Really underground garage
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: mnts of Va
Grizzly,there's a cpl excellent books that have been around for about 10 or so years that will put your questions/answers into.....about as logical and concise of a format as can be had.Flexner is one I have and can't think of the other.....they'll turn up quick on a book search.
The "issue" with finishing is,like certain other trades/crafts/disciplines,it is open for interpretation.Hence the book referring above(nice formats).Put two well adj sprayguns(brushes,rags,etc)in the hands of two well seasoned finish guys/gals and you can get two different outcomes.This is NOT a bad thing.In fact,it's one of those "signature" items that makes each of them special.
Then there's the chemistry side of it.One of my sons is a chem PHD,and he'll be the first to say that even in chemistry like I said above,is open to interpretation.Change one tiny....seemingly insignificant part of the process and what was a discussion now becomes an argument.
Get a book,and pick something easy to practice on.Freeby,discarded or unwanted furniture is hard to beat.Scraps are usually recommended and I won't argue....but sometimes you need a larger pallet to practice on.In spraygun world,I tell everyone to just start spraying everything in your shop.Even the trashcan could use some ghost flames.....airbrush the litter box.If it isn't nailed down,shoot it,haha.Best of luck,BW
Those who say it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt the people doing it.