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If I wanted to do painted cabinets but made the carcass out of pre-finished plywood. What would I do with the ends that will show?

Or if I did a vanity or some other stand alone cabinet with pre-finished plywood, how would I do the ends to paint?

Would I use a one sided finished plywood or?
 

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You could either veneer the side that will show, or if doing raised panel doors, add a raised panel to the end. The veneered option lets you use either true veneer, or plywood, to cover the exposed edge.
 

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If I wanted to do painted cabinets but made the carcass out of pre-finished plywood. What would I do with the ends that will show?

Or if I did a vanity or some other stand alone cabinet with pre-finished plywood, how would I do the ends to paint?

Would I use a one sided finished plywood or?
One sided panels would be less expensive to start with. If not, scuff sand the finish and paint.




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I don't think it's the edges at issue

I have no experience with pre-finished plywood. I do know that you can't just finish one side and have it not warp.
If you want to paint over an existing finish, the paint must be compatible.
Check the specs to find out. Water base is probably the best and the most safe.
 

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not sure of the level of cabinets you're making. for higher end, you probably want to get a veneer on the plywood edge, before painting. i think a painted ply edge will show it's grain though the paint, if you don't mind that in this project. they have an "iron on" type that is fairly easy to apply with your wifes iron, and holds very well. i suspect the edge needs to be raw though, but not sure.

if you have a ts with a zero clearance insert, you could rip the face veneer off of some of the prefinished you have and glue it on.
 

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I think he is asking about the ends of the cabinet that are exposed to the public eye, not the plywood edge. I was using the pre finished 2 side ply and simply scuffed it up and painted it. Looks good to me.
 
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