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Forum topic by Steve posted 09-03-2018 03:30 PM 472 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2018 03:30 PM

Looking for some advice on paint for some shelves for a closet. Wife wants to paint them white. I trimmed them out with pine, so don’t have to worry about the edges. Wondering if I can just use the leftover paint from the baseboards? Thanks for any advice.


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#1 posted 09-03-2018 03:43 PM

Depends on what you used to paint the baseboard. If it’s just wall paint, it may have a property called “blocking”. This is when objects in contact with the paint actually stick to it, either holding them in place, or peeling the paint off when you pick them up. If the baseboard paint is an oil based paint, it may leave an odor in the closet for a while (but probably won’t have the blocking issue. The best choice (and maybe what you used on the baseboards) would be a 100% acrylic paint. it will be relatively odor free, dry quickly, and not have the blocking attributes.

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#2 posted 09-03-2018 04:09 PM

I used a Sherwin Williams SuperPaint Semi-Gloss extra white on the baseboards and the trim

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#3 posted 09-03-2018 05:06 PM

The answer is yes. Don’t over analyze. I just built a new house and used the same latex trim paint for a pantry, crown molding, base boards, window and door casing and closet shelves. I believe it was the same product you are using. It was definitely Sherwin Williams. There was no problem. You just have to let the paint cure thoroughly.

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#4 posted 09-03-2018 06:01 PM

Thanks for the confirmation. My buddy wanted me to prime first, but I don’t feel like buying another gallon of primer and then having to store it afterwards. Trying to get out of these shelves for cheap and use what I have on hand for supplies.

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#5 posted 09-03-2018 07:51 PM

Sherwin Williams told me that all their paint is 100% acrylic, so you should be good to go.

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#6 posted 09-04-2018 04:38 AM

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#7 posted 09-04-2018 04:36 PM

I’d be tempted to spot prime with something shellac based if the plywood had any knots, but it’s a closet shelf. You’re only ever going to see the edge anyway.

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#8 posted 09-04-2018 09:00 PM

Give the wood a coat of shellac followed by a latex paint. The shellac will hide any wood grain.

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