Painting Oak Cabinets to Cover Grain

jbaxMarch 2, 2010

Hello. I am wanting to paint my builder basic oak cabinets black and want them to have a smooth finish like that of painted maple, etc. I just don't want the grain to show.

I went to Home Depot and asked what I could do. The told me that all I had to do was use their new Behr product (primer + paint in one). I specifically asked him if this would conceal the grain and was assured, without a doubt, that it would. I bought a tester size and decided to try it on one cabinet door in my laundry room. After three coats, the grain still shows through.

What product can I use to cover the grain and give me that nice smooth finish? I have heard people suggest Wunderfil and some FPE Brushing Putty.

Any suggestions, advice, experiences?

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The person at Home Depot could not have been more wrong. This is a perfect example of the big boxes providing the exact opposite of the correct answer. We should never expect paint to have any ability to fill anything. There are high build primers on the market and even those have a limited ability to fill. If anything, paint with a sheen will highlight the grain instead of making it go away.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 9:25PM
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