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Persimmon refinishing, spraying Poly


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#1 deejaid

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 01:30 PM

Dave Woods wonderful step by step instructions for refinishing persimmon woods is really the gold standard of persimmon wood refinishing available on the Internet today.   Daveís finishes are on another level in terms of quality and one thing Iíve noticed is he doesnít mention dipping the club in polyurethane at all.  All his instructions say to spray polyurethane for the final finish using spray cans.

Now, Iíve finally got my compressor and hvlp spray gun set up for spraying and Iím wondering how many of you guys have sprayed water based polyurethane through and hvlp for club refinishing.   It seems to me a water based polyurethane made for sealing hardwood floors would be ideal for sealing persimmon woods, allowing for multiple thin coats that look much better than the thick finishes poly dipped woods have.

Anyone go this route?  What were your experiences?

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#2 mocokid

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 03:15 PM

Spray can poly with fan nozzle Dave recommends, minwax brand. Excellent coverage 5 coats or so , start light, fan nozzle is dumby proof.

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Posted 04 January 2019 - 03:29 PM

But at $8-$9 a can it can get pricey.  What’s great is Dave’s instructions call for equipment most home DIY’ers have easy access to.  But I build guitars as well, so after years of buying Nitrocellulose lacquer in spray cans at $15 a pop, I finally bought a quality compressor and an hvlp gun to spray guitar bodies and necks.   Much more economical.   At $40 a gallon for water based hardwood floor polyurethane, I could restore 5x the number of clubs for less $$$ than spray cans.
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Posted 04 January 2019 - 05:28 PM

View Postdeejaid, on 04 January 2019 - 03:29 PM, said:

But at $8-$9 a can it can get pricey.  What’s great is Dave’s instructions call for equipment most home DIY’ers have easy access to.  But I build guitars as well, so after years of buying Nitrocellulose lacquer in spray cans at $15 a pop, I finally bought a quality compressor and an hvlp gun to spray guitar bodies and necks.   Much more economical.   At $40 a gallon for water based hardwood floor polyurethane, I could restore 5x the number of clubs for less $$$ than spray cans.
back in the dark ages a lot of clubs wer dipped. I never did dip a clun. I w brush on the urethane with a good brush. I would the hold the club up to a light bulb and just rotate until bubbles were gone. I would stand it up or hang I bY the handle so the head touches nothing till dry.  I am goin to refinish a Kenneth Smith vertical persimmon.im going sandbthe finish off gently and oil finish it. And then buff it really good.

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Posted 05 January 2019 - 09:39 AM

30 years ago I tried dipping water based poly. It certainly left a thinner coat than oil based.


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Posted 06 January 2019 - 06:36 PM

I've always dipped, and had my finishes held to professional standards of measurements (another story for another thread)

So - why balk at 5 coats of spray??? If the proper finish is what you seek, two ways to go:
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Posted 07 January 2019 - 10:12 AM

Years ago I always dipped. I got Poly from Golfworks and it came in a wide mouth can.That is no longer available. Now I spray. So much easier and a lot less waste.You were lucky to get 1/2 Quart.

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 06:48 PM

View Postrobert horneman, on 07 January 2019 - 10:12 AM, said:

Years ago I always dipped. I got Poly from Golfworks and it came in a wide mouth can.That is no longer available. Now I spray. So much easier and a lot less waste.You were lucky to get 1/2 Quart.

Robert - me too.

Always dipped with Golfworks Oil Modified Poly as well. The finish would yellow over time, but if not a white insert
or decals/stampings I liked that look. Especially on Mac 693's. Now i spray everything too.

Believe it or not, my last can of the Golfworks Oil Modified Poly lasted up until about 5 years ago. I had put what I
had left in an old glass (large one) spaghetti sauce container and it lasted forever......... I probably bought it around
the year 2001...... Always keep it out of daylight and in room temp and closed up asap after dipping.

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Posted 07 January 2019 - 09:14 PM

Robert, Bella, do you guys use water or oil based poly spray?  Seems only oil based is available here in NZ.

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Posted 08 January 2019 - 07:18 AM

View PostSteveNZ, on 07 January 2019 - 09:14 PM, said:

Robert, Bella, do you guys use water or oil based poly spray?  Seems only oil based is available here in NZ.

Oil based - I have always preferred it over water based, personal preference I guess....


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