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Forum topic by phlyers posted 277 days ago 726 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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phlyers

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277 days ago

Looking for some opinions on what type of primer/paint for bare poplar. I’m looking for a smooth semi gloss finish. Should I be using an oil based primer and sanding after priming then adding the color?

I’m hoping to only have to apply 1 coat of the finish coat due to production reasons and from what i’m reading the oil based primers will promote good adhesion with minimal top coats.


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crank49

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#1 posted 277 days ago

Poplar is very paintable.
Any good primer/paint should work.
I don’t sand primer. That defeats the purpose of primer. It’s supposed to be something for the paint to grab on to.
If you want semi gloss that’s all the more reason to not sand.

An exception would be water base primer. I’d use two coats and sand the raised grain in between coats.

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 277 days ago

A waterborne acrylic wall/trim paint will meet your needs. No separate primer is necessary.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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phlyers

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#3 posted 277 days ago

Last night I just put a coat of flat white paint on a piece of scrap (no primer) it left a rough surface after it dried. Will an oil based primer eliminate the rough surface?

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Clint Searl

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#4 posted 277 days ago

The first coat of anything will leave a more or less rough surface because it will cause the exposed wood fibers to dry standing up. They’re called nibs. They need to be eliminated by sanding with a fine abrasive. I use either 220 drywall sanding screen or maroon scotchbrite. The second coat will dry smooth.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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JayCop

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#5 posted 277 days ago

Consider raising the grain by spraying a light mist of water on the project and sanding with your last grit of sand paper before finishing. Make sure you let it dry all the way so it doesn’t just load your sand paper.

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lazyoakfarm

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#6 posted 276 days ago

I’m always looking for something better but my last project I used Zinsser BIN primer. I had a little chipping on the sharp edges for some reason. I will round the edges a little more next time. I did lightly sand it because it felt very rough and i wanted a smooth finish. The color coat was Sherwin Williams Proclassic water based. Good stuff! Add some Flowtrol to help level it. I then used a glaze and a top coat of General Finishes Performance. I don’t think you will find a better top coat than this stuff. It is silky smooth like a rose pedal. Its only been on for a couple of months so I cant tell you how it holds up on kitchen cabinets. So far its great.

I sprayed everything but the glaze. It was applied with a rag of course. I used the General Finishes Glaze, but I found it dried way too quick and it was difficult to keep a semi uniform look between cabinet doors. I wanted to use an oil, but didn’t know if I could use the Performance over the top of the oil.

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hansman1982

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#7 posted 276 days ago

“Consider raising the grain by spraying a light mist of water on the project and sanding with your last grit of sand paper before finishing. Make sure you let it dry all the way so it doesn’t just load your sand paper.”

I’d wait until you have some sort of other surface built up on the wood before you sand away the raised grain, otherwise you are just cutting other wood fibers to be raised. My best success with pine has been to wait until I put on my first coat of polyurethane and then sand it down.

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cutworm

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#8 posted 276 days ago

I like the General Finishes Milk Paint. No primer needed. I have used it several times now and really like it. Water borne and dries fast.

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redSLED

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#9 posted 276 days ago

What’s with all the poplar threads lately? Just saying.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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hansman1982

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#10 posted 276 days ago

Poplar is popular?

Hahaha I am clever.

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phlyers

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#11 posted 276 days ago

At $1.25 a BF it’s “popular” with me!

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