Restoring Antiques

Asprayed-on finish, properly applied, will result in a smooth and even surface that can’t be easily matched with a brush. Add to that the fact that a piece can be sprayed three to five times faster than it can be coated with a brush and you have a couple of good arguments for considering the purchase of a spray gun — particularly if you do a lot of finishing. Spraying is especially helpful if you regularly finish (or refinish) furniture that includes a lot of spindle turnings — the kind, for example, found on a Colonial Windsor chair. Using a gun, an experienced sprayer can finish three or four of these chairs while a fast brush man will do one.

There are many relatively inexpensive spray outfits on the market. They are found in two basic types: airless and compressor driven air guns. The airless types are inexpensive models suitable only for small and light work such as small furniture, toys, and models. In finishing capacity, they are comparable to the well known aerosol spray cans. There are larger airless machines that do a creditable job spraying paint and varnish, however particular attention must be paid to mixing and thinning the finishes so that the viscosity of the material is exactly right. My personal experience has been that these machines do a very good job if you want to paint a fence or house, but they don’t produce a really good finish on furniture. Perhaps I haven’t mastered the right application technique. part2

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