Finishing radiator covers

26 Mar 2011
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I've been doing a project on and off for about 2 months now, crafting some radiator covers (bit like the ones on but better looking). To be honest it's ended up costing me a bit more oney than it would have done buying them, but as they say the journey is more important than the destination!

Anyway I'm on the final stages of finishing, but hoping some can advise me on the best way of doing this? The covers are made of MDF, but as is their nature, they will be close to a heat source, so the paint etc needs to be appropriate for this use. Any ideas?
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heeellloo and welcome nicknack
you will never be cheaper because they buy by the ship load get it half or less than you pay and use cmc /multi prossess machines that produce a full component every 2 or 3 mins lol
but the building yourself is a lot more fun

as for treating just make sure you coat both sides equally to stop cupping

if you look in this picture you can see the pine frame top from a radiator cover behind the motor off the flip saw

as i say mdf wont move much if treated or not
in general pine will also remain fairly stable as its a full structure so cupping and twisting is greatly restricted
Just use a satin finish on mine , no problems as mdf does not warp with heat as it's already oven dried.
found it much cheaper than ready made this cost about £7.

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