Getting Oil Results With Waterborne Finishes

The author sands new trimwork with 120-grit paper before filling holes and priming. Good dust collection streamlines the process.

After patching nail holes and dings and sanding again, the author primes the trim.

A selection of fast-drying, sandable, waterborne primers.

Waterborne primers raise the grain, so once the primer has dried, he sands it with 150- to 180-grit paper to smooth out the surface. and prepare it for top-coating.

For production spraying of heavy-bodied waterborne trim paints, the author uses Graco’s Finish Pro 395 (A) air-assisted airless sprayer

The G40 gun that comes with the Graco rig is HVLP-rated.

It minimizes overspray and gives good control over the fan pattern at the tip of the gun.

Graco’s ProShot 18-volt cordless sprayer works well with waterborne primers and paints and is easy to clean afterward. It holds just a quart, though, so the author reserves it for smaller jobs.

Whether brushing, spraying, or rolling, the author strains all waterbornes — even freshly opened gallons — before using them.

Waterborne trim paints tack up in less than an hour, reducing the risk of dust contamination.

When properly applied, they produce a smooth cabinet-grade finish ...

... with a satin sheen.

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