Priming Cabinet Grade Plywood.... On one Side

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Forum topic by Logan Windram posted 01-23-2012 02:05 AM 1572 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Logan Windram

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01-23-2012 02:05 AM

So i am working on a built-in for under our basement stairs, and I used Cabinet grade plywood for the carcass and was planning to just paint the interior of the box white…. So I primed the pieces and plan to paint before put it together, and there is about 1/16 of an inch cup to the parts….

So do I have to prime the outside of the parts as well??? I have never painted plywood before…. Never really had to…

I don’t work with sheet materials to often, it was hard to even find 4×8 sheets that were not warped because of the way the we’re stored at the retailers…


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#1 posted 01-23-2012 02:15 AM

As long as you have tools and clamps to get mildly cupped
carcase panels to assemble tightly, I see no problem with
painting one surface.

If using MDF or ply for slab doors or other unsupported panels
however it is essential to finish or laminate both sides.

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Logan Windram

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 02:24 AM

Loren, thank you…

I have cabinet clamps so I will be able to get the tightly assembled, and I built this with the cabinet design in mind… So I have a face frame to go on the piece and will use that for the drawer slides, like a typical cabinet…

The doors will be made out of real wood, probably a poplar since the doors will be painted white as well…. I feel much more comfortable using wood rather than sheet goods….

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#3 posted 01-23-2012 03:37 AM

IT all depends on wether or not there is a possibility of exposure to moisture. In most cases I won’t back prime a cabinet, that is unless it’s the sink base, next to the sink base or next to the dishwasher, or next to a refrigerator, or even maybe a stove, what that’s all the bases isn’t it lol.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 03:43 AM

Thats why I assemble my cabinets then paint them. It may be a little tougher, but things don’t move..


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