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Painting oak cabinet8/5
I have been doing a lot of painting on older kitchen cabinets mostly maple
I would suggest a 2K (urethane)auto primer
2 coats of Clawlock or the MLC waterborne primer(mud like) will fill those grainy lines.
You will need to sand it back after the first coat.
Have you tried filling the grain with Aqua Coat Grain Filler?
I do and have done this 2-5 times a year over the past 10 years (either when the the original pre-cat job starts to fail or a new home owners want to update the look of the kitchen and still stay with-in their budget). What I've learned is; filling the open grain is not hard, a brush coat of pigmented shellac then a coat of WB primer/surfacer will do it. Getting a flat surface where the grain profile will not be visible through the finish is not so easy. The good news is most customers (95%) understand and are fine with a little wood grain showing through. For those who don't; run away as fast as you can!
Thanks for all the replies