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Grain Removal: PlasticWood vs CrystaLac?

Hello all. I am redoing my kitchen cabinets. A few questions about getting a nice smooth finish:

1) I cant find CrystaLac locally. Can I get away with applying PlasticWood or should I just order CrystaLac online? I am not sure which is really best to get into the grain to sand to a nice smooth look for painting.

2) I did a few coats of paint to try to get a smooth look, but even after resanding and repainting much grain is still there. Can I just sand the top coat, apply one of these fillers, sand, and repaint? Or should I sand back down to the wood?

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Before doing anything you should first do a thorough cleaning of the cabinets with detergent and a wax and grease remover. Cooking oils light enough you can't feel can cause the new finish to peal off. Even skin oils from handling can cause adhesion problems.

Since you are going over finished wood I would fill the grain with bondo. Use a broad knife and spread it as thin as you can and sand it with an orbital sander. Try not to sand too much or you will bring the grain back.

If the cabinets have a lacquer finish on them you could use a lacquer primer to fill the grain. A couple coats sanding between coats should do it.
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Before doing anything you should first do a thorough cleaning of the cabinets with detergent and a wax and grease remover. Cooking oils light enough you can't feel can cause the new finish to peal off. Even skin oils from handling can cause adhesion problems.

Since you are going over finished wood I would fill the grain with bondo. Use a broad knife and spread it as thin as you can and sand it with an orbital sander. Try not to sand too much or you will bring the grain back.

If the cabinets have a lacquer finish on them you could use a lacquer primer to fill the grain. A couple coats sanding between coats should do it.
Ya yes Ive been cleaning the cabinets first then sanding down to bare wood and then applying paint. The old paint is pretty bad and some doors have flaking paint, so Ive decided to just start from scratch.

But I had painted 2 doors already with Behr laytex paint and thats when we decided we would really like to try that smoother look. I still have another 15+ cabinet doors to go. I just never thought about using regular bondo for the job!

Alright so for the first 2 cabinets Ive done I'll sand, bondo, sand, then paint again. And for the other cabinets I havent touched I'll sand down to wood, bondo, sand, then finally paint. Thx and Im hoping for the best.
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