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Can I use a spray gun to apply Rub ‘n Restore®?

Yes, Rub ’n Restore® Colors and Clear Prep+Finish™ can be applied with a spray gun. We still recommend using a sponge to apply the first coat of color, because it massages the pigment into the grain.

Follow these easy steps for spray application:

  1. Thoroughly stir the color and filter it to remove any solids.
  2. Start with low air flow, paint flow, and no fan. Experiment on a piece of cardboard first.
  3. Spray approximately 6″-8″ from the surface, moving in smooth, swift strokes.
  4. Allow each coat to dry before applying another. Avoid puddling in any area. If you do, disperse it with a damp sponge, allow to dry, and then re-spray.
  5. You can immediately follow with Clear Prep+Finish™.

Rub ‘n Restore® is water-based. Clean your spray gun with soap and water, followed by alcohol or paint/lacquer thinner to remove excess moisture and prevent rust.

We always liked siphon detail guns (rather than gravity guns), because the cup can be removed without having to empty the color and they do well with thinner, specialized coatings like Rub ‘n Restore®. However, siphon guns are not HVLP (high volume, low pressure) in accordance with environmental laws. If you opt for an HVLP gravity gun, choose a smaller “detail” one.

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