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I'm installing some new wooden "Shaker" style doors on some cabinets I made.  The doors are made of poplar.  I have a number of questions, like can I use one of the latex paints with primer included, or should I use a separate primer or sealer?  Will latex enamel raise the grain?  Will a sealer coat (like Minwax Sealer) prevent the grain raising?  Would an oil based paint be better for this application?  Would spraying the doors with a small airless sprayer be a good option?  Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

Using an oil based primer would be best. oil based finish coats are more resistant to wear but amber after time, waterborne coatings remain true (color) and will not raise grain with an oil primer but not as hard. I'm not sold on primer/finish in 1 coat yet. You can use your airless with a fine finish tip or just brush the doors with a natural bristle brush (oil paint) after slightly thinning the material (10-15%). Best brush is a Corona brand with ox hair/natural bristle blend.

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Joseph Dutra


Specializing in problem solving paint issues with new construction and restorative coatings. I am familiar with most brands and also specialty products.


I started painting in 1979 followed by forming my own company in 1983. I have been working with both residential and commercial projects and enjoy both. Recently (4 years ago) I opened a shop in Pacific Grove, specializing in cabinet, door, and window finishes for new construction.

High school diploma

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