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Old 09-25-2009, 01:00 PM   #1
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I know this is probably an old question, but I'm new to this forum. Can someone tell me what is the absolute best product to fill the grain of oak so that it can be painted with the least amount of mess? I'm doing an entire kitchen for someone, and have never painted oak before. Thanks

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Fill the grain?..I've never done that in 20 years of painting...It sounds like an almost impossible task...I'd just prime it with an oil primer/sealer/stain blocker like Bin shellac-based or Coverstain primer...I would guess that a wood filler might do it if you want to spend a ridiculous amount of time filling/sanding......Lepage has a good wood filler.

Try Insl-x "Cabinet Coat" as your paint..It's awesome.{but expensive}


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yeah you might as well buy new ones if youre gonna put all that time into it.
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There are grain fillers that are designed for that type of thing. It is an apply and the surface all the way down so the filler is only left in the pores and not on the surface. It is used more for furniture style finishing though, it would not be fun or easy to do on cabinets from what I have read.
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http://woodworker.com/cgi-bin/search...FSBN5Qodn3lx1w

You guys really dont fill the grain on cabinets when painting over them?
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I make sure that they are heavily primed and the grain has primer worked into it so they are not shadowed, but I have never used a pore filler to bring oak grain to completely flush before finishing.
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Well the thing about oak is, even if you get it all filled good, oak does not sand very smooth, there will hard and soft spots in the grain.It basicly is junk wood to make a painting project with.
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Yea, I agree about junk wood for painting. Its always an after thought. Or they are tired of looking at oak grain. I have painted it (once) without filling the grain as thats what the client wanted and it still had a nice look.
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Oak was never intended to be painted anyway. Why would you spend big bucks on oak trim to be painted? I don't get it.
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On oak I usually just paint the face frames and they get new doors. The guy who does the doors gets MDF pre made doors he gets them in and just primes and 2 coats of finish.
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Im guessing from the OP that its a re-finish project. There are wood grain fillers out there like someone already stated. I've seen them used, but never used it myself. From what I understand it's almost like skim coating a wall ( with the grain filler ) I cant see how this would be cost effective though, besides, I think that ( when done right ) oak cabinets can look really nice when painted.

Me personally, I would skip the filler, and paint them. The bits of grain that you can see look cool and adds character....It also antiques really well if you paint them white, then gel stain over them.
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ML Campbell paste wood filler. Thin with mineral spirits, spread onto the oak, allow to dry very thoroughly, sand to remove the excess.

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