Monday, July 30th, 2012:
A couple of quick photos, as I wait to lay on the second coat. It's 10:10 a.m., and I have just finished spraying the first coat of the EM6000 waterbase finish. At first, I was having problems getting the proper atomization of the spray out of the gun, until I brightly discovered that all it was, was that the air holes in the cap had old finish residue on the sides of the holes. Once I removed that residue, all was fine. Such simple solutions, huh?
What I do is spray a couple of very light coats. When it first goes on, it looks kind of dry and pebbly, but then, in a few minutes, it all smooths out and becomes more satiny, as you can see here. I stay away from shooting any heavy coats, because, for me, they tend to develop sags and runs, which are a pain to fix. After each spraying session, I take the gun inside, empty the container, rinse it out and partially fill it with hot water. Then I take it back outside, hook it up again, and spray the hot water through the gun, finishing it up by just shooting air through the gun. Then I take it back inside and clean the cap, making sure there are no clogs. That might be overkill (but it really doesn't take long at all), but, for me, that seems to ensure smoother spraying.
I plan to follow about the same finishing schedule as I did last summer (look HERE), so in about an hour, I will spray another coat, hopefully doing about four or five coats total for today. Here's what it looks like with one coat so far:
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012:
No photos, as they'd just look like the ones to the left, only with more coats of finish on them!
No, I take that back --- here's a photo of how nicely the EM6000 sands. This is a photo I took this morning, when I was doing the first level-sanding of the finish.
Here's what I've done so far on the finish:
- Monday --- Four coats total, about an hour or so apart.
- Tuesday --- Five coats total.
- Wednesday --- Level-sand, and spray four coats.
I'm not sure just how many coats I will put on --- I'm thinking at least three more tomorrow, making a total of sixteen coats. We'll see how it goes.
Friday, August 3rd, 2012:
- Thursday --- Five coats. (That's the last session --- for a total of 18 coats.)
Today (Friday) I am doing some drop fills, mainly in the rosettes (I always seem to have sunken spots there).
I am going to let the instrument sit now, for at least a week (if I can stand the waiting), before leveling it again and doing the final polishing and buffing. This is the most difficult time for me, because I am always so anxious to see how it's all going to look and sound!
See you in a couple of weeks. . . . .