Spraying Latex Primer and Paint with HVLP
From contributor B:
Use good quality paint and thin it out, about 20-40% water. It's not too hard to get good results, but it may take a time or two though. A colored WB lacquer would be the way to go if you can. If not, latex paint is second choice.
From contributor C:
We have great results using our HVLP with latex. I make it a point to use Floetrol conditioner along with thinning. Something to think about - we only use a dedicated gun for water base materials and other guns dedicated to our solvent based materials to save from the headache of possible contamination with our clears later.
From contributor D:
If you are using a latex primer and finish make sure that they are acrylic because it will atomize better in an hvlp and I would thin it until you get 1 drip/sec off the end of your mixing stick - that should give you a sprayable material. Then adjust your gun and spray.
From contributor E:
I have had very good results with WB tinted lacquers, and can usually spray them without changing the tip. I have never tried latex, but it is my understanding that you need a bigger tip. You'll want to try a couple practice panels before you shoot your project, with whatever you decide to use.
From the original questioner:
I take it that the WB tinted lacquer is a topcoat? What should I use as a primer, then?
Thank you all for your input. This website is an invaluable resource.
From contributor E:
If you use a WB topcoat, get the primer that goes with it. Currently I am painting a kitchen with M.L. Campbell's WB primer and topcoat. I am planning on at least trying out the Target finishes in the near future. I build cabinets professionally, and the finishing I still consider myself an amateur. So I stick within a brand for any given project. It just gives me better odds for success. I'm not sure what you'll have access to on a weekend though? You may have to go with latex depending on what you can get your hands on.
From contributor F:
Benjamin Moore Impervo waterbased sprays pretty well. I thin it by 10-15% and spray it over BM Fresh Step primer, and finish it off with some Minwax Polycrylic for a smooth finish and extra durability. Not as nice as WB lacquer, but pretty darn close and widely available. Use a 1.5mm tip on your gun.
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