Painting unfinished oak cabinets

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Old 01-22-03, 09:06 AM
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Painting unfinished oak cabinets

I need to paint some unfinished oak cabinets for a kitchen. What can I do to prep the oak to seal the grain so it doesn't show through? Also, what type of primer and paint would be recommended for this application? Thank you for your help.
 
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Old 01-22-03, 10:54 AM
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What do you mean by "seal the grain"? Do you want the surface smooth? As in fill the pores in the oak?
 
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Old 01-22-03, 01:27 PM
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Yes, I want a smooth finish when I am done.

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Old 01-22-03, 05:00 PM
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It helps to start with a smooth wood.

Fill the grain with a wood filler made for that purpose. After it dries, lightly sand it and apply a coat of sanding sealer. This is made for the express purpose of being able to easily sand to a smooth finish. Then apply the compatible primer for your finish paint. Zinsser makes an excellent primer for most any finish paint. Remember, poor quality products make for poor results.
 
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Old 01-22-03, 05:25 PM
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Paste wood filler. Behlens makes it. I think they have a water base and I know they have an oil base. http://www.thebestthings.com/newtools/finishing.htm
 
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