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    I am looking for suggestions as to what kind of paint to use. I use the cheap acrylic craft paints like you get at walmart. The good things about these paints are they are cheap, great choice of colors, fast drying, good glue and poly adhesion, and easy clean up. What I do not like about these paints is the rough feel they leave on the wood. Is there a good alternative? ? thanks dan

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    Hey Dan, the paints you are using are water based. They will raise the grain of the wood which is the roughness you feel. It's common practice to sand the piece after the first coat to remove the raised grain. Use a high grit sandpaper like 1200-1500 grit. After sanding the first coat, you should be able to apply more coats with out sanding again.
    Dan in So.Ca.

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    • #3
      A light sanding will smooth out some items. Know that is not always the solution though. I have wet some items down good, let dry, sanded and then painted. This helps some. There are some clear overcoats that can be put on. Just got some yesterday and waiting to try them
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      • #4
        what I do is spray the parts with shellac first.the light sand before I paint. or just spray with flat white paint as a primer,.

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        • #5
          if you don't have 1200 grit sandpaper, use a brown paper bag wrinkled. I use this all the time. It smooths the paint and I usually don't have to repaint. When I paint that is.
          Betty

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wjbclocks1 View Post
            what I do is spray the parts with shellac first.the light sand before I paint. or just spray with flat white paint as a primer,.
            I also seal/prime first with clear shellac. Works well.
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            • #7
              I dip my stuff in 50/50 mixture of Zinsser Seal coat sanding sealer and alcohol then a light sanding and paint.
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              • #8
                thanks for the replies, after spraying with 2 heavy coats of polyurethane it looks fine.

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