I have been doing a lot of painting on older kitchen cabinets mostly maple
But I do have a oak kitchen to paint and I want to cover /seal the grain as much as possible
I know that some people claim that they've done it but I have seen it and I can still see the grain
What is my best choice?
I will be using Ml Campbell product
I like their white vinyl primer
But I never used it on open poar like oak
What would you suggest?
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!
I stick with WBs (except for the pigmented shellac) for this application for 2 reasons; the home is occupied or to insure my finish system is compatible with what's on the cabs already.
My typical finish schedule would be...
remove doors & drawer fronts and take to the shop
brush on a coat of bin on the face frames, spray-on in the shop
if needed...spray-on a coat of primer/surfacer
sand well and dust off
spray-on 2 finish coats
rehang doors and drawer fronts
I'm a 1 man shop and I start these jobs on a Monday and work like hell to have it all put back together at the end of the day on Friday. The transporting, masking and rehanging of doors and drawer fronts seem to take the longest time and most effort.
Thanks for all the replies
So is waterborne better in " filling" open grain?
I was thinking of using clawlock but worrying about using post cat on something that I'm not sure what's been used
I am going to sand and clean the surface but not going to bare wood
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