I spent several hours, this morning, preparing to finish the cabinets. This required a good deal of cleaning and moving all my mobile tools to one side of my shop, so I could create a temporary spray booth.
Once all the tools were relocated and the dust cleaned up, I hung two large sheets of plastic from the ceiling joists with spring clamps.
Next, I prepped the shelves for spraying by attaching a board to the side, so that each shelf would stand on its rear edge. I set a couple of rows of painter’s pyramids along my knock-down work bench, to support the small door panels.
I crammed as may components, as I could, into the spray booth and fired up my Earlex HVLP sprayer. I loaded it with a pint of semi-gloss polyurethane, and started on the cabinet boxes. I sprayed the bottom and the back first, then I tipped them up onto a couple sticks, and sprayed the other surfaces of the boxes.
It gets a little cloudy because I don’t have a way to ventilate the plastic bubble that I am in. I do wear protective clothing and a respirator though.
When the boxes were done, I sprayed the back of the door panels, then flipped them over and sprayed the fronts.
I did the shelves and the large door panel last, then sealed off the spray booth to let the air settle.
I moved to the other side of my shop and brushed on the poly for the lower face frame.
I had to spill over into the garage to finish the structural frame-work, as well as the crown molding and the upper face frame.
The whole thing took just over one pint of poly to cover. Hopefully I will be able to get a second coat on tomorrow. If everything looks good, then I am done with the finish. If it looks a little thin in places, I will apply a third coat.