If you’ve ever sprayed a woodworking finish with a quality HVLP gun like the LX-20 from Fuji, it would be hard to go back to a paint brush. In fact, it would be hard to settle for a lesser spray gun either, because the controls and mixing chamber of the LX-20 are refined to a new level. I’ve always had good luck spraying lacquer, but I have struggled in the past to spray shellac. I realized that it wasn’t my choice of topcoat… it was my spray finishing equipment. The high performance LX-20 HVLP gravity feed spray gun changed all that. Select
You know the drill. You’ve poured your heart and soul into designing and crafting a piece of quality furniture and are excited with how things are coming along. But, like many, you’re dreading the next and final stage: finishing. Sure, you could rub on some shellac or a hard wax oil finish and be done with it, but you know that neither are durable enough to stand up over the long run. After all, wasn’t it your objective to make something you’d be proud to pass along to future generations? That’s where sprayed finishes come in. They’re highly durable, fast
For nearly 50 years, Marty Schlosser has been a furniture designer and maker. Although he developed his passion for woodworking at a young age, his interest in spraying stemmed from his desire to finish furniture he created for his family and friends. In the early 90s, Marty’s wife bought him a hardware store quality spray gun to experiment with, and the rest is history! Through dedication, he taught himself the ins and outs of spraying and is now a go-to expert who is often sourced by professionals in the industry to share his knowledge. Marty’s goal is to “generate enthusiasm”
Support Workpieces – While Spraying. Most pieces can be sprayed horizontally, which is the ideal arrangement, so the top of your work support should be oriented in that manner. The support should have a stable base and hold the work at a comfortable height, usually 650cm – 750cm (26” – 30”) for spraying.
In this two-part blog, I will share my 5 interdependent steps required to consistently produce quality finishes. Why not jam it all into one article, you ask? I wish I could, however, there is far too much material to cover on one blog. So, in this blog I will cover the first 3 steps: Spray equipment cleaned and lubricated Piece prepared Environment set for success (1st part) 1. Spray equipment cleaned and lubricated. The importance of a clean gun and air system cannot be overemphasized, as you cannot possibly achieve success unless you start out that way. And by properly lubricating your