MDF- to paint or stain, that is the question

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Forum topic by rickf16 posted 02-03-2010 07:01 PM 2509 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2010 07:01 PM

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Have a project in the works. Will be using 1/4 MDF for slats and a middle shelf. What is better; to use the same stain as on the case or match a paint to the stain? Any help is appreciated.

-- Rick

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 07:13 PM

As the MDF does not stain the same as the wood I would recommend match a paint to the stain.

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#2 posted 02-03-2010 07:26 PM

I’ve never done it, but my gut instinct tells me that stain is so thin it would immediately soak into the MDF and cause it to swell.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 07:53 AM

Paint the whole thing

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#4 posted 02-04-2010 08:08 AM

Before I knew any better I tried staining MDF….it did not go well….paint is the way to go.

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#5 posted 02-04-2010 07:02 PM

Paint 4 stain 0. Think that about settles it. I didn’t think staining MDF would be a wise choice, but I had to ask the experts. Thanks for your help.

-- Rick

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