My client for the computer monitor has a real hectic work schedule as he’s supervising a total remodeling job at a local Toyota dealership. Because of that we’ve had a difficult time getting together to select the finish for his project. Yesterday I decided that what the heck, nobody is going to steal a couple of pieces of Alder and Alder plywood if I laid them in front of his construction trailers’ door so left them there with a note. That worked! he sent me an email and we’re going to go with the General Finishes, EnduroVar which is the same finish I used on a recent bar stool project.
This time of year it’s best to do my finishing work in the mornings, especially spray work. The whole world is my spray booth but direct sunlight is not my friend. The area I spray is on the west side of the house and I have until 10:30 or so before the sunlight comes over the ridge of the house. Our humidity has been pretty high for us but it should be okay.
To prep for this job I’m trying a tip from The Wood Whisperer. He has many video’s on line and covers a myriad of subjects dealing with woodwork. He’s pretty informative and easy to listen to, here’s a LINK to his website. Anyway, his tip had to do with pre-raising the grain which is something I’ll do with Oak even when using an oil finish. His suggestion was to use your sprayer; I have an Earlex 6900, to apply a light mist of water to the entire project. This way you can make your adjustments to the gun and be ready to shot the finish on without too many additional work. I went ahead and did that and once that dried everything was block sanded with 240 grit paper. All that remains is to blow off all the dust, set up the tarps to protect the concrete and shed, and apply the finish first thing in the morning.
I should be able to get the first two coats on, block sanding between with 400 grit paper. If the finish sets up as quickly as I suspect it may I’ll be able to apply the third coat as well. I’ll keep you updated.