painting Birch plywood

I have some Birch plywood pieces that are going to be painted. I want a professional finished surface, something you would see in a furniture store perhaps.
Do I prime first, and then paint?
Do I sand between coats, and if so, what's the process and what grit do I use?
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Prime, lightly sand and then paint.

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Use some spackle on any depressions or voids. sand lightly then prime (use paint additive,can be purchased at hd) then paint using roller or better yet spray.
good luck
Len

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rolsonDesign wrote:

Sand 220 Prime Sand 220 If necessary (sanded through primer) prime and sand again Paint Sand 220 Paint again
I did this on a Poplar project with an automotive sprayer and the paint was silky smooth without thining. Overspray is a _big_ problem with these sprayers.
You can also get a smooth finish with a high quality roller purchased at a paint store (if they have more than one cash register you're in the wrong store).
Don't cheap out on the paint either, I have been able to get a very smooth finish using a brush and Muralo paint purchased at a Benjamin Moore store. I'm sure Sherwin Williams or Pittsburgh also have a high end paint that will give you a nice finish.
One last thing that I have heard but never tried is mixing BLO with an oil-based paint to get a smooth finish.
Best bet is use the roller and do a lot of sanding.
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