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Been running a custom trim shop for 23 years now. Been considering for years to put in a moulding sprayer and offer our products 'pre-finished'. These days we are running mostly poplar which is being painted.
Thinking of installing a moulding sprayer and offering 2 coats primer and 1st coat of paint as a value add. Looking for advice - has anyone here in this forum ever done the same? Is it worthwhile?
Thanks in advance,
Yes Dale we gave this a go some years ago. We found it was not the sprayer but the sanding and detailing between coats that was the issue. There are several spray systems out there but all are basically the same. We setup our own. You will need to cook your coatings. Sanding is the challenge at least for us not the spraying.
Poplar was our materials also, unless you run the moldings yourself we also had a lot of problems having to detail the moldings in advance to get rid of typical mill marks. The marks donít show as much with a house painter slopping paint on them but a smooth cabinet grade finish is hard to achieve without a bunch of elbow grease.
Material handling was also a major issue; you cannot touch this stuff that much. As we found ourselves touching it to sand between coats as well as in advance. We cooked ours with UV lights a basic system but it worked well.
Very few boulders will ever know the difference let alone be willing to pay for a cabinet grade paint job; all they know is a painter with a brush on the job. I have a ton of knowledge in this area if you want to give a call glad to talk.
Best of luck
D. John Bishop