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refinishing cabinet doors12/20
While I was in school I had a part time job at a cabinet shop and I did a lot of finishing work, mostly raw doors but we did some refinishing and most of the refinishing involved starting with stained doors and painting them white.
I would like to refinish my own doors but I don't own a sprayer (we used a kremlin 1014 pump at my previous job). Is there anywhere that I could rent a sprayer or purchase one for cheap? I would probably go with a conversion varnish top coat and primer because the cabinets are factory so I'm pretty sure they used cv but I could test one before spraying all of them.
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Doubt that you could rent a gravity gun, you would need a compressor too! Also, if you are spraying CV do you have a safe place to apply the finish? Need more info from you before 'good' advice is given.
Try ebay for a cheap(used) gravity gun with 1.2 or 1.4 needle/nozzle combo.
You could go with a turbine model.....but that's at least several hundred dollars and sound like vacuum cleaners.
A compressor I can probably rent. We used a sata rp gravity gun for spray stains and I assume that you are suggesting something similar but with a larger tip?
As for a safe area, I was considering setting up a spray stand in front of a window with a fan blowing outside, then spraying in a hurry and getting the hell out of there.
We used an automotive booth at my previous job. What are the potential dangers of cv?
I have a fine finish tip for my airless pump that I would feel comfortable using to spray doors (in a pinch). Airless pumps are readily available at any rental facility.
Any of the cheap gravity feed HVLP guns will do a very good job. You may not believe it, but the Harbor Freight 1.4 tip purple gun, which is sold on sale for about $10, sprays low viscosity finishes beautifully. It won't stand up to production use, but for a kitchen or ten worth of cabinets it will work fine.
Rather than risk an explosion with solvent based products, why not use a waterborne one? GF and Target both make pigmented topcoats that are KCMA rated. They come in white, and can be tinted any color you want. You would need at least a 1.8 mm tip gun for those, however, maybe even a 2.0. ML Campbell's Agualente waterborne pigmented lacquer is another product to consider.
your post scares me......spraying CV- through a window with a fan. Is it possible for you can use the Cabinet shop that you use to work for on off hours.....
No, not possible. Again, what are the potential dangers involved? Keep in mind that I am talking about a very small condo kitchen. Maybe 15 or 20 doors.
Keep in mind Mark,it only takes a smidgen of a spark to cause a gigantically large humongous boom.
There are plenty of good water borne finishes these days to risk disaster using a solvent based one improperly.
Be sure to take the screen off the window.
IMO spraying small jobs with out an explosion proof fan is not that dangerous. Keep in mind what causes sparks is the turning on or off of the fan and/or lights. As long as you turn on your fan and lights before starting to spray and do not turn them off until the area is clear you will be okay.
You are likely right 99% of the time Robert, until that one time when someone else comes into the room smoking a cigarette, or the electricity flickers, or someone turns on/off a switch nearby. Accidents really do happen. Why risk disaster when safe alternative products exist?
As far as health concerns, obviously you have to wear approved respirators for any spray finishing whether it is water borne or solvent based and keep it on until the area is cleared.
IMO Spraying a water borne product like sayerlack with a airless pump is not the same quality finish as conversion varnish.