Pigmented PreCat Lacquer in HVLP


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I've been doing some research on professional grade cabinet finishing strategies, and a lot has come up on using Pre-Catalyzed, Pigmented Lacquers in place of paint.  I know the advantages/disadvanteges etc, but I cannot find a place to purchase online.  Do I purchase the lacquer not yet tinted, and have it tinted to a custom color somewhere locally?  I've got limited knowledge on how to get it, so any and all help is appreciated!

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I sent a message to someone that should be able to help you.  It may take a while for him to see my message but he has used the stuff you are looking for and lives in your neck of the woods. 

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On 5/1/2019 at 5:12 PM, MHRestorations said:

I've been doing some research on professional grade cabinet finishing strategies, and a lot has come up on using Pre-Catalyzed, Pigmented Lacquers in place of paint.  I know the advantages/disadvanteges etc, but I cannot find a place to purchase online.  Do I purchase the lacquer not yet tinted, and have it tinted to a custom color somewhere locally?  I've got limited knowledge on how to get it, so any and all help is appreciated!

Are you wanting to use solvent or waterbourne products?

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Also probably worth considering is that HVLP's heat the air as it goes through the turbines, so some fast curing finishes don't play well with HVLP spraying.  I have no experience with spraying any of this stuff with an HVLP, but it's worth doing some searching about people using it.

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Alan - Ideally we would go waterborne because we are around this stuff all day every day.  But we also don't want to sacrifice on durability.  

 

Tom - Good point there.  I've not read anything where folks have recommended not going HVLP with this type of precat lacquer, but I'll do some more searching. 

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I know a little bit about this. I’ve been using Sherwin Williams Kem Aqua Plus, both clear and white. I was lucky enough to have a commercial place about 45 minutes from me. I call a few days before and give tell them what I need and they are good about pouring off 1 gallon cans for me. I wish I could buy it by the 5 gallon but I don’t use it fast enough perhaps. 1 year shelf life they say. 

Ive been using, for now, an Earlex 5500 to spray it and have had great results. I use the 1.5 tip for colors and 1.0 for clears. 

My tip, if the store asks what your spraying it in, just tell them a spray booth, not I’m just using a fan out my garage window. In actuality a fan in the window is fine for this stuff. Also, since I just do this stuff as a hobby, but I like stuff done right, I don’t have a “business” but I still gave them a business name and I got a better price also. But the store by me is really cool. They have also answered a bunch of other questions I had when I first went in and asked about it. 

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Reach out to General Finishes. 

The thing to remember using pigmented topcoats, when they chip or get damaged... you remove color and can metal mark on light colors. Perhaps keep the paint approach for ease of custom colors and simply apply a topcoat over the wood paint  to achieve better durability. Most of the water-based paints formulated for wood are pretty damn tough and don't need top coating. However, I would stick with one finish manufacture for paint and topcoat to make certain they play nice with each other. 

Professional tinted topcoats are more geared for production. Some tinted products can't take too much tinting by volume, so the color range could be limited?

-Ace-

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