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  • MDF Staining Hands

    Not exactly a woodworking question, but sort of related. I've been building a new workbench, with an MDF top. I suddenly find my hands showing brown stains. Could it be the MDF? I understand it has formaldehyde in it. The only thing I did out of the ordinary before the stains appeared was to lean against the top for awhile, as I read a magazine article. A short while later I noticed the stains.

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    Re: MDF Staining Hands

    Maybe you got some Chinese made MDF similar to the Sheetrock that they dumped on us a couple years ago with all the sulfur in it.

    Was it hot and humid that day? Maybe perspiration from your hand dissolved some the colorant in the MDF and transfered it to your hand causing the stain.
    "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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      Re: MDF Staining Hands

      Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
      Maybe you got some Chinese made MDF similar to the Sheetrock that they dumped on us a couple years ago with all the sulfur in it.

      Was it hot and humid that day? Maybe perspiration from your hand dissolved some the colorant in the MDF and transfered it to your hand causing the stain.
      I purchased all the MDF at Home Depot last week. I did all the cutting and lamination then, as well. It didn't do it last week, so I'm now thinking that the MDF is not at fault. I have been working on the bench all morning, with no further occurance of the staining problem. Perhaps I got something else on my hands before I touched the MDF, and just don't recall doing so. Lets call this one a mystery, and let it go.

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        Re: MDF Staining Hands

        Smeared ink from the magazine?

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        • #5
          Re: MDF Staining Hands

          Have you been playing with the Gorilla Glue again?
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          ~~Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last that long.

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          • #6
            Re: MDF Staining Hands

            see if it smells like chocolate.

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