Airbrush or spray gun? And other spraying issues
I've been making small projects that are too time consuming to brush or wipe on, so I decided to try spraying. Then I had an idea...an airbrush! My projects are rather small and I wanted to minimize off spray as much as possible.
I've gotten most of the kinks out of spraying my stains on, but when I get to the final protective coat (struggle the most with poly) I seem to lose all sense of what's going on lol.
At first I would get 3/4 thru and then...the runs. Ok that's user error, so I'd try to adjust.
Next problem was the finish not having the sheen it should, as in if I sprayed semi gloss it would look satin. Gloss would look semi gloss. On the the next...
Current problem is that I've discovered orange peel. I'm finally getting the sheen I want but not without the orange peel effect. I feel like I'm going from one extreme problem to the opposite problem.
I didn't put any materials or thinning ratios in because quite frankly, I've tried just about every combination of finish and thinner in each problem I've had, along with spray pattern and air pressure.
I understand that spraying is not something you perfect the first time. I feel that I can do it, but can't seem to get consistent results. No matter how much I search for answers online, I haven't found a guideline for spraying, as in: spray this material, thinned this way, at this psi. I just assumed with what you can find online that a guide like this would exist.
I did also buy a small touch up spray gun, as I figured it would be better for applying the top coat, but I still have the same problems.
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