Thanks CMRA. If I could quote Stuart from the Ameritrade commercial, "it's as easy as falling in love!"
However, I would be remiss in my report if I didn't stress that "it's simple" is really a function of preparation. As the old adage states, "build it three times; once in your mind, once on paper, and finally do the job." That said, the following points really helped out in this effort and I would encourage others to do the same:
1. Study the chosen approach in detail and ask clarifying questions. Don't assume much. The information in the forum, especially the specific help from MM, was of invaluable help. You'll see my line of questioning in the posts.
2. If using the Wagner, study up on it before starting. I know it's hard for us males, but read the manual. It's really not very long or complicated but helps to know the parts, how to setup, break down, trouble-shoot, etc.
3. MMs feedback on how to use the Wagner for this application was invaluable. I've attached the thread below. Read and study it if you are going to do this application:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=834442
4. Follow the recipe! I could of started with just the UPW surface, but am very glad I sprayed the Kilz2 primer on top of it. The finished sprayed texture of the Kilz2 was almost chalk-like and did an excellent job of adhearing the topcoat of faux glaze and Silver Metallic. I believe the UPW would of been too slick of a surface for good adhesion.
4. If using the Wagner, THIN IT OUT WITH WATER! Although CMRA used ~ 25% water, I probably used around 35-40%. That's just a guess. I simply tested with the viscosity tool until it ran through clean. The manual said the thinner the mixture, the finer the paint will spray.
5. In addition to thinning out the paint, the Wagner allows you to control the amount of material being sprayed by adjusting how deep you can pull back the trigger. The less material being dispersed, the finer the paint particles being sprayed (or so the manual states). Coupled with a very thin mixture, the spray mist was extremely fine and smooth ... I could tell that the Wagner would spit bigger pieces if I increased the amount of material being dispersed. As far as the setting, I probably was only dispersing the gun at 25% capacity by adjusting the knob that allows for how far back the trigger can be pulled.
6. BE PATIENT AND CONFIDENT THAT THE DUSTER TOPCOAT IS BEING SPRAYED. Enough said on this, but it really is critical.
7. Be diligent and break-down and clean-up before each coat. It's really not difficult to do ... The Wagner comes with 2 spray containers. I kept the paint in one and put hot soapy water in the other. After spraying a coat, I would detach the paint container, cover with tin foil, set aside, hook up the container with hot soapy water and spray 10 seconds or so to clean out. You then unscrew the nozzle, etc. and clean in soapy water, set aside and wait for the next job. By doing that, it keeps the Wagner operating on all cylinders and keeps the job clean. Again, follow the manual.
And of course there are more details but these seem to be the big ones. Just study and practice in your mind and anyone can do it. Heck, I just did!