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Manny

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Hi folks

I need some advice on surface preparation prior to painting a bookcase that I'm about to build.

The material I'm using is 25mm oak faced blockboard (that I bought at a bargain price), one surface has an oak veneer but the reverse looks the same as Brazilian ply - not too bad but not as good as birch.

So should I use grain filler first or do you think careful sanding and then primer/undercoat etc. will be good enough.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

John
 

Shady

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Depends on the effect you're after. Oak is a pretty open-grained wood, so if you don't fill, it'll be 'very characterful', rather than a smooth glossy finish. I'd try filling on a test piece to see.
 
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