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Forum topic by Blulak7 posted 01-13-2011 09:04 PM 1270 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2011 09:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish latex poplar bathroom cabinet

Hey guys,

I’m in need of some advice. I built a medicine cabinet for my bathroom out of poplar because I intended on painting it. I learn some lessons during the priming and painting process. I currently have an oil based primer applied with a latex paint applied as a topcoat. I’m wondering if I need to put a polyurethane or something over the topcoat to protect it from abuse in my bathroom. Anyone have any suggestions?

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 09:42 PM

A couple of coats of a good quality latex enamel is a fine finish for your medicine cabinet. You probably should use the same paint as the trim work in the bathroom.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 07:25 PM

I haven’t heard about topcoating paint. I suppose it is done, but I’m
not aware of it as a woodworking thing.

When surfaces are properly prepared, paint usually sticks well to wood
and holds up well.

I think oil-based paints are more durable than latex, which is a little
rubbery, but tough when it dries. Latex takes bumps, kind of like
poly, as it is tough. In contrast I find oil paint harder, more brittle,
like lacquer.

These are subtle distinctions really. One thrill of painting is how easy
it is to repair.

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 11:09 PM

what finish is your latex paint? flat, satin, eggshell, semi-gloss, or gloss.

gloss, semi, and satin all have varying degrees of sheen. the more sheen the easier to keep clean also better at keeping out moisture and i’m assuming that this is in a bathroom. Good rule of thumb is any kind of cabinet in a bath and even a kithchen needs to be at least a satin, although i wouldn’t. gloss and semi gloss clean and wipe better. water condensation from a hot shower or bath will leave marks or dirt over time.

You can put a top coat over it. keep in mind most polyeurathanes are a yellowish color and add that to what ever you put it on. You can get a clear spray like spray paint, and i have used it to seal figures that were painted on a chiild’s footstool an toybox with no problems.

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