HI. I have another question. I want to replace our old flat slab interior doors with stock 6-panel composite, pre-primed doors. I HATE that fake looking wood-grain texture they put on it, though. If I laid them flat and applied a high-build primer (like KILZ makes), would it fill in the wood grain to help minimize it or eliminate it? Just wondering if anyone has experience with this before I waste my money and time experimenting. Thanks!
If I'm not mistaken the fake wood graining is pretty deep. You could try spraying several coats of cover stain and then sand it down. For the amount of time and $$$ it would take to do this you're probably better off finding doors from another manufacturer that meet the spec you want.
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I have some experience painting oak trim. As you know, oak trim has deep grain too. While there are lots avenues possible, I've found success using SW easy sand primer to fill the grain. From what I understand, it has a high solids volume so works well for that application.
I sprayed it with my HVLP because I didn't want to put oil based paint through my airless. Although it worked, I wouldn't do it again because I had to thin it so much,which made me have to put on multiple coats.
Since it's easy sand, it's very forgivable if you brush it. Takes longer, yes but unless you have a dedicated oil sprayer its a good option.
Post by Jack Pauhl on Oct 30, 2016 10:36:14 GMT -5
Smooth 6 panel doors are available. A lot less hassle. It would take a very heavy build and maybe even two to hide that fake oak grain on 6 panel pre-primed mdf.
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Thanks Jack Pauhl and pnwpainter. The smooth-texture 6-panel doors are twice as expensive as the in stock wood-grain texture ones, unfortunately! I need about 32 of them, so it adds up, LOL! I don't need to eliminate the wood grain entirely--just minimizing it would be ok. To me, that fake wood grain screams, "cheap builder grade mdf door", because most painted, REAL wood doors are smooth textured (not much wood grain showing) when painted!! I imagine that having a wood grain texture allows the manufacturer to disguise any imperfections in the surface and is easier to produce (and builders probably like it because the texture hides imperfections in the paint job, as well!) Thanks!