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    I did a search and really did not find anything specific to my questions.

    I am doing a small project with 3/4 mdf.
    I want to paint it and I know just using a can of spray paint will end up as a poor result.
    I did read about priming but not much else.
    What type of primer do you suggest? I do have some "KILZ" and I wonder if that would work as a primer? Or, is it necessary to use some sort of lacquer as a sealer?
    This will be an indoor project so moisture will not be an issue.
    Is there a specific product for priming MDF?

    The final color will be a cherry red, this is similar to a Sears Craftsman tool box red.

    thanks

    Cactus Man

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    Re: painting mdf

    I don't think you need to seal it with laquer..unless you're doing a specific type of paint (like a glaze or something). A regular primer should be fine, then a good quality topcoat. With the right color primer, the red should really pop! I don't think I'd use killz on it, personally.
    I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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    • #3
      Re: painting mdf

      I've painted MDF with just latex, no problem and it covered well. The only challenge is the ends or edges where you've made the cut. That may take a little sanding and two or three coats of paint to look good. Probably a sealer or primer there would be helpful as the edges will soak up the paint.

      CWS

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      • #4
        Re: painting mdf

        Ask BadgerDave (He has told others about the good stuff) what sealer he recommends. I know the name but can't think of it. It's far better stuff than Kilz is. I would try a regular latex primer myself and then paint it.
        Last edited by Woussko; 07-27-2007, 02:57 AM.

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        • #5
          Re: painting mdf

          This is the link, best on the shelf market. You can buy this stuff just about anywhere, anymore. Price has even dropped considerably.

          http://www.zinsser.com/product_detail.asp?ProductID=11
          Great Link for a Construction Owner/Tradesmen, and just say Garager sent you....

          http://www.contractorspub.com

          A good climbing rope will last you 3 to 5 years, a bad climbing rope will last you a life time !!!

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          • #6
            Re: painting mdf

            Just to let you know, I have addressed the edge issue..I have all corners mitered! so that will not be a problem.
            Thanks for the replies

            Cactus Man

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            • #7
              Re: painting mdf

              As I was thinking about the red color on the MDF, it occurred to me that you might be better off to paint a lighter color primer than match the red paint. MDF is so dark to begin with that a lighter primer could help out with making the red top coat brighter. Just a thought...and a theory really! I've never painted a dark color on MDF so I'm not sure how it'll do.
              I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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              • #8
                Re: painting mdf

                Since I had a can of KILZ I decided why not give it a try.
                I gave the mdf two coats and then sanded with wet 200 grit.

                I just applied the first coat of cherry red and wow! it pops!

                I will do two more coats and the project is finished.

                I therefore recommend KILZ primer on MDF. I used their water based stuff for easy clean up.

                Cactus Man

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