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My First Try at Sprayed Lacquer

Did anyone else start out with canned sprayed lacquer, or did you jump straight into using a gun?

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Did anyone else start out with canned sprayed lacquer, or did you jump straight into using a gun?

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Hey there Peter, yeah if you look at some vases I turned from recycled Red Gum - they were done with canned lacquer. For smaller jobs it beats setting up a spray gun.

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Ive wanted to try that stuff. Does it spray even?

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Ive wanted to try that stuff. Does it spray even?
The stuff I used was ok

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I started off using a gun. A gun allows a sufficient amount of finish to maintain a wet line. It allows the use of retarders, changing of patterns, and thinning the mix if necessary. There is more control of the media, IMO. For small projects, a can could do a very nice job.






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I use em for small parts where spraying an even coat is easy. When you go into larger surface areas a gun fans out a better spray pattern and work better. Even a touch up gun fans out better. Generally I don't use lacquer base, but use water based poly, but on small parts lacquer works for me in a can.
Yesterday I can sprayed 2 small boxes.
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I use a Devilbiss with De-Cups.

Graduated lines in the cup for thinning, or mixing, cup collapses as the volume reduces and after spray the cup is removed and sealed, put on the shelf for storage before next session. Once the cup is empty, it is throw away, so in a way it works just like the aerosol can, except one has the clean the gun. The latter takes a couple of minutes though.

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I was really happy with it, of course I've not used a gun yet to compare.

This Deft stuff worked really well. No spitting or clogging, and the spray seemed to go on smoothly. The light passes I made resulted in no dripping.

These are pretty small pieces. For those of you who have graduated to the guns, would you set up your sprayer for such a small project, or maybe wait until you had a whole herd of parts to finish?

I'll have to check out the Rockler and Woodcraft for any spray finish classes.

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I was really happy with it, of course I've not used a gun yet to compare.

This Deft stuff worked really well. No spitting or clogging, and the spray seemed to go on smoothly. The light passes I made resulted in no dripping.

These are pretty small pieces. For those of you who have graduated to the guns, would you set up your sprayer for such a small project, or maybe wait until you had a whole herd of parts to finish?

I'll have to check out the Rockler and Woodcraft for any spray finish classes.
I have both. I use a can for small stuff. Just depends on circumstances.

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I started off using a paint gun however there is nothing wrong with finishing small projects with a rattle can. As long as you don't try to finish a wardrobe or your dining room table you should be fine. Its the same product as you would use in the paint gun. Its just formulated ready to use where you would have to thin the lacquer to use in a gun. Some of the rattle can lacquer also has retarder thinners in it to help with humid conditions and lap marks. The biggest problem I can see is if you refinished a used item that may be contaminated with furniture polish. I'm not sure if there is a rattle can product formulated with the chemical to combat that.
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For small spray applications, there are a few alternatives to using a full size gun and a compressor. You have the option of your own mix.

You could use a pressurized canister filled with the media and air, It's refillable, and works fairly well...
http://www.shoptoolsforpros.com/aes-...spray-can.html

Or, you can use a small applicator that comes with a charge and you fill the container with the media of your choice...
http://www.preval.co.uk/UserFiles/Im...yer%20page.jpg

Or, if you have a compressor, you could use a small detail spray gun...
http://www.harborfreight.com/touch-u...gun-66871.html





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Cool ideas Cabinetman. Thanks for the links.

I like the idea of that touch-up sprayer.

For those who use guns...I'm guessing it's OK to leave things set up in the gun when you're doing multiple coats.

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I just finished shooting 50 wood drink coasters with rattle can lacquer. IMO, it's the only way to go for small stuff. No muss, no fuss, no cleanup.
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