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Forum topic by bobfredlarry posted 03-24-2016 12:34 AM 634 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2016 12:34 AM

This may not be exactly what is normally done on here but I thought you guys might be able to help out. I am getting ready to build some built in bookshelves in our den. We are going to have them wrap around 3 of the 4 walls and I am stoked. We are going to paint them white and need them to last a long time so I want them to be solid. I am leaning towards going with a 3/4 inch birch plywood for everything. What is your experience with that plywood taking a paint? I am fairly new to plywood so I don’t know much about how it finishes. Thanks in advance for your help.

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#1 posted 03-24-2016 12:51 AM

takes paint very well

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#2 posted 03-24-2016 12:54 AM

I figured it did but wanted to make sure before I dropped that money. Thanks

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#3 posted 03-24-2016 04:43 AM

Plywood takes a paint finish well but you have to decide how nice you want it. If you want a fast finish, you can certainly slap some paint on there but it won’t be terribly smooth. To get a really nice finish plan on spending 2/3 of your time on the process. My standard paint finish is using Sherwin Williams premium primer – apply 1 coat, let dry completely, sand it down to flush with a block. I then put on 2 coats of proclassic. I personally spray almost everything these days but have had great results with brushing proclassic as well.

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#4 posted 03-24-2016 11:06 AM

I am with Mike on the painted finish and how smooth you want it. With as much wall as you will be covering, taking the prep time will be worth it.
I have used the Sherwin Williams premium primer and Pro Classic paint on all of my interior doors, cabinets and trim. The Pro Classic is on the expensive side, but it produces a very nice finish. SW is great about having 30% and 40% off sales – don’t buy the stuff at full price.
All of my cabinet doors are flat. I used a small sponge roller to get the smoothest finish I could. Looking back at everything I have painted, I should have invested in a sprayer. Would have saved a lot of time and would have produced an even smoother finish.

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#5 posted 03-24-2016 11:31 AM

Even though you don’t need exrerior grade, the smooth resin surface on MDO plywood is worth some consideration.

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#6 posted 03-24-2016 02:06 PM

Yes, takes paint very well. I used to spray my cabinets for that professional smooth finish. Ironically, it’s become popular to have the antique brushed look.

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#7 posted 03-24-2016 02:11 PM

You guys are awesome. I am getting more acclimated with stuff and I think I will like it here. Thanks for all the input.

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