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    Finishing a bunch of chairs

    Ok, So, the parawood chairs Sharon ordered have arrived. That's six chairs that need to be finished.

    The chair parts all seem to be pretty well sanded, so I'm thinking I just need to hit them with a little 220 to get them ready for finishing.

    The question now is what should I use to finish them? Not planning on staining, as the color seems to be a decent match already for the maple table.

    I'm thinking that spraying them would probably the best way to get things done.

    So what type of finishing schedule would you use and what particular products?
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    Brent would you mind showing a decent close up image of the parawood. I would like to see the grain and its unfinshed color.

    Is the seat of those chairs solid or is it a laminated slab made up and cut to seat shape. ?

    I would experiment with finish on the underside of the seat to see what change occurs with whatever you put on.

    My first thought after most recent experience is to use a sealer of some sort first. I cannot even begin to think about suggesting more than that with my total lack of knowledge and experience.

    Following along though.
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    Here you go Rob. The seat is a panel glued up from smaller pieces.

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    I don't think you need to sand them any further than the factory sanded them.
    Id spray with em6000 like jim said, but what do I know.
    Id also wait until the table is built and spray them all at once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    Id also wait until the table is built and spray them all at once.
    Yes, think of the nice patina they would have by then.
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    What kind of temperature requirements are there for spraying these pre-cat waterborne finishes?

    Even in winter we can get some decent stretches of 50's day - low 40's overnight.

    I suppose I could always create some kind of tent in the garage and heat that up.

    I'm assuming since it's waterborne, there's no explosion risk like with solvent borne lacquer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    What kind of temperature requirements are there for spraying these pre-cat waterborne finishes?

    Even in winter we can get some decent stretches of 50's day - low 40's overnight.

    I suppose I could always create some kind of tent in the garage and heat that up.

    I'm assuming since it's waterborne, there's no explosion risk like with solvent borne lacquer?
    I keep my shop at about 65° daytime, and down to 50° overnight, and waterbornes spray, dry, and cure quite well. And yeah, being water-based, there's no fire or explosion danger. That was why I started using them, but then I found they were just as good, if not better than the solvent-based stuff, so now that's pretty much all I use. The Target products spray quite well from an HVLP gun with a 1.2mm tip. No thinning required.
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    Brent I know them unfinished chairs, I've done a lot of them. If your going to spray them add about 1/10 of maple to the 1st and even 2nd coat of finish. I think you'll like the results. Use cambles mag-namax. I would also use 320 and not 220 to prep. Then finial 2 coats use 3M's maroon pad to burnish the finish between the 2 costs. You'll get a great finish.
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