Elisha Albretsen

Painting Your Projects

Elisha Albretsen
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  • In-depth Instruction; over 22 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
  • Available for purchase: $19.99
Brushing is relatively easy and low tech and is a common choice for painted projects. Should you use a synthetic bristle brush, or natural? Should you do anything to the paint before using it? Elisha helps you with this, plus tips for handling the brush and getting the best possible quality finish.
Using a roller instead of a brush to paint on your projects gives you a big leap forward in quality. But you need to make sure you’re getting the right roller, and using it correctly, to get those results.
Spraying your painted finish, instead of brushing or rolling, can provide significantly better results. Aerosol paint, some call ‘em rattle cans, provide an easy way to spray finish. When they’re used correctly and equipped with the best tip. Yep, you can change tips.
There are lots of advantages to spraying your finish instead of brushing or rolling. Elisha fills you in on airless and HVLP systems, and why she likes them so much.
Airless, HVLP and compressor-based spray guns have many things in common, including a similarity in the controls that allow the gun to transfer finish. Fluid flow, fan direction, fan pattern, air flow…these all come together to optimize what the gun will do. Elisha shows you how to adjust the settings to get a good finish.
A sprayer simplifies getting paint on your project, but you still need good technique to use the sprayer correctly. With Elisha’s help you’ll be handling your sprayer like a pro in no time.
8 Lessons
22  mins

Finishing is always an incredibly important part of any project. The finishing process has many opportunities to make or break the project you’ve worked so hard on. Elisha Albretsen, also known as the Pneumatic Addict, is opening her bag of tricks to help you get the best possible finish when you’re painting your projects.

Lots of application choices
There are many ways to apply paint to your woodworking projects; brushing, rolling, spraying with an aerosol can or spray system… Each of these choices has advantages and disadvantages. The application method you choose may depend on the scope of the project, the finishing environment, your skill level, or some combination of all those factors. Elisha will help you narrow down your choices to make sure the method you’re choosing can work, and work well, for your project.

Setting up for success
Have you heard the expression “Plan your work, and work your plan”? There aren’t many places more important to apply this concept than finishing. We’re not slapping paint on a picket fence; we’re getting a great coat of paint on a woodworking project you’ve worked hard on. You’ll learn about the best possible materials, prepping your paint, fine-tuning the device you’re using to put paint on, keeping a wet edge, and more. Elisha’s tips will help you every step of the way.

This class will help you get to the finish line on your painted woodworking projects.

Paint friendly materials
If you’ve unhappily experienced carefully sanding a project, applying paint, and suddenly no longer having a glass-smooth surface, it’s probably because you chose the wrong material for your paint-grade project. There are man-made and natural materials that lend themselves to superior painting surfaces, and some you should avoid.

Elisha Albretsen

Elisha Albretsen is a skilled woodworker, carpenter, and DIY blogger living in Arizona with her husband and twin boys. Her website, Pneumatic Addict, showcases her diverse portfolio of work which emphasizes simple-yet-stunning woodworking projects for the home. Elisha's modern style shows that beautiful pieces can be easy to achieve with a bit of cutting, sanding, and hard work. With 15 years of experience, her goal is to make carpentry and woodworking accessible to wider audiences and prove that the hobby is truly for everyone. Elisha aims to demystify power tools and provide guidance to beginners when it comes to lumber selection, tools, techniques, and more.

Elisha Albretsen

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