Taking the Spray-Finish Plunge
A spray system can improve finish quality and increase your productivity
Synopsis: Andy Charron didn’t have a dust collection system or a finishing room in his first shop, so he turned to a spray booth. He lists the benefits spraying has over other methods of finishing, how to overcome disadvantages, and how speedy the method is. It reduces your costs, too. He offers tips on how to spray cleanly and how to make this system work for you.
My first shop was a one-car garage. What space I had was filled with tools that were absolutely necessary to make furniture. That left out a dust collector and a finishing room. As a result, getting dust-free finishes was frustrating. Brushing on shellac and varnish worked fine for small projects, but as I took on bigger jobs and built more pieces, I turned to wipe-on oils because they weren’t as fussy to use. Eventually, I needed more durable finishes that didn’t take…