????Paint or Stain??????

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Project by indplswoodworking posted 02-16-2014 10:38 PM 2101 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up the carcass of this project. I will be making this completely out of Atlantic Birch plywood and edge-banding anyone the exposed surfaces. This is destined for a walk-in closet and more of a contemporary look but having difficulty figuring out if I should paint or stain it! It is designed to maximize a full sheet of 48×96 plywood. Now its time to make it pretty!!


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#1 posted 02-16-2014 10:49 PM

Any imperfections show up more with paint than they do with stain.
But that does not look like a hardwood ply, more like pine, so stain will be splotchy, unless you use a gel stain.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 02-16-2014 11:32 PM

For contemporary projects, I roll on black, white or grey paint with a very short nap roller. The wood grain is still visible, with the paint giving an even and contemporary appearance. See my audio cabinet project post for an example. Just my 2 cents, now I’m broke.

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 12:36 AM

I love Birch ply and often just use a clear finish on it to keep its NATURAL beauty : )
Not a big fan of stains (as in trying to make one species look like something else).
Might as well paint it at that point. JMHO : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 12:57 AM

A couple coats satin clear will look good on this and will not show scuffs and marks from regular use
It’s too much work to hand paint and try and get a finished look for what you get out of it
If i did paint i would set up to spray each component with a laquer so it looks factory
great job by the way!

-- Greg Simon

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#5 posted 02-17-2014 12:59 AM

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#6 posted 02-17-2014 02:58 AM

My Dad always said, “You can always paint over stain, but, it’s hard to stain over paint.” Like the others, I like the look of a clear finish. You have a great beginning on your project, be sure to post pics to let us see the end result.

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#7 posted 02-17-2014 02:00 PM

My #1 rule – NEVER paint anything.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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