Pre Finished Birch Plywood

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Forum topic by DavidATX posted 02-13-2014 03:00 AM 1154 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2014 03:00 AM

I have quite a bit of prefinished birch plywood leftover and I was thinking of adding some cabinets and building a vanity but I need to paint the exterior of the cabinets. Has anybody done this or what would be the best way to prep the surface? It is very smooth and I don’t want it to chip off of course. I was thinking a light sanding with 150 grit and a primer and final coat. Also, any suggestions on best brand paint for cabinetry would also be great. I have a simple Rockler HVLP and a wagner that does a good job. Thanks!

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#1 posted 04-21-2014 04:57 AM

I made all of my rolling shop carts out of birch. If you’re going to paint it I would sand to 220, primer, sand and then paint. Depending on how smooth of a finish you want you might do multiple coats of primer and paint sanding in between.

As for what kind of paint, I wouldn’t get the cheap paint… Last time I painted cabinets with my Wager HVLP, I used sherwin williams’ more expensive ProClassic. It sprayed on so much nicer and sanded and hardened much better than the cheap stuff you’ll get at a big box store. Plenty of paint manufactures have specialty cabinet paint that dries super hard but you’re going to be looking at $50+ per gallon.

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