Apr 12, 2007

Painting Poplar

sanding poplar Poplar trim is often used in the new home market alongside man-made hybrid trim products such as finger-jointed pine or MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard). Poplar is a difficult wood to achieve gloss finishes on due to its porosity which acts like a sponge. Oil-based primers are recommended over latex or acrylic primers for poplar. Generally one coat of an oil-based primer and 2 coats of acrylic semi-gloss paint will not produce a uniform gloss appearance.

One solution for producing nice results on poplar is using two coats of primer and two finish coats. I recommend an oil-based primer such as Zinsser Bulls Eye High Hide Odorless. Apply a slightly reduced coat of primer to the bare wood and let dry, then sand thoroughly. The reduced coat will allow the primer to penetrate the wood fibers better, raising the grain nicely to sand smooth with intent to remove any brush marks.

The second coat of primer will provide a solid undercoat for gloss finishes. If the first coat of primer is properly sanded, the second coat of primer may only need a very light sanding.

Alternative Solution
A waterbased primer that works great on poplar is Zinsser PRIMECOAT2

1 comment:

Grant and Marg Kottelenberg said...

Will poplar work well if you are going for a matte finish? We are thinking of using it on the ceiling of our sunroom.