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What is the best type of paint for poplar face frame cabinets with ac plywood sides?
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The 'best'? I dunno. I use latex and am happy with the results.

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Hello Phil, welcome to the forum,
Oil based or latex paints both work well on Poplar wood, sand well and undercoat.

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What is the best type of paint for poplar face frame cabinets with ac plywood sides?
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Poplar is renowned for it's ability to take paint well. It is commonly the wood stock of choice when building woodworking projects that will be painted
Of course staining Poplar is another matter. For staining, you have to prep it so it doesn't turn out blotchy.

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Anyone try sun bleaching the green poplar wood? I had read that it will turn tan like the rest of the wood.

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If you are looking for a professional finish then I would go with this:

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If you plan on doing just a regular paint job then be sure to use a 100% acrylic paint and not your run of the mill latex paint. Latex (such as your would use on trim) is too soft and you will end up with a nasty finish. One other thing is be sure to spray the finish. If you don't have a spray gun then rent one. You only get one shot at a good base so don't mess it up with brush strokes.
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What brand of HVLP sprayer should I use?
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Before you spend a lot of cash on a sprayer it would be worth your while to try a quality brush and the cleaning devices that keep it working. Many people ignore the instructions and throw away the wrapper from these brushes... what a mistake. After the brush has been cleaned the wrapper keeps the brush in its proper shape as it dries.

Purdy brushes are top quality and made in the USA.
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