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Question Port Painting Tips?

Did my first box build this past weekend and painting the port proved to be an obstacle

Just wondering what the best method is.. I originally painted the pieces ahead of time. Taped off, 2 light coats of primer, and 4/5 coats of paint. However, after applying glue, and sealing the joints it's really hard to get in and sand and apply another few coats once it's all assembled to get a nice finish. Just wondering if you guys have any tips.. thanks in advance.
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Did my first box build this past weekend and painting the port proved to be an obstacle

Just wondering what the best method is.. I originally painted the pieces ahead of time. Taped off, 2 light coats of primer, and 4/5 coats of paint. However, after applying glue, and sealing the joints it's really hard to get in and sand and apply another few coats once it's all assembled to get a nice finish. Just wondering if you guys have any tips.. thanks in advance.
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I always just do 2-3 light coats of valspar flat black spray paint, always covers nicely and leaves no streaks. I've never had to sand or prime, just make sure the port was clean of any sawdust or other particles
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I usually build the entire box, let everything dry, and then take a can of spray paint and spray the crap out of the port from the outside.

It takes an entire can, usually, but looks fine.
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Tape is the only way to prevent the glue from fuking up the finish if you do it before hand. Tape off the sprayed parts before assembly then do your glue up. Before its completely dry remove the tape and you should have a clean painted surface with no blemishes.
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Painting ports can be difficult. See, with the wood glue, if you don't sand, the color will look slightly different vs. where there isn't any wood glue. The paint will be glossier on the wood glue, so the key is try to keep that as clean as possible.

You also need to try to clear as much dust out of the enclosure as possible.
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Tape is the only way to prevent the glue from fuking up the finish if you do it before hand. Tape off the sprayed parts before assembly then do your glue up. Before its completely dry remove the tape and you should have a clean painted surface with no blemishes.
that's what I was looking for.. didnt think of it

what I'm trying to say fellas, is that after painting it all the glue runs out on the seams when I clamp everything together.. and there is no real way to spray the entire port after assembly, or to do it evenly at least. Thanks
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