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Painting MDF Alcove and Wardrobe Units

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Johnsmith, 27 Jun 2006.

  1. Johnsmith

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    Hi, I'm having a carpenter build some MDF Alcove and Wardrobe Units for me (you know the type of thing - every Victorian or similar house in the whole of the UK seems to have them - apart from mine). And I get the lucky job of painting them this weekend (not at 4pm on Saturday, though ;) ) and probably next too.

    Does anyone have any tips or come across a useful website explaining which paint to use, whether brush or roller is best and the best method for painting?

    Thanks very much in advance.
     
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    I would go for a oil based primer...slightly thinned out first...water based primers can raise the grain of some types of MDF.

    Given that the surface is very flat, ut wil show up any blemishes...so a foam radiator roller is great for getitng a nice even finish.

    Rub down between each coat with fine wet an dry paper or 120 grade aluminium oxide paper.

    You can use anything really as a finish coat..but bear in mind shiny surfaces can sometimes look a bit cheap looking..
     
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    Any idea as to the order in which I do the panels? I assume I don't just approach it in bish-bash-bosh style?
     
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    Do the panels first..but make sure you dont over brush onto the face of the doors themselves...keep a bit of rag at hand to wipe the access off.
     
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    Now, at the risk of sounding a bit gormless:
    1. How do I think down oil based primer? Water??
    2. Can you recommend anything (nothing fancy - perhaps just something from the screwfix catalogue?) on the primer front
    3. How about a paint that I could use?
    4. I assume I dont need to sand after the primer coat? Won't it just be absorbed?
    5. Finally, seeing as I cant find my trusted Collins DIY manual anymore, have you seen any literature that I cvan have handy on the order in which to do the panels? I remember when I penated my sashes that they were really complicated?

    Cheers, much appreacited.
     
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    1. White spirit

    2. Thinned out undercoat or oil based wood primer

    3. ?

    4. No..you must sand after the primer...this is crucial to flatten any furing

    5. Its difficult to say mate without seeing the doors/panels themselves..but as a general rule...panels, first..then work you way downpainting each piece as if it was constructed from seperate parts...like an old fashioned door.
     
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