Plywood - does it paint well?


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My father wants a garbage unit in the kitchen. He wants the base white (matches the molding) and the top a maple butcher block.

I am thinking of using birch plywood. Does it paint well? Any tips or tricks? What type of paint to use? Do I have to edge band or can I paint right over the raw edge?

my alternative route was to make out of pine or oak but I like working with sheet goods.

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Sure, it paints just fine and birch will get the job done no problem. You can paint the raw edges provided you a.) use high quality, void-free plywood, b.) use a very fine plywood blade, c.) sand thoroughly and, d.) be prepared that it'll take a few more coats to get past the uneven absorption of end and face grain. Or you could just use end banding.

Any paint will stick to plywood just fine. If you're trying to match an existing trim in this kitchen, just use what is already there.

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It depends on the end result your looking for. If your looking for the painted plywood look then it paints well. If your looking to match the smooth look of newer white mdf type cabinets then you need to do more work. What end result are you going for?

Don

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Plywood, just use a grain filler. For the edges you can band in hardwood or even use hot glue on veneer. Use grain filler on all surfaces, then more grain filler, then prime with grey automotive primer then paint. If you can spray then it will be smoother. I started dong that "California white lacquer" furniture a few years ago and the customers seem pretty happy with the piano finish.

Don

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