How to Paint MDF Furniture | Ask This Old House

How to Paint MDF Furniture | Ask This Old House



somato was our Sandeen up to your approval I'll like it and I think it's ready for priming all right how do you want to attack it well MDF very absorbent material we're gonna use an oil-based primer just silly well it's gonna be a hard working bench and probably a mud room so I can imagine wet boots or rain jackets on it we don't want it to swell up so you think the oil base primers gonna help oil base will protect this and then for the top coat we can use a water-based paint all right we're ready to go I'm ready I'll roll you paint we're gonna start with the inside of this box we're gonna prime all the edges and then Kevin will roll the fields getting good coverage with the roller speeding it up a little bit there that's pretty good good it couldn't be a good pan well it's like priming cardboard Morrow the way it is sucking up the primer here exactly sucking up too prominent is very nice and it's mote mature of people like because of this muttons of it and always look good but remember is a very soft material all right attack the top here oh no two coats the permits are dry we're ready to fill the net hose so why fill them now after the primer zone as opposed to before the primer the party sticks better on the primer just using a regular wood putty just like a wood filler Kevin regular one alright I'm gonna hate inside the box with the – achoo and a grit sandpaper and the meantime Kevin if you want to do the tops and the sides with the sander we can get it done now let's wipe off the dust with tack cloth we're gonna use this water base just simply wait I'm gonna start inside the Cubs again I'll go with the brush if you want to start the back you got it look at this I'll paint it up three nice baskets and a great cushion looks good do you approve I do very nice yeah I think it's a good one I mean one sheet of MDF that's pretty economical and that's a good look right here yeah very nice piece nice job guys thanks for watching this whole house has got a video for just about every home-improvement project so be sure to check out the others and if you like we can see click on the subscribe button make sure that you get our newest videos writing your feet

31 thoughts on “How to Paint MDF Furniture | Ask This Old House

  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Do you have to use latex paint or can it be acrylic?

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    It laminates great.

    It also paints well with a spray gun, just make sure you clear it to protect the paint especially in a mud room!

    I would've went the Dupli-Color Paint Shop system route (Ready-To-Spray Lacquer) … primed, sanded, painted, & cleared and ended up with something fairly nice and durable 😁

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    I would have painted it before, it would have been easier and faster. Then just a little touchups after you build it.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    What does Mauro say between 1:03 and 1:14 ?

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Water based top coat over oil based primer?
    🤔

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Furniture from MDF? No, thanks. MDF is crap.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Nothing says a quality education like the experts in the Youtube comment section… lol

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Super 🙂

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    IS THERE A PLAN FOR THE CUTS TO THE BENCH? i WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ONE,

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Firstly the best way to prime MDF is to use pre primed MDO instead. Also when applying wood filler using a razor blade is superior. Also bondo makes a great wood filler for paint grade projects.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    I wondered how you finished Tommy’s project… Looks great! Thanks for sharing this.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Friendly tip! You could have only use that 4” fabric roller to prime and finish. No need to use a brush for this project Cheers!

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Thanks for showing the finishing and finished product.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Never use MDF .. always use Pine

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    How to paint mdf:
    1. Throw it away

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    I'm totally against MDF, total junk. Use traditional plywood or solid wood.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Thank you for the tip,I didn't know you could apply water based paint after an oil based one.. 😁😁😁

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Painted MDF once and wondered what happened to my printer and paint ?

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    MDF is fine, used in high end cabinetry and millwork all the time. It's a stable and flat substrate that paints beautifully, especially with a spray gun. However, make sure you use real wood edging, and or veneer edge banding for shelving, exposed edges. as MDF sucks up paint leaving an undesirable edge and MDF is not durable enough to last any period of time for furniture. Also, when you're using wood filler don't scrape it all up as he did, wood filler is either water based or solvent based so it shrinks when it dries leaving holes still exposed. Leave a bit and sand smooth.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    I was always taught never to use a water based paint on oil primer or paint. Have the rules changed?

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Finish of paint used????

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    MDF is the worst material they ever made. It's basically good for nothing.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    To make the priming easier it’s good to take the back off. Much easier

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Am I the only one that's asking, "why would you put MDF in a mudroom?"

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    “It’s like painting cardboard” lol

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Finally one project that Tommy finishes. We could see the painting process. 👌👌👌

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    How about how to choose the correct paint for any job? Water, oil, latex or something else. Pro v Con?

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    I can’t believe Kevin didn’t want to wash the paint brush the wrong way again so the guy would die a little more inside https://youtu.be/Vjx0vSx80W8?t=66🤣🤣🤣

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    1) sand the mdf to a beautiful finish
    2) get your paint mixed and ready to go
    3) throw the project in the burn pile and start over with hardwood plywood or make panels out of real wood.

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