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made some mdf cabinets..whats the best way to combat using an excess amount of paint

marley_111's picture

just made some shelves/cabinet and ive used mdf before i know the edges will drink up alot of paint short of priming with a couple of coats,what is the best method to stop this?

Apply wood glue to the edges-cuts-routs. (post #190276, reply #1 of 5)

Either thin slightly or try full strength-white or yellow wood glue and paint that on the edges.  Run a sand block over it when dry and paint it.

You don't want it to be too thick when applying.-

best of luck.

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your mistake was using mdf  (post #190276, reply #2 of 5)

your mistake was using mdf  -- good only for carpet underlay or landfill

now that you have already used mdf,

do like cal said,

or prime edge with oil based,

or give the mess to goodwill and start over

MDF makes nice shelves, being (post #190276, reply #3 of 5)

MDF makes nice shelves, being using it for many years. A good coat of primer is all you need followed by some good latex interior semi-gloss.

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mdf shelves (post #190276, reply #4 of 5)

thanks,i will try that out.

Shelves with MDF (post #190276, reply #5 of 5)

This is really nice tip and easy for implemantation too. one of my fried use the same technique to paint shelves and she is happy with it.

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