The following are points of order that need to be addressed...in order.
Place the suggested amount of Water into a clean 2 gallon bucket.
Add the Polyurethane and mix slowly & thoroughly using the Squirrel Cage Mixing tool***
. (...if not that one, describe which Mixing Tool you have...)
Add in the Dulux Diamond and stir slowly but thoroughly using the Squirrel Cage Mixing tool.
Add in the small amount of Silver Metallic and stir slowly
Add in the White Pearl and stir complete mix slowly for about 2 minutes.
*** When using the
Squirrel Cage Mixing tool, use a slow speed only, and move the wand around to get a thorough mixing. DO NOT whip the paint or create a whirlpool that sucks air down into the paint, as that creates bubbles. A few are not an issue, but a lot will separate the Metallic content from the Base mix, and when you strain the mix, much of those particles will be removed.
Next you must strain the Paint through a Nylon Bag Filter into a clean 1 Gallon Can. Even with the Wagner's larger needle, any solids or particles remaining in the paint will clog up the needle orifice and make the gun spit or clog up completely.
It is when straining that you can determine how viscous the mix is (...you want less viscosity...) The Paint should drain through the Net steadily at approx. the same rate you pour it in, after 1st backing up just a little to form a Pool in the Strainer. You pour the Paint through at the same rate you pour Milk into a small glass. If instead you find that the paint is rising in the strainer faster than your pouring it in it's too thick and you must add more Water ( in 2 oz increments) re-stir and strain again.
A smooth flow-through and your ready to load the Gun.
The following are critical "Wagner related" considerations.
- The Wagner will heat up quickly. Your area is large, so doing rapidly applied Duster Coats will be of critical importance.
- If the Wall is to be painted all the way into the Corners...both sides and the ceiling....you should first "Cut In" those corners by applying a very light vertical coat in the Corners using the Vertical Pattern, and a very light horizontal edging across the Top. The top edge is also done VERY Lightly....using the Horizontal setting, and starting just above the Wall at a 45 degree angle and the twisting your hand as you move onto the Wall, you spray down onto the Wall about 6"-8". Then go back up and repeat, overlapping the leading edge of the prior swath by 25-30%
- Once the sides and top are cut in, (and dry) you need to start and stop each horizontal Row with the Gun held at right angle to the Screen Wall, pointing at the Side Wall, and twisting your wrist as you move into the corner and out onto the wall. You finish the other side in reverse order, also dropping immediately and repeating the process at each end.
- You should almost be "sweeping" across the surface at about 3' per second. With a 10' wide wall that should take you about 3.5-4 seconds for each row...MAX!
- Each row is overlapped by the next by 60%.
- The appearance of the 1st coat should look very spotty...freckle-like. The object being to gradually build up a even coating over 6-7 coats
- Each coat should dry in 20 minutes if your room temp is above 70 degrees and you use a clean Fan 7' in front of the wall...centered...on high. Using a Box or Pole Fan to decrease drying times helps the Paint droplets to shrink and flatten, and that is what gives you a texture-free surface. No Fan? get one...it's of critical importance for a perfect coating.
- During that 20 minutes wait time you should rinse out the Spray Head after each coat because the heat the Wagner develops will tend to bake and dry the paint inside the Nozzle, restricting the even flow of paint. If so, each subsequent coat will be sparser and go on less evenly. Rinse the Head and the Nozzle Parts out with cold water...preferably under as much pressure as you can.
Just be advised that if you are to err in the amount of paint applied (...or you just cannot source a Fan....) it is far FAR better to put up thinner, more sparsely applied coats than heavier ones. What remains important is the Row overlap, as that is what determines how even the painted coat will look.
If you dip or slip up on a Row,do not go back yo correct....let the next couple coats do the correction. With the Wagner and thinner paints, it will be all too easy for you to dump too much paint onto the surface and get runs, sagging, or in the least, a orange-peel texture. The latter also can develop if the paint takes to long to dry between coats because the paint droplets will not shrink and flatten, so the texture gets "bumpy"....and that effect is cumulative over the course of 6-7 coats.
All the above may seem like a lot to digest and adhere to, but it really is not, and done right the entire process goes quickly. You should complete 6-7 Coats in under 4 Hours.
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