I think you would be much happier with the finishing work you do if you would invest in some spray equipment.
I do actually have some spray equipment. I have a compressor and a Kolbalt paint sprayer. I also have a gravity feed sprayer. At the moment, I really don't have a very good place to set up and use the spray equipment. Also, the Kolbalt sprayer is for latex paint and I don't know if that makes a difference. I decided to work with foam pads an foam rollers because I have only got a nice finish from spraying when I have been able to take the time to set up in a really clean area and practice a bit to get the flow right an such.
If I just can't get a nice finish, I may have to get out the spray tools, of just buy some cans of spray for the last coat.
I would consider just switching to Oil Base enamel at this point
So do I understand correctly that you would,
- wait another day to make sure the coat of water-based enamel has completely dried
- sand with 330
- apply another coat of the Zinzer oil-based primer and allow to dry
- sand with 330
- apply an oil-oil based enamel with the desired finish
- skip the clear coat
I thought that Steve Neul was recommending that I just stick with the water-based enamel at this point (and also skip the clear coat). Am I understanding this correctly? I would rather not make another mistake.
Since 1980, you have not heard of water base enamel.?
Yes, apparently I have missed quit a bit over the last 35 years. I guess I never went looking for a water-based enamel. For that matter, when I looked at the paint can again last night, there in small print it says "100% acrylic". How can the paint be "enamel" when it's 100% acrylic?
"Typically the term "enamel paint" is used to describe oil-based covering products, usually with a significant amount of gloss in them, however recently many latex or water-based paints have adopted the term as well. The term today means "hard surfaced paint" and usually is in reference to paint brands of higher quality, floor coatings of a high gloss finish, or spray paints. Most enamel paints are alkyd resin based. Some enamel paints have been made by adding varnish to oil-based paint."
To me, the term enamel refers to the components that are used to make the paint. Enamel was originally glass powder that was baked on to a surface. Then it was glass powder and pigment suspended in an alkyd resin. The glass powder was the basis of the very hard finish. Apparently the term enamel now only refers to the finish or look of the paint regardless of the composition. This is the part I seemed to have missed. I would suggest that the water-based paints that are referred to as enamel are not enamel at all but high gloss or semi gloss acrylic. I think that some of this is to confuse the customer into thinking that they are getting what they remember as an enamel paint when they are not. The water-based enamel I used yesterday is no where near as easy to work with as oil based enamel, which is part of the point of enamel.
...anyway, don't take this as a rant because, as I said, this is on me for not paying attention. I should have known what the paint was the minute I opened the can. the above information is for anyone reading who likes thorough information like I do.
I want this to turn out nice for my friends and their new baby, so I really do appreciate the help.