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I have used poplar face frames and doors for the last couple of painted projects I have done. I have sprayed the projects with a Zissner waterbased primer and waterbased topcoat. It seems that the grain of the poplar raises quite a bit and it is very hard to get a perfectly smooth "grainless finish."
I was thinking of using soft maple on the next set of Kitchen cabinets I am starting soon. Is maple easier to get a good painted finish? The price difference is nominal.
I am spraying the cabinets with a four stage HVLP. Any primer/topcoat recommendations are welcome. I've been looking at Target and Enduro. I will be finishing the cabinets in white and want something durable and non-yellowing. Also, does anyone think a waterbased poly clear coat is worth it?
Edited 8/28/2007 4:44 pm ET by gcg