How To Finish Poplar Wood

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Poplar wood is one of the most used woods for the manufacture of any furniture or any wooden interiors because of its qualities. The softness and the ease with which you can work with poplar make it more useful. But until or unless you finish the wood, you don’t get the desired result which you want to see in any of your wooden product.
Finishing is basically the name given to the process of cleaning, polishing and embellishing the wooden surface. Generally, the process begins with the surface preparation which is done by sanding. Then you can continue with scrapping and then the irregularities or the nail holes in the wooden surface are filled using wood putty. The basic process of finishing remains the same but there are some wood varieties for which the process is tweaked for better results.
Poplar is one such wood which readily accepts and hold paint. But it does not go well with staining and the finish ends up being blotchy. The process of finishing poplar wood starts with the sanding or surface preparation. An 80 grit paper can be used to remove all the tool marks, pencil lines or any other mark which was made at the wooden surface at the time of measurement etc. You can follow that up with a 120 grit paper to smooth the surface. It is required because the 80-grit paper leaves scratches on the wooden surface. And finally you can finish the sanding process by using a 180-grit paper for a smooth finish.
Since the sanding would have left a lot of sanded material, you need to dust that using a tack cloth. A tack cloth is made from the cheesecloth which has the specialty of that being sticky because it was treated with resins to inculcate that property. Just make sure that while cleaning you turn the cloth inside out again and again so that the cloth does not get clogged with dust. After the sanding process, you can apply a brush of stain blocking primer on the poplar surface to remove discolorations in the wood. When choosing for a primer you can either go for oil based or a latex primer. Keep the poplar wood aside for some time so that it dries up.
Then use a 180-grit paper to make the surface a little rough so that the top coat of the finishing paint will stick better to the surface. Again use a tack cloth for cleaning and apply a final coat of finishing paint. Let the paint to completely dry so that you can apply a second coat. You will then have a finished poplar wood ready.

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