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Posted on Yet, another question on finishing

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 07:38 PM

Unfortunately, I don’t remember exactly what brand of paint I used, but I used it straight from the can without thinning. While you can’t see too well in the photo, the grain shows beautifully on this oak plywood.

The problem with birch plywood is that it is much smoother, and paint is likely to hide the grain. I’m afraid, though, you might have that problem with any type of black finish you try. Your best bet here might be to do a little experimenting on scraps and see what you come up with. I’m not a big fan of Polyshades either, but it might work okay in black.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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