Bosch PFS 2000 spray system - exclusive to Builders
Painted furniture allows DIY enthusiasts to create beautiful furniture for a home at a fraction of what it would cost to buy new furniture. Here's how to achieve the most professional finish for your painted furniture.
Thanks to the introduction of the Bosch PFS range of spray systems, painting furniture is now the most easy and professional way to paint your furniture projects. The Bosch PFS 2000 spray gun was recently put to the test in our workshop and we would like to share some of our tips on how to achieve a professional finish for all your painted furniture.
The Bosch PFS 2000 spray system is exclusive to Builders stores countrywide. It might be the entry-level model for the PFS range, but if offers just as much spraying power of most expensive models.
Having previously used the Bosch PFS 65, we put the Bosch PFS 2000 to the test to see how it would perform for painted furniture.
First off, you will love the convenience of this compact and powerful spray gun. The lightweight motor has a shoulder strap that allows you to carry the unit around with you as you move around to spray all side - or walls in a room. Previous models were either too heavy to hold for long periods, or the motor was too bulky to carry with ease.
Paint is diluted with water by 10% of volume to ensure a smooth flow and reduce spitting, Some paints are thicker than others so we recommend that you use Prominent Paints Select Matt paint for your furniture projects and you will soon know exactly how much water to add to your paint for all your furniture painting projects.
GOOD TO KNOW:
Pour undiluted paint into a clean container, leaving enough space in the container to add water and mix well. This can then be transferred to the paint pot of the spray gun. In this way you can make enough paint for a specific project in one go and pop a lid on the container between topping up the paint pot.
Adjust the settings on the spray gun to the lowest setting for the first coat. You can adjust slightly if you find that insufficient paint is applied, but only apply a thin layer of paint for the first two coats.
Hold the spray gun approximately 30cm away from the surface of the furniture being painted. If you apply two light coats of paint, an undercoat isn't necessary. This paint should bond nicely to a prepared surface or raw MDF.
After the second or third coat, use 320-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. Wipe clean and then apply two more coats of paint over the top of this. Be sure to allow drying time between each coat of paint. Before applying two coats of sealer or wiping with wax, sand with 1000-grit sandpaper and wipe clean - or spray with the hose on the spray gun - to remove all traces of dust.
The reason we use a matt and sealer / wax as opposed to a satin or sheen paint, is because this paint bonds better with the surface, can be easily distressed if required, and provides a durable finish that is less prone to chipping and scratching.