I learned from my first outdoor project that plywood doors painted on
one side will warp when it rains.
But what about indoor bookcases in a climate where the humidity is
moderate most of the time (SF Bay Area)? This installation is three
built-in bays, sitting on a base and screwed to a wood wall. The outside
surfaces and edges of the boxes will be hidden by trim. I don't want to
paint more than I have to but I don't want warped cases in a few years.
Thanks in advance for advice.
Thanks all for the advice. I will paint everything that isn't glued.
By the way, I talked to my local paint store about latex and sticking
books. They said that Benjamen Moore _exterior_ latex will work fine,
but it needs 30 days to fully cure. It may be different with other
I try to paint/varnish when the air is dry or dry-ish but as much as I like
painting some things I've gotten into the habit of using polyacrylic over
acrylic. (I write acrylic because I think very few paints are still latex.
Most if not all paints are now acrylic or acrylic-latex.) Anyway, a couple
of coats of polyacrylic over paint gives you look of paint with the
protection and good attributes of polyacrylic.
I asked Jeff Jewitt that question regarding a chest I was making. Did I
have to use the same finish inside as outside. I was using a hybrid Target
varnish on the outside but wanted something odorless (shellac) for the
inside. He said no problem. He said the only time he worries about finishing
both sides of a unit the same is when the piece receives minimum support
such as a table leaf. JG
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