I am closing in on completing my first real piece of furniture.. a bed. I
am very nervous about finishing this. Afraid I am going to ruin the whole
thing. I have been leaning towards using a gel finish as it looks like the
most forgiving. But every show I watch, shows people using an HVLP spray
finish. I am looking for opinions on which way to go. Thanks
If you already have an HVLP spray rig and haven't used it I'd practice on
some scrap before using it to finish a completed project. If you haven't
purchased the spray equipment then you'd be better off hand finishing.
Now having said that, if you plan on making more furniture and think you
will need spray equipment then get a decent HVLP rig.....they aren't cheap
but then the work you put into your projects isn't cheap either.
I don't currently have an HVLP.. but I have seen several cheaper units at
Rockler for around $100. Assuming the bed turns out well, then i am on to 2
nights stands and a dresser. So this could be a definate ongoing thing. I
would definately practive before hand either way.. just trying to figure
out which would be best.
I don't like hand finishing anything unless it's an oil finish. I currently
use an airless rig for spraying but just bought an Accuspray 19 cup and gun
(considerably more than the Rockler gun) and haven't had a chance to use it
so I'll be practicing shortly.
From what I've read on the inexpensive HVLP your looking at it should work
fine for most wood finishing applications though most often you'll be
thinning your finish products substantially to get them to spray correctly.
Like anything, it takes practice and you've already indicated you'll do
that. It will, in the long run, make finishing your projects much faster.
I couldn't imagine not using some type of spray equipment on some of the
large projects I've done.
Let us know how the projects turn out.
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