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Re: Orange peel

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Stephen Newell

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Paint needs to flow out before it sets up. It needs to be sprayed on wet just almost to the point of running on vertical surfaces. The paint can be too thick or the solvent can be too fast so the paint dries before it flows out. You can also be too far away with the sprayer to where the paint lands half dry. The temperature can do it too. If you sprayed paint on a very hot summer day the chances of orange peal increase especially if you do it in the direct sun (which you should never do). Sometimes the sprayer can do it. If you have a cheap HVLP sprayer they put out more air than paint so it's more difficult to get the wet coat. Sometimes the sprayer needs a good cleaning so it sprays the volume of paint that it should. There is just many causes, you just have to tune the sprayer to the paint you are using. On something important if you don't know exactly how to thin the paint you are using it's best to spray something scrap first to make sure it is properly thinned.

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