Paint Recomendations for Gravity Fed Gun

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Forum topic by JSB posted 10-03-2012 10:14 PM 1355 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-03-2012 10:14 PM

I have a need to spray paint on a coming project. I’m looking for good paint recomendations for a gravity fed spray gun. I happened to have some white MasterHide latex paint that I tried. Too thick from the can, wouldn’t even spray. Thinned it 50/50 with water and it still seemed too thick. The largest gun needle I have is a 1.4mm. Can anyone who is using a gravity fed gun with success spraying paint give their setup? I have searched and searched but cant seem to find good info. Should I avoid latex all together and use an automotive type paint? I see a lot of spray painted cabinets that look great on here!

-- Jay -

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 10-03-2012 10:16 PM

Painting is absolutely my worst area. Good luck.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-03-2012 10:31 PM

I would not use latex paint as you will have to thin it to the point that several and I mean several coats will be needed. In addition, gloss latex if thinned too much will not get a schene. My recommendation would be to use pigmented lacquor (water base) from one of the suppliers such as Target coatings or Hood finishing supplies. Target will mix custom collors and Hood sells black and white pigmented water base lacquor. You will find both on the internet.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#3 posted 10-03-2012 10:42 PM

You should check with Jeff Weiss of Target Coatings to see if your needle will work with this product. I think it will, but he knows all.

-- Art

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#4 posted 10-03-2012 11:25 PM

Try Sherwin-Williams white solvent lacquer.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 10-04-2012 05:03 AM

Crystalac makes a white top coat in gloss or satin finishes. I’ve used the gloss and it comes out great.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#6 posted 10-04-2012 05:14 AM

My medicine cabinet project I used 25 – 30% Flotrol. Flotrol is a special thinner for spraying latex through HVLP guns.
This was my first time spraying latex so there was a little bit of trial and error but I quickly found the best settings and the job went really well.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#7 posted 10-04-2012 06:16 PM

One of the best things you can do for spraying latex of any kind is to stir it using a mixer on a drill. This will shear the molecules of the paint so that they spray better.

Floetrol is not a thinner. Floetrol is a latex additive that breaks the surface tension of the paint and allows it to flow out better. Water is the proper thinner for latex.

With HVLP systems that needle is fine. Thin your paint with 10% water, add 2 ozs of Floetrol, stir with a drill.

On the other hand. Latex is never the proper finish for any furniture or cabinetry. Solid color lacquer, from anyone, is a better finish coat.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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