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Old 02-05-2011, 09:57 PM   #1
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how well does using an air compressor and a gravity feed gun work to paint trim work ? or is it a waste of time ? im using dutch boy cabinet and trim acrylic latex high gloss ultra white . also what is alkyd low luster enamel satin ? is it a more durable paint ??

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I haven't done this myself, but I've seen it done many times; usually when new floors are also being installed. Nothing beats the look. If I were doing it, I'd put a bead of painters caulk along the top of the trim first. No gaps and no brush strokes.. it looks amazing.

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Fill the gun's reservoir with paint. Turn on the air compressor and spray a little bit to see how it will perform.

You need to consider that most latex paints are pretty thick, so you might need to thin it quite a bit before hand. Use FLOETROL to thin down the consistency, and never use water because it will compromise the product and make the paint run.

It's a good idea to test spray on some scrap wood to see what you have. "clumpy" and splotchy - the paint is too thick. Lines on the top and bottom of the spray pattern - the paint is too thin.

Try spraying several small coats instead of one large coat. This will help the paint lay out better and look more consistent.

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well i cant get my compressor to work so i will probably just brush the rest of it .. thanks though.
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You would have had trouble,anyway. Latex is usually sprayed with an airless pump---
---The thinning needed for a compressor gun usually is a failure,--Mike--
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And, good golly don't use any Dutch Boy paint........just not a high quality paint to use on woodwork.
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Heres another question , can you take eggshell paint and make it satin 1 grade higher sheen ? the sample at the store eggeshell looked different than what i ended up with .
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Nope--sorry---The most common trim paint is a semi-gloss---Satin has a little less gloss--

If that is the look you are after--you will need to buy the satin.
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And, good golly don't use any Dutch Boy paint........just not a high quality paint to use on woodwork.

ok i went and got a gal of benjamin moore ...

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