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890763 11-22-2012 06:21 PM

How do I prime and paint a pine wood toolbox?
I made a toolbox of pine. the outsides had been sanded but what type of primer and paint do I use?

joecaption 11-22-2012 06:31 PM

I'd concider using an oil based primer and an enamel paint.
Reason being enamel is a really tough paint and will hold up to being wiped done well.

user1007 11-22-2012 07:36 PM

You should use a sanding sealer and then a primer on pine---or a combination product. A tried and proven sealer for pine is 1:1 PROCESSED (not raw) lindseed oil and a solvent like paint thinner or mineral spirits. You just have to wait out the solvent evaporating and do a light sanding before putting on your enamel underlay primer. Finish with two coats of finish.

Something like Ben Moore's porch, floor and patio paint would give you good factory color choices (or a custom mix) and the oil based product comes with urethane reinforcement and the waterbased with epoxy reinforcement. The paint might hold up better to tools nicking it than standard exterior or interior paints.

I saw a custom toolbox with truck bed liner sprayed on the interior and I bet that held up pretty well. A local place that does truck liners would probably do your toolbox interior for next to nothing when they were doing a larger project? I suspect an auto supply store sells the stuff in some form too?

Brushjockey 11-22-2012 08:10 PM

For a tool box I would go with a stain finish- won't show the abuse so much.

poppameth 11-23-2012 05:53 AM

I usually hit pine with a shellac sanding sealer to keep the knots from bleeding. Then follow up with oil primer and paint. Urethane oils like porch paint and industrial enamel will hold up best.

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