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If you had no alternative to putting on a new finish in an in-home situation what would you use for a finish? Spraying would still be the preferred method but perhaps falling back to a brush on finish is unavoidable.
How would you attack such a situation?
With a product you are familiar with. To me the learning curve of the product is FAR larger and carries far more liability than the issues with onsite finishing. I would tarp and tape and set up half a dozen box fans and insist and being the only one onsite on spray days and use the product that I know how it performs.
When we need in home finishes I use a finisher here in lower Fairfield county Ct , he sprays all types of finishes with great results. Depending on what is required by the builder / clients .
is this a occupied or a unoccupied house or new construction? are you finishing new work or is this a refinish job?
Waterborne Lacquer. Kremlin Pump or equivalent for High End Custom Finish.
Italian Waterbornes are the best.
Learning curve is tough if you are used to spraying solvent lacquers.
I would only spray on site if the house is new and unoccupied....all other workers must be out of the house too when spraying waterborne. You must use a respirator.
Labor fee: $60.00 per man hour.
You are in the MLC area of the planet. I would seriously consider the Aqualente Plus wb products.
I've sprayed a ton of it and I've had to brush some really difficult in house jobs. It brushes easily.
Oil/solvent is outdated for those applications at this point in time. The dry time/recoat times are the same as solvent.
Call Atlantic Plywood. Buy a gallon and have try in the shop. Their tinted stuff is very good.
I'll call Atlantic to give the clear top coat a try.
I would use nitrocellulose lacquer for all the woodwork other than kitchens and bathrooms and windows/windowsills.
For kitchens and bathrooms I would use ML Campbell Krystal.
For window frames and windowsills I would investigate the use of an exterior grade coating, not a marine varnish that needs rejuvenating every few years, but a long-lasting coating.