Painting MDF

27 Apr 2004
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United Kingdom
I recently built out the inside of a cupboard with MDF shelving and having now painted it with gloss paint, the end finish is very rough.

Does any one have any tips for getting a smooth finish on MDF?

As it is, it doesn't matter for these shelves, but I was planning to make some doors out of mdf panels and paint them with gloss, so the finish is very important.

One point I thought, was that I didn't use a primer/base coat, just applied an extra coat of gloss. Would it make a difference to the finish if I did use a base coat/primer?

Thanks for any ideas
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You need to use this first to over come the problem you're having. I always use a fine wet/dry paper in soapy water for a smooth finish.

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