I have an airless sprayer that I've never used before. If I were to
buy a kitchen full of unfinished oak cabinets, could I use it to finish
I'm clueless about using stain through a sprayer, but It'd need wiped
off no matter what we do...the bigger issue is the polyurethane. Last
time, I put 6 coats of semi-gloss minwax poly on with a foam brush, it
took a long long time as I would shine light at an angle to show the
bubbles and brush each of those out before the coat dried, then sanded
with 400 grit paper until smooth, then applied another coat....like I
Is there a better finish than polyurethane for this, like something
that doesn't bubble at all?
There are many types of airless sprayers, some very good, others are crap.
What do you have?
Poly would have to be thinned to spray, but it can be done. Lacquer is
Brushed poly can be done with three coats. The first thinned about 20%, the
other two about 5%. Let the last coat dry for two weeks, then sand with 400
grit, 600 grit, then polished with pumice and waxed. Time consuming, but
makes a very elegant finish if done right.
I recently refinished a bunch of oak kitchen cabinets.
I used Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane (Gloss) applied with
a foam brush. Very light sanding between coats with 400
grit and a final finish with 0000 steel wool and some wax.
Although the finished job is not totally perfect because
of damage to the original wood and a few traces of old
finish in the corners of the moldings etc. I had absolutely
zero problems with brush marks or bubbles. Even dust was
not much of an issue -- that was a nice surprise considering
all of the work was done in an ordinary residential garage
which was actively used at the time.
I've looked at the units pretty hard and every flaw I
can find is down to imperfect prep work (I had a lot
of cabinets and didn't want to spend a year on the
project). I really can't find any flaws in the new
finish itself. The color is natural and I imagine more
flaws would show up had I used a very dark colored
Overall, I think spraying is likely to create more
problems than it solves unless you have really good
equipment and some experience.
I am really convinced about using full gloss (versus
semi-gloss or satin finishes) and then knocking off
the plastic-look with steel wool or some other abrassive.
It gives a much nicer final finish, IMO.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
Go to this link and read the article. It is very educational. I used
this method to finish some oak cabinets and it came out very nice and
elegant. Looks like a nice professionally done job. I experimented with
a few samples before I do the cabinets.
at the end of the article there is a link to more options, make sure you
look at those also.
The author uses Waterlox products for sealing and top coating. These
products are very durable and easy to use (a bit pricey, but worth it).
Most of the work uses dye for coloring, but you could use stain. I
recommend the use of Gel Stain. It gives the finish a rich look and depth.
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