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I have been through the knowledge base, but just wanted to clarify, has anyone had good results spraying waterlox? I am spraying four cherry countertops for a customer who wishes to use waterlox (not my preference). Being less than a fantastic brush man, I was going to do some tests spraying it, and would prefer to use my AAA. I am a bit concerned about cleaning it completely from the pump and lines when finished, and contaminating future finishes. I do have cup guns and a pressure pot available. Would it likely need thinned a bit with mineral spirits? Thanks,
We make a lot of custom wood tops made from all types of wood . I have only used Waterlox as a finish . It's easy to apply and easy to repair . Use a foam roller way better than a brush . Don't fuss with it either . We have never sprayed it , we never thought to always have had great results with foam roller or pad .
Tried spraying waterlox on a counter top when I got frustrated after trying a few different types of brushes.
Was able to build it successfully, with defects (micro bubbles, pin holes, mainly). Never got it to spray well.
Foam brush did not work well for me. It would tend to pull the adjacent film, as quickly as a second brush stroke. LOW VOC forumlation may have been to blame here.
Overall. Don't expect the stuff to spray well. Maybe you can play with it, get it to perform better than I did.
Personally. I love the way Waterlox looks.
1. It takes far too long to cure, prior to delivery. I couldn't deliver for at least a week, due to odor, from off gassing. Maybe you can work this into your schedule, or clients don't mind. but. I cant.
2. Dry time in between coats was too long.
3. Durability is adequate, if a top is treated carefully. Professional, conversion varnishes, urethane, etc... are going to be in another league though. Especially when it comes to chemical resistance.
4. Having to brush is the final nail it the coffin. If someone can find me a durable coating that I can truly apply with a simple foam brush, while getting professional results. would gladly, trade all my spray equipment for this knowledge.
Jake, you pretty much summed up everything I went through with waterlox. The dry time is crazy, the cure time is even worse. Couldn't brush it, couldn't wipe it, couldn't spray it ( except for my sample board, which I sprayed and it looked great). I'm not knocking the product, I know a lot of shops use it with great success, I just couldn't make it work for me. It does look amazing on cherry. After two weeks of fighting it, I stripped all the tops and sprayed with 2k poly. Done in a day, more durable, and looked great. Live and learn.