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Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Byhalia, Mississippi. Waaaay down in the Bottoms
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As the screen cures, "light" orange peel effect does tighten up to the degree of how profound it is....or is not actually.
When spraying...even light coats, orange peel usually comes from the droplets being just a wee bit larger than desired. If the paint is correctly thinned, then the only way it occurs is when the sprayer is held too close to the surface. Even when moving at "Duster Speed", that will result in a bigger "splat" .....that when combined with other subsequent "splats", builds up to present that slightly bumpy texture.
Moving too slowly AND too closely, and you'd now be complaining about runs or sagging. Since your not, distance has to be the culprit.
And BTW, rolling on a loose, wet paint under less than ideal conditions can produce "worse' orange peel, even with low nap roller covers. By spraying you only increased your potential for a much better....not a "as good as" or worse surface.
But give it as little time to dry out more. heat and good drying conditions are an important part of it all. That's one last potential factor as well. In a colder, or damper (...or both...) situation, the lack of a quicker evaporation allows paint to congeal, and dry unevenly. That's why you see instructions that limit painting to within a certain temperature range. Of course I don't know what temps/humidity conditions you maintained in your shop while painting...most probably it wasn't as big a factor in it all as that durn 'ol distance thingee.
To quote James T. Kirk;
"I'm laughing at the superior intellect"