Alder: to paint or not to paint?

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Forum topic by lynnoleum posted 05-15-2010 01:01 AM 2127 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2010 01:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: paint-grade cabinet alder finishing

I have a customer who questions evrything. I’m usually ready with authoritative evidence, but I’m short this time. I’m building paint-grade face frame cabinets for his kitchen. My local supplier was out of poplar, and the alder was reasonable so I bought that. I know alder CAN be used for paint grade, but does it have any drawbacks?

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#1 posted 05-15-2010 01:53 AM

Is she/he going to paint it? IMO, it paints easier than poplar. Closer grain, I guess, or not as soft. Anyway, it takes less paint to cover on the first coat.
If you are painting it, how will the customer ever know?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 05-15-2010 02:13 AM

If they are already sanded for paint grade finish, then they should be easy to paint. We have alder cabinets in our kitchen that were cherry stained and then clear finished. REALLY beautiful. You may want to reconsider…..

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#3 posted 05-15-2010 09:07 AM

Thanks much for the supporting info, all of you. The customer is a painter, so he is doing that himself. As for the beauty of alder, I completely agree. I remodeled my kitchen, and the cabinets are alder with a clear topcoat; I frequently get comments on it.

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