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Good finish, pitting, and orange peel on same door

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I have a Titan 1500 controlmax and for the first time in almost 10 years of spraying I busted a seal after just 4 months. It was a huge pain to remove actually had the guard in 4 pieces before I managed to get the seal out. I tried cleaning it and putting it back in but it still leaks. I live in a backwards part of Canada and the only titan products I can get are tips without new seals. So I purchased a graco rac x guard and 417 tip(only one available)

I'm trying to finish a set of cabinets and the craziest thing keeps happening. On the same door I'll get a nice finish then 2 inches over I'll have pitting then 2 inches beyond that I'm getting orange peel. I've attached a couple pics.
I'm using Command paint thinned about 10% with distilled water, vegetable glycerin, and dawn soap( I've used this for 5 years with out an issue)
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I guess what I'm trying to ask is this

Is there anyway I can temporarily fix the Titan seal? Maybe silicone or something, I'm pretty handy.

Why am I getting this fuct up finish with the rac tip? Would a FF tip change this? I'm sure I've sprayed cabinets in the past with a blue tip though.

I'm tearing my hair out over this job. I should have been done last week.
Spraying Command with a 417? A 410 FF is what I use for that product.
Yea I would be using a green tip if I could get one. I prefer the hea titan tips but I can't get a seal til Friday.

I'm just about to pull out my flexio to try to finish this set. Either that or air hvlp:shrug:
Lol thanks for the advice about Amazon. That's great, I ordered new seal, guard, and tip, but in Canada we don't have overnight delivery Amazon prime only has my stuff coming in on Friday or Saturday. I need to finish this job this week. Dawn dish soap as well as vegetable glycerin break the surface tension of liquid making it flow better. Ghetto floetrol for a fraction of the cost. I only use one drop per 2 liters. It works great along with the VG.
I'm a pretty consistent sprayer. Same speed same overlap, and since I usually hang doors my passes are very fast. I'm getting a good finish(proper amount of paint), pitting(not enough paint), and orange peel(too much paint) on the same pass. I tried un thinned Command and Advance for a couple years and much prefer the finish from thinned paint. I've used it over a year on a cpl hundred kitchen sets and never had an issue. I'm not a fan of the extended open time, but like the finish better. I also find the thinned paint covers grain up better as well.

I also find with the 1500 since it only reaches 1600PSI that I have to spray un thinned command at 5. I like to spray about 4 so I have some wiggle room. Command base 4 is thicker than base 1
I've never heard of a wet nail Guage. I laid the paint on super thick as I've already hung these doors and the customer was unhappy. They want that super thick paint look in a high gloss. I despise gloss for cabinets. It's biting me in the ass.

I'm trying whatever I can to finish this job. This job normally would be 5 days for me it's gonna run 15 with all this bs.
Shot a door with a flexio NG. I'm contemplating using an air hvlp with a 2mm tip bit I just read a post by you saying it's NG as well. I'm tearing my hair out
I'm honestly thinking about jb welding the seal in place and then throwing a bead of silicone.

New tip and guard won't be here til saturday
You say you've sprayed a 100 sets of cabinets? If you think a 417 tip is appropriate for spraying cabinets, you have a lot of homework to do on this subject. I spray with a 208fflp. Order in the proper parts and quit messing around.
I believe I said I've sprayed close to 1000 sets. Maybe you should read before speaking. I've said many times in this thread that the 417 was the only tip available to me at the time locally.

My tip of choice for cabinets is a 311 hea tip
I understand that you feel you need to finish this job this week, but it’s been my experience that all of the hard deadlines I faced over the years were most often self imposed and usually weren’t all that hard once I reevaluated them. So, if at all possible, I would suggest you take a big breath and wait for your parts to arrive so you can properly finish the job.

And unless you have a 5 stage professional grade unit, as well as successful experience in using it, I would NOT recommend you try and finish with an HVLP unit. You will be opening up a whole new level of frustration that will make what you are experiencing now seem minor in comparison.

Contact your customers and give them a head’s up that you are experiencing equipment issues beyond your control. Hopefully they will appreciate and understand your situation (especially since they likely also experience issues like you do in not being able to get some items locally or quickly) and that you are trying to do what you need to do to give them a professional job.
Yes this is what I had to do. I only take on one job at a time at this point so its a hard week for me
My apologies. Ok 1000 sets. With that kind of experience, I think you already know the answers to your questions. Now might be a good time to order some "backup tips " so you don't have to spray with a 417.
I shouldn't have been a dick and I apologize.
I learned to spray in a very large company and they had a spray line that would hold 100 faces. They would be loaded on the line I would spray them they went into an oven and then I'd spray the 2nd coat. 4-600 faces a day for almost 4 years.
Just from my records which I wasn't doing in the beginning and I've lost quite a few, this set will be the 193rd set I've done in the last few years.
RH nailed it on the head. What is the deadline? This is clearly a situation that's out of your control, and any reasonable client should understand this. It sounds like a couple days off might be the best thing for you right now anyway, and then you can come back with a proper tip and a fresh perspective.
Yes good advice.
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Green dawn dish soap and vegetable glycerin both work as surfactants. Water based paint thinners use water and a blend of surfactants. Ive tried dawn, vg, blue antifreeze, and other things. I know a bit about chemistry and after many trials ive found that dawn and vg work best. When you lower the surface tension of paint it covers better. Only issue I have is it extends the open time.
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I probably should have mentioned that it's a very small amount. 1 drop of dawn per 2L of thinner. I found less is more with dawn.
I was a glazer for a couple years and besides saliva which works the best dawn soap worked the best to keep caulking from sticking to tools. This is because it's a great surfactant. Lowering the surface tension so much it doesn't stick. I spent some time years ago experimenting with different things and found this to be the best combination. For example floetrol's main ingredient is vg.
would void any guarantees the paint companies provide (though those are largely worthless anyway)

As for the chemistry comment, sorry, but that’s just rather silly. I know little bit about trains, but that doesn’t qualify me to operate a locomotive.
I try not to brag but me knowing a little bit about chemistry means I've set up and run small labs.
I say I know a little about electronics. This means I know how to design, fabricate circuit boards, put them together, troubleshoot, revise circuits including ic's and microprocessors.
I do alot of experimentation always looking to learn and improve. The controlmax is a small sprayer shooting at 1600psi I don't like having to spray at full power. Thinning command at 10-15% depending on colour allows me to spray at 3.5-4 instead of 5.
I understand people are mind boggled but I'm not just pulling this out of my ass. You would not be able to tell the difference between my thinned command and full strength.
Nor in anyway am I encouraging the use of this thinner I was just telling what I am using and the fact that my issue has nothing to do with my thinner.
Once my proper tip came in I managed to get the doors finished near flawless like normal. Unfortunately once in awhile I get a hair or some **** on a door during final.
I'm not trying in anyway to be dick and appreciate the constructive criticism
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