During the 6 years I owned a store, one of the best investments we made was purchasing Wagner Control Spray Max sprayers. Now that my sprayer and I are no longer working for the store, I can use it for my own projects;) I’ll show you how to achieve a perfect sealer for your wood and metal items which will also bring out their beautiful patina and character.
Last week when the weatherman said the temps were going to be in the upper 60’s, I determined to have a scrubbing and polying day for some of my own treasures that have been ignored for years.
First, I got out the hose and the S.O.S. pads and started scrubbing all the metal pieces. The wood items had been sanded the day before.
Then I dragged out Mr. Fix-it’s big garage cardboard pieces and strategically placed all the great junk facing the early-setting sun, making sure the big items wouldn’t shadow the shorter ones.
It was later in the day by the time I got started, and I wanted to make sure everything dried before the sun started setting.
This Wagner sprayer is meant for thinner fluids than paint. It’s meant for stains and polyurethanes. It’s wonderfully easy to assemble, and easy to clean up after. The spray can be adjusted. I like to use a very fine mist, and build up the layers, so as not to create drips.
After I get a first coat on everything, I wait about 20 minutes, and then go back and begin where I started again. Once those layers are dry, I turn everything over and around and do the other sides.
I’ve never used this sprayer for stain. I use one of my favorite products, Minwax water based Polycrylic. It’s a watery, white with a bluish tint liquid that can easily be cleaned up with soapy water.
I use it on everything from rusty metal, to wood, to cardboard. It seals and brings out the beautiful patina and character of vintage pieces.
As you can see in the first pic, I wrap the nozzle with a wet paper towel and baggie between coats so the poly doesn’t dry in the sprayer. I also use a baggie around my brushes so they don’t get dried out while they’re waiting between coats.
Once everything’s fairly dry, definitely get it into the garage before nightfall. If the freshly poly’d items sit out and get any type of moisture/dew on them, they can turn an opaque blue. Believe me, I speak from experience, unfortunately. Let everything dry thoroughly for at least 24 hours in a warm, damp-free environment. Since it’s water based, it really does dry quickly, and especially on metal, because it’s non-porous.
If you’ve got even more than a couple pieces to spray with poly, owning a poly sprayer rather than using a bunch of cans is definitely more price effective.
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