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Old 08-02-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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I would like to spray paint my old wood cabinets. I need some recommendations. Painting after removing from wall, sanded and filled.
What PSI and tank size for a no rush job painting enamel ?
What is the right size nozzle for enamel ?
Water or oil base ?
Do I need to reduce or dilute ?

I have some older DeVilbiss sprayers my father in law used as a professional
Auto Painter. Would they work ?

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Old 08-02-2013, 01:26 PM   #2
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Never spray painted before by the sounds of it.
I'd skip that idea and stick with a foam roller and a 2-1/2 sash brush.
The learning curve is going to kick your butt on this one.

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Do not think your auto sprayers will work. The paints are a different composite and take a lot different pressure to atomize and finish right. Having said that I have never tried it so not sure.
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Lots of info on this website.......for example: Spraying Kitchen Cabinets

Use the "Search" function and do lots of reading. Spray painting and doing it right is a skill that takes time, patience, and lots of practice to master. You truly will not save as much time as you think you will.
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I have spray painted before. Just not wood and not enamel.

Thanks for your comments
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Not sure what you actually mean by "enamel" but household finishes tend to be much denser than autobody finishes. An autobody shop will build up many thin layers to get a finish and durable paint thickness.

Since the cabinets are down and you can work with them, you might think about spraying them with autobody finishes. Prep and prime of course. Then build up the paint film thickness with multiple passes and call it a day.

You will need to be sure you have a moisture filter and pressure regulator on the compressor.

I don't think what you have will spray thicker housepaints well but some who spray more may have other comments.
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Another thing you might look into is pigmented lacquer. If you have some exp spraying auto paint (or something like it), lacquer might not be too hard to get the hang of. It is also thin, and usually applied in fairly thin coats. Your old DeVibiss would work fine with it.

Lacquer will give you a nice finish. It also sands pretty easily, so runs and other bo-boos can be sanded out without too much trouble.
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As for PSI settings, by the way. I only learned to use airbrushes well so will definitely leave advice on settings for you to the spray guys. If you promise to smash up your car or truck in the next year, and promise the work to the body shop you like, I bet your local guys/gals would help you out. The folks have painted some weird things, and fixed vehicles around lease turn in time for me over the years including appliances where clients wanted just the right kermit the frog green. And they have done wonderful color changing sinks for me.

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I would like to spray paint my old wood cabinets. I need some recommendations. Painting after removing from wall, sanded and filled.
Stop by a commercial Sherwin-Williams store. They'll be able to set you up with a good kitchen cabinet finish that's designed to be sprayed. There's just no reason to start with a finish designed for brushing like Benjamin Moore Advance or Sherwin-Williams Proclassic.

If you're spraying without a spray booth, you can shoot a waterborne like Kem Aqua Plus. If you have a spray booth, you can spray an extremely durable finish like Kemvar Plus Conversion Varnish.

As far as your gun goes, you'll just have to pick up the correct aircap and needle. The datasheets are available on Sherwin-Williams website (linked above). As an example, for Kem Aqua Plus:

Conventional Spray:
  • Air Pressure -- 45-55 psi
  • Fluid Pressure -- 8-10 psi
  • Tip -- .055-.070
HVLP:
  • Air Pressure -- 8-10 psi
  • Fluid Pressure --5-10 psi
  • Cap/Tip -- .055-.070

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