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Forum topic by willing_to_learn posted 07-03-2016 02:49 AM 494 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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willing_to_learn

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07-03-2016 02:49 AM

I’m building a toy box with the box part made out of maple. The framing and moulding is made out of poplar. I have no desire to stain it because of the difficulties in staining these two type of woods even though I’ve heard a few people having success. My plan is too put a light color of paint between a white and blue or a light purple or green. I want a nice shine look. (Girls toy box) A guy at Lowes recommended Valspar Reserve primer and then the Valspar satin or semi gloss paint of my choice. Just looking for other ideas and pictures if you have any?

Thanks!

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 07-03-2016 12:24 PM

I would prime it with Zinnser shellac based BIN. Sand it smooth, then top coat with something that is 100% acrylic. If the Valspar the Blowes guy recomended is wall paint, it’s likely a latex and stuff will stick to it ( a property called “blocking”). Some of the paints are making changes to their formula and that stuff may well be 100% acrylic, just check the label. As a general rule, it doesn’t pay to listen to Skippy Stockboy (or Stockgirl) at the box stores….they are almost always worse than asking on forums such as these (LOL).

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 07-03-2016 12:53 PM

Look at milk paint. It’s very durable, non-toxic and comes in a myriad of colors.

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OSU55

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#3 posted 07-03-2016 01:24 PM

Valspar does have a 100% acrylic paint. Never used it, but it “should” prevent the blocking Fred mentions. Don’t use latex. You may want to test it by painting a small piece, let dry, then set something flat on it for a day or two and see if it sticks too it. I agree with using the BIN shellac primer – good stuff when painting.

The issue with staining those woods is blotching. It’s not that difficult to deal with. Here is info on it.

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Kirk650

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#4 posted 07-03-2016 02:34 PM

Bondo recommended Milk Paint. I agree. That’s some tough paint for sure, and perfect for a toy box. Woodcraft is where I get mine. When dry, use paste wax and you’ll get a nice satiny glow.

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willing_to_learn

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#5 posted 07-03-2016 05:25 PM

I will definitely look into the shellac primer BIN. One question I have is after using this can I use drywall compound to fill in the imperfections like nail holes? I saw a video of Jon Peters using the compound over primer but he was using Benjamin Moore.

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OSU55

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#6 posted 07-04-2016 12:48 PM

Yes, joint compound will work. It will fill the grain any where you put it, which can telegraph through after painting. Wood filler will do the same. It shouldn’t be noticeable on smooth grain woods like poplar and maple.

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HorizontalMike

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#7 posted 07-04-2016 01:24 PM



Look at milk paint. It s very durable, non-toxic and comes in a myriad of colors.
- bondogaposis

May I also add to this and suggest making your own milk paint by curdling your own skim milk. You can still have all of the colors you desire, and it is much tougher.
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Aj2

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#8 posted 07-04-2016 01:44 PM

Generals milk paint is very nice to use on small projects.Lots of colors.Dries hard.The house paint you can get from The Borg is just junk.

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willing_to_learn

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#9 posted 07-05-2016 04:30 PM

Thanks for all the help and suggestions. I’ve read a lot of good stuff on the Zinnser primer so I’m going with that. Milk paint was an option at the beginning of the build. After seeing Mark from the Wood Whisperer use it on a toy box, I gave it some thought. Unfortunately I can’t get any without ordering it and with me having the week off, I like to finish it this week.The other stuff will be easier to get. Just bought the top for it today from a local Amish cabinet place. Cut to size and only cost me $18 compared to going to a big box store and using hardwood. Total would’ve been around $40. That doesn’t include cutting it to size and gluing it up.

Thanks again

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Fred Hargis

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#10 posted 07-05-2016 06:04 PM

Watch the labels on the Zinnser products closely. They’ve recently added products,a dn you want to make sure you get the shellac based primer.

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