Pre-Primed Hardwood Plywood Panels
Columbia Forest Products offers FirstStep®, pre-primed, ready-to-use hardwood
plywood panels. This labor-saving product eliminates one to two steps in the finishing
process (sealing and priming), thereby increasing your productivity and efficiency.
The panels are coated with low VOC primer that will help attain and maintain adhesion
of paint to the substrate. Your finished product will have a better final appearance
because any substrate defects will be masked, providing a smooth and uniform finish
coat. Just sand for smoothness, then paint!
Frequently Asked Questions
What items are available for priming (cores, veneers, thicknesses, sizes)?
All of Columbia's wood products offering are available for priming, limited to a
maximum size 4' x 8' panel and 1-1/4" thickness.
Will Columbia prime Custom Birch, Chinese, or other imports?
Yes. All primed import products will be Mill Run.
What is the chemical makeup of the primer?
It is a cross-linked water-based primer.
What type of coating is best to use with the FirstStep panel?
Water-based and solvent-based coatings are compatible with FirstStep. However, customers
should contact their current coatings supplier prior to use to determine compatibility
of this product. We can also make samples of FirstStep available for testing your
finish before ordering actual product.
Should FirstStep panels be sanded prior to the application of a topcoat?
Yes. FirstStep panels should be lightly sanded with 320 grit or finer sandpaper
to remove fiber pop, grit and roughness. Customers should not sand too aggressively
as they may sand through the primer and expose the raw wood. Customers should contact
their current coatings supplier prior to use to determine compatibility of this
Will there be shop allowable? What percentage will we allow? Will shop be separated?
Yes, there will be shop. Domestic products will allow up to 20% shop, and it will
be separated. All import products will be Mill Run, and shop will not be separated.
What colorations of FirstStep are available?
FirstStep primed panels are available in both beige and white colorations to complement
any primer job.
Are FirstStep panels available formaldehdye-free?
Yes, FirstStep primed panels are available with any core, including veneer-core
produced with PureBond® Formaldehyde-Free Technology.
Features and Benefits
- Reduction in labor time. Eliminates one
to two steps in the finishing process, increases productivity and efficiency.
- Reduced emissions. Lower VOC and HAPS
emissions; an environmentally responsible product.
- Better finished product appearance. Helps
attain and maintain adhesion of paint to substrate; masks defects in the substrate,
allowing the finish coat to be even and uniform. Minimum grain raise for a smoother
- Columbia quality control. Consistent quality;
a trusted product from trusted source.
- Regional finishing facility. Consistent
availability, prompt delivery.