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Alex Lane

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 09:01 PM

It depends on how easily that high-solids primer coat can be sanded. If it’s going to gunk up your sandpaper quickly, you may be better off with the filler and putty knife, because most waterbased (and maybe oil based) products for grain filling sand to a powder very easily. But if the primer is easy to sand, then you might like it better. I’ve mused about your situation in the past and wondered what I’d do if a customer wanted me to cover up nice grain with paint. The paint itself, as mentioned, will not hide the grain of oak and does look nice IMO, but having the grain filled seems wasteful…but it’s not my money…

Paint a sample piece of oak for her to see and decide if that’s really what she wants. It’s amazing that some people don’t appreciate the natural beauty of wood…I myself used to be that way before I opened my eyes to the wonderful world of woodworking. Oak isn’t my favorite wood, but compared to a flat, grainless surface, I’d take oak any day.

I’m sure you’re just glad that you have a customer in this sad economy.

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