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Old 08-13-2009, 05:26 PM
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You could buy paintable edgebanding. Apply it and then paint it. It will hide everything. At my cabinet shop we use it a lot on MDF, PB, PLYWOOD and it works very well and the finished product allways looks great. We have a automated edgebander so it's pretty fast and easy. For someone who would have to apply it by hand, it may add extra labor time.
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Nothing could be more "super" than sending it to Chris to have a professional edge put on by his super machine.
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Banding rounded edges?
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Banding rounded edges?

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Default Re: Painting plywood edges?

How about using the top of the line filler that is thinned down with acetone? A autobody paint store owner told me that I could spray the filler that was thinned with acetone. You could brush it as well and have plenty of ventilation. The filler sands nice too.
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Many years ago (about 40), when I was young and foolish and had very little money, I built a shelf/cabinet system for my apartment out of a utility grade of fir ply. I had the plywood cut to size (more or less) by the lumber yard. My only power tool was a 1/4 hp little Stanley Handyman router, which I used with a 1/4" straight bit to cut dadoes for the shelves.

Anyway, to prepare for painting, I used a pre-mixed vinyl spackle. I sanded it well, then sealed it with FirZite which was a clear, wipe-on finish, probably something like Danish Oil. (The finish left the spackle almost transparent.) Then I put on a second (and sometimes a third) coat to fill the edges and defects in the face of the plywood. It went pretty quickly, and the resulting paint job looked quite good -- no sign of the layers of the plywood. I saw the units much later -- after about 5 years in my apartment and 5 or 10 years in another family's child's room, and the paint job still looked fine.

A concern I have about using edging is that if the glue fails somewhere, you have a real mess on your hands.

Another time I filled plywood edges this way was when I built a clavichord from a kit. The sides of the case were walnut plywood, and the kit had a roll of iron-on walnut veneer tape. I decided not to use the tape, and filled the edges carefully with spackle. I used a wipe-on finish on both on the faces of the plywood and on the edge. Then I carefully painted the edge with a nice gold paint. It wound up looking quite elegant, and reasonably appropriate for a period-type of keyboard instrument.

I would be comfortable using a primer instead of the wipe-on finish.

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