Originally Posted by mgreenhaw
Is it ok to use a HVLP spray gun to apply Benjamin Moore Muralo paint? I purchased a Husky HDS590 HVLP gravity feed spray gun and am getting ready to paint the kitchen cabinets I sanded. Everyone I have spoken to has recommended the Advance or Muralo paint which is a latex enamel. The paint gun manual says it is designed to spray light to medium viscosity paints.
I admit I am a novice at this and this is my first time using this spray gun. I'd really prefer not to ruin it.
Ben Moore and Muralo are 2 separate companies...Ben Moore Advance is a water-borne alkyd and I'm guessing the Muralo product they're recommending is their water-borne acrylic Ultra-Ceramic (at least, I hope it is). Both would be considered a medium viscosity paint, but it will probably still require a little thinning prior to spraying through an HVLP - with either product, thin, sparingly, only with water.
Neither of these products are what you'd call "conventional" interior paints... and each possesses characteristics that give them the tough, durable film necessary for kitchen cabinets. There is, however, a learning curve for the application of both these products - especially if, as you say, you are a novice to this. If this is your first time applying either one of these coatings, or the first time spraying via HVLP, my advice to you is buy an extra quart or so and practice, practice, practice on some type of board (other than your cabinets) to get the feel of the gun, and learn the application nuances of the paint, before committing to the entire job.
I don't think you'd go wrong with either product, but if it were up to me, I'd opt for the Muralo Ultra-Ceramic as I have a version of that on my kitchen cabinets, that I sprayed through HVLP, about 15 years ago - and still looks great. Good luck to you - and remember...practice!