The Best Ways to Paint and Seal Plywood


When it comes to finishing, plywood may be a particularly difficult material to work with, despite the fact that it is a reasonably affordable material to utilise. Plywood is simple to work with and can be fashioned into any form or dimension you choose, making it ideal for use in both the construction of simple floors and in the execution of other types of projects. However, it is made of wood, and wood readily absorbs any paint, primer, or sealer that you apply to it without the need for any further preparation. It is also possible for the surface to be somewhat rough, which makes it more difficult to get the smooth finish you need, but does not make it impossible.

  1. Sand the surface of your plywood, eliminating any rough places that you see. Sanding the wood before beginning the project can assist get rid of any snags that could appear after the first coat of paint has been applied. After you are through sanding, use the sticky cloth to remove any residue from the whole surface.

  2. The first coat of priming should be applied. Always make sure that the foundation of your primer and paint are the same, using either an oil base or a water base. Paint brushes and rollers should also be chosen that are appropriate for the sort of paint that will be used.

    You should begin by using your paint brush to apply the priming around the perimeter of your project. Put a painted border all the way around that is one to two inches wide. Using the roller, complete the application of the priming layer, making sure that you apply an even and thin coat over the whole surface. Let it dry fully before proceeding.

  3. Sand the primed plywood with sandpaper with a 320-grit grain to remove any parts of the plywood that may have risen when the primer was being painted on. Using the sticky cloth as in Step 1, wipe away any remaining residue.

  4. Apply a second layer of Primer to the project in the same manner as described in Step 2 above. Let it dry fully before proceeding. Examine the plywood for the presence of any further elevated regions, then sand those areas down as necessary. Utilizing the sticky cloth, remove any remaining residue once again.

  5. The first layer of paint should be applied beginning with the edges. Apply an equal layer around the perimeter of the space using the paint brushes. The width of the coat should be between two and three inches. Complete the painting of the project by using the roller, taking care to ensure that an even layer is applied to the whole surface. Please allow it to dry. If more paint is required, apply it now.

  6. It is recommended that a coat of polyurethane sealant be applied all over the project. After each coat of paint has been allowed to fully dry, apply the sealer in a uniform layer while following the directions provided. To prevent any flaws, you should wait at least two days before contacting the surface once it has dried.

    Things You Will Need

    • Plywood surface

    • Sandpaper (320 grit)

    • Tacky cloth

    • Primer (latex or oil)

    • Paint (latex or oil)

    • Paint brush

    • Paint roller

    • Polyurethane sealer


    If you are working on a floor, you may want to try putting the sealer on the floor and then spreading it using a trowel or a squeegee with a long handle.