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Old 05-09-2009, 09:18 AM   #1
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Brush Or Spray Lacquer


I have a project with about 19 doors that I need to stain and finish, and have been debating on whether to brush on the lacquer or break down and buy an HVLP sprayer. I have been looking at the spraytech 9100, 9900, and the Graco Procomp 4900. Does anyone have any advice for me on which way I should go. Brush or Spray? Which HVLP setup?

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Old 05-09-2009, 10:30 AM   #2
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Lacquer dries to fast to do a good job with a brush on a large surface like a door. Spray it.

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I think on the can it says spray only...
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Perhaps I should have mentioned that I previously worked in a cabinet shop and have some experience spraying with high pressure systems, but i no longer work there. Now I need to either invest in a HVLP system which I am not as familiar with or brush the lacquer which I have never done and am not completely comfortable with. Just looking for advice from those who have done both and a possible recommendation on the sprayers that I have listed. I don't want to drop $1200 dollars on a HVLP system (which has been my plan, but I am willing to consider other options) and then find out that the other system was better.
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Rent one, you only have 19 doors, this is a no brainer on to buy or not to buy.
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Rent one, you only have 19 doors, this is a no brainer on to buy or not to buy.
rent is the way to go. I had pretty good luck with a 400 campbell hausfeld hVLP rig with the turbine. It is not a high quality gun nor will it last as long as the better ones but I don't use it much. HVLP is not that differant than the high pressure set ups with a lot less overspray. ( uses less material) and even the inexpensive ones will give a good finish particularly on clear coating. Just out of curiosity why the lacquer. It dries quickly, flows fairly well, but can be damaging to you and potentially explosive. I always used it in a shop with a spray booth but if you don't have one off those you will need to do this outside with the bugs dust etc. Why not use a water based urethane which dries quickly and if you use a floor type finish will be durable.
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hvlp spray.....period.

i don't care if you rent or buy. i love my Graco 4900 procomp that I got on craigslist for $200.
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A "painter" does not use lacquer, a finisher does.
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A "painter" does not use lacquer, a finisher does.
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You can always rent an airless w/ new lines. Put a 517 tip w/ a fine filter.
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Yeah, I did some stain grade trim with laquer top coat with an airless last year and it turned out very nice. Did it in my shop. Made sure to smoke OUTSIDE. JK
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the title of this thread is ridiculous.
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Spray lacquer only. If you have never sprayed it before, don't try it on your own.
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...when I spray I do it using an HVLP gun....

I use this, but I put a metal cup on it.
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Built 4 cabinets last month and used the cabots brush on laquer with good results. It was the first time I had used it.

I poured some in a seperate can to use and avoided wiping my brush in the same can I was using. Foam type brushes suck for it though...goes on good, but come back to a panel after finishing another and a gazzion little bubbles were there.
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hvlp spray.....period.

i don't care if you rent or buy. i love my Graco 4900 procomp that I got on craigslist for $200.

How much does it cost to maintain?
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Lacquer has a very low flash point. I met a guy who was a surviving burn victim: his helper plugged in a cord, and the ark caused an explosion. They where cleaning a paint spill in a swimming pool with lacquer thinner.
You will have a better profit margin to sub it out.
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I would recommend spraying the doors. Not only will it look a lot better with spraying, but it will go a lot faster too! No brainer: Save Time & Money!!! That is always best. But I also agree that you should rent one for this project. You can rent an HVLP for a day for around $100 per 24 hour period.

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