Switch to Spraying Water-Based Finishes
A former lacquer head gives tips on going green
Synopsis: Ready to take your old, well-earned bias against spraying water-based finish and turn it on its head? Professional finisher Teri Masaschi has done a 180° turnaround since she first tried these finishes some 20 years ago. At the time, they were difficult, finicky, and unpredictable, and they couldn’t come close to the quality of solvent-based lacquer. But in the years since, the manufacturers of water-based finish have been busy. Today’s finishes are much better and she likes what she sees. There is a caveat, however: To use them, you have to forget much of what you know and in some ways become a novice sprayer again. Go ahead and do it. The result will be worth it.
From Fine Woodworking #219
The first time I used a water-based finish, I promised it would be my last. In the late 1980s and 1990s, companies launched a mass of water-based finishes and…