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Quick Duratex Application Question

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I am getting ready to coat/paint my flat packs with Duratex. I was wondering if the surface has to be plan/level when I apply the coat.  I would love to do the sides/vertical surfaces in one swoop, but I am not sure if I still get a homogeneous texture this way.

 

Thanks!

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Axel

post #2 of 17
If you're asking if you can paint various panels t the same time that are on different planes, yes you can.
post #3 of 17
what rilla said. i pained 5 of 6 sides on mine at one time
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. Exactly the answer I was hoping for.

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Axel
post #5 of 17
just to piggy back off this thread.... how long does it take for a coat of duratex to dry enough for me to sand and do another coat?
post #6 of 17
depending on the outside temp and how dry it is anywhere from 30 min to a few hours

i painted mine in my basement in the winter where it is really warm and extremely dry. i was not sanding and only needed to wait about an hour in between coats
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Sibuna View Post

depending on the outside temp and how dry it is anywhere from 30 min to a few hours

i painted mine in my basement in the winter where it is really warm and extremely dry. i was not sanding and only needed to wait about an hour in between coats

we're in a storage shed doing our work in AZ. so averaging from 80-96 degrees (sometimes higher) . average 35% humidity on the high end
post #8 of 17
I had trouble with the texture of my Duratex becoming too abrasive the first time I used it on some speakers. The temps were high 90's and the humidity probably was 70-80%. Today I had similar temps but higher humidity, but the Duratex was still drying faster than I could even out the layer on a large subwoofer. When I applied the second coat, I misted the surface with water first then applied the Duratex. This seemed to work well and allowed me more working time and gave me the desired, smooth texture. It also seemed to "stretch" the Duratex such that the second coat required only half as much product for adequate coverage.
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Mike
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by mhutchins View Post

I had trouble with the texture of my Duratex becoming too abrasive the first time I used it on some speakers. The temps were high 90's and the humidity probably was 70-80%. Today I had similar temps but higher humidity, but the Duratex was still drying faster than I could even out the layer on a large subwoofer. When I applied the second coat, I misted the surface with water first then applied the Duratex. This seemed to work well and allowed me more working time and gave me the desired, smooth texture. It also seemed to "stretch" the Duratex such that the second coat required only half as much product for adequate coverage.
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Mike

that's crazy with that high humidity. we only have 30% humidity and we're in the low 90s... takes 20 minutes after I apply it to dry
post #10 of 17
I'm talking about work time before the texture becomes abrasive vs leaving a smooth but textured finish. The drying time is closer to an hour, and it is still a little soft in spots. On my Cheap Thrills, the Duratex feels almost like 60 grit sandpaper when you rub your hand across the surface. mad.gif On my MartySub, I achieved the desired texture on a much larger surface, but when it dries, it is smooth, not abrasive.

post #11 of 17
ahh, the texture .. yeah, it really gets rough unless you move FAST. I was having to do each side in under 45 seconds to get my texture smooth enough
post #12 of 17
I work a lot slower than you do.....tongue.gif
post #13 of 17
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I work a lot slower than you do.....tongue.gif

I was also using a 12 inch roller (cheating I know biggrin.gif)
post #14 of 17
What kind of roller on the 12" as in semi smooth or?
post #15 of 17
I used an ultra smooth mohair roller
post #16 of 17
Thx, and any water to dillute and smooth texture?
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by gpmbc View Post

Thx, and any water to dillute and smooth texture?


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