Painting Plywood: A How-to Guide to Getting a Great Finish

Paint roller on plywood sheet
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Painting plywood gives it a satisfying smooth finish that can blend it into any room in the home. Plywood is versatile, cost-effective and a great choice for a whole host of DIY projects. 

It can be used as flooring, the basis for roofing, as a wall cladding material (depending on the grade), building your own furniture and cabinets and pretty much any other project you might be working on.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.