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Old 04-10-2008, 09:44 AM   #1
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Painting wood closet shelves

I have been reading several posts, and I think I have my answer but I want confirmation and comments. I am painting closet shelves and trim, and I would like to use the same material on both, if possible. The shelves are 12 inch wide pine shelves (some painted already and some not), and I would take suggestions if there is better shelving material but I need 12 foot long sections. I was planning to prime with Bulls Eye 1-2-3 waterborne primer and then paint with SW Proclassic interior acrylic gloss enamel. On some other forums, I have read that with using anything but oil, I will have the “sticky” shelf syndrome. Please advise on all. The SW Proclassic oil is the best paint I have ever used, smooth and no brush marks but I hate the cleanup of oil. Thanks for you help, and by the way, this is a real useful forum.


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Old 04-10-2008, 10:15 PM   #2
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That "sticky" problem is when people use cheap or "wall" paint for shelving
You should not get it at all with properly applied and cured Pro Classic
It IS the proper coating for something like this


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Properly cured Waterbourne ProClassic will do just fine. Just wait a couple of weeks before loading up the shelves. It cures hard as a rock and is not sticky. I use it and have had no sticking issues.

I suspect all those on-line articles were written before the two major Waterbourne enamels (SW ProClassic or BM Impervo) became popular, or they are written by painters that haven't tried them. Certainly don't use wall paint on shelving, but ProClassic or Impervo will be great. (Behr "Enamel" isn't what we had in mind. I know you weren't going to use it, but that is for the benefit of others that might read this thread.)

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