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Thread: Orange peel with GF HP Topcoat

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    Orange peel with GF HP Topcoat

    I finished a table top with about six coats of GF High Performance Topcoat Gloss over a couple of coats of Zinsser sealcoat. I got minor but consistent orange peel over the entire top after shooting each coat. After the final coat I sanded the entire top with 320 with a sanding pad and removed most of it, and will finish with a coat of paste wax, but I'd like to avoid the orange peel effect next time.

    I shot the finish with a purple HF HVLP gun which usually gives pretty good results, in a heated, well ventilated shop. Temps were in the high 60s, and the relative humidity is very low. The finish wasn't thinned.

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    Spraying it unthinned at low RH will do that. You need to thin it probably at least 8% for that gun, maybe more
    to get the viscosity down to around 25 - 30 seconds for that 1.4 mm N/N.
    Alternatively, or maybe additionally, definitely add 3 - 5% of GF's Extender. It will let it flow out.

    Keep your coats thin and let the Extender do it's job. Also, 6 coats seems like 2 or 3 more than you should need. If I've had any tendency for orange peel it always seems to get worse the more coats I spray unless I sand it back flat at some point.

    Good luck.

    John

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    Thanks, John. I thought the viscosity might be a problem. Would Flotrol work instead of the GF extender?

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    No idea Dave; you're on your own. Isn't Flotrol milky? If so, I don't think I'd put it in a clear topcoat.

    John

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    Flotrol is really designated for latex paints, etc. I wouldn't use it with clear coats for the reason that John mentions. The GF extender isn't expensive and a little goes a long way with many finishes.
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    OK, I wasn't sure, and have some WB Flotrol on the shelf. I'll order a bottle of the Extender.

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