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I'm a one man shop with self-taught finishing experience. over the years I've used various systems for finishing like turbine, airless, AAA, pressure pot, with various products like polyurethane, lacquer, conversion varnish and tinted conversion varnish. I've never had any formal training with any of them, just curious if there were any workshops or conferences out there that would deliver useful information on finishing systems and products and best practices to get a professional looking smooth finish?
I would first inquire of your finish supplier. Many outlets have tech support people who will visit your shop and work with you on getting their products to look as good as possible.
My criticism of youtube videos and workshops is that these demo presentations are done on flat panels or pieces of paper. Good golly, demonstrate how a chair is sprayed or something woth a complext shape. Demonstrate on a table with turned legs and a lower fixed shelf.
Contact AWFI they do hands on classes in Charlotte and do a very in depth decent job with a levels of experience....
DK if they still offer it, but Mohawk used to have 2 & 1/2 day program. Think it cost about $800
save you money and sign up for a class at a ml campbell class , very professional and will save you money over awfi but awfi is a good class i am sure other mfg will offer classes but i am partial to campbell's class
good luck herb j
I have been to both the ML Campell and the AWFI classes both are very good, you will learn a lot attending either one of these!
I agree with others that AWI/AWFI and the coating manufacturers have great classes. Even if you can pick up 1 tip, it's worth it. But Mark, I actually am more impressed with you learning from the school of 'Hard Knocks'.
Let me tell you: I have learned a lot reading our Knowledge Base above, sometimes applying processes discussed on it, just to learn/understand.