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Old 12-30-2010, 01:25 PM   #1
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type of paint for poplar shelves


i have a set of small poplar shelves i am using for my entertainment system and would like to paint them.

Q1: which type of paint should i use?
Q2: is primer necessary?

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Hey Amakarevic,
I would defiantly prime the shelves first. Primer will help seal the wood and make it easier to paint. What color are you going to paint the shelves? I would us a high gloss interior paint (assuming the shelves will be inside). Using a foam roller you can get them nice and smooth. -Gregg

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i was gonna use some fancy color, maybe red or some variation thereof...

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You sound as though you have a little bit of a daring approach towards color. Use that approach to your favor and explore Minwax wild side color stains. They're not called wild side, but these are not your typical brown stains either but rather green stains, blue stains and red stains. Poplar although meant primarily to be painted is beautiful when stained. The grain patterns resemble that of walnut. If you painted the shelves you would probably use a latex enamel which is a relatively soft finish and you will find the books and other objects will mildly adhere to the finish. By staining the wood you would then finish them using a waterborne polyurethane and would be an extremely hard and durable finish. Mind you, this is only food for thought.

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I would prime with an oil base and paint with an alkyd, such as SW Proclassic.
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I would prime with an oil base and paint with an alkyd, such as SW Proclassic.
Housepaintingny is right on. Poplar has a tendency to turn green when primed with a water-based primer. A quality OIL-based primer will seal the wood properly & eliminate the potential for the green cast to show up.

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