Finish over MDF

This is probably a stupid question, but how do you typically finish MDF?
Do you use a veneer or some other type of sheet covering?
Can you prime and paint MDF safely and fairly durably?
Thanks
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Tillman asks:

Yes.
MDF is a substrate for many finishing materials, including veneers and laminates, and it paints well, too, with oil-based paints.
Charlie Self "It is not strange... to mistake change for progress." Millard Fillmore
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finish over MDF. I use Idrofinish, it's a very hard poly material used for finishing floors. I keep the surface clean on the MDF when I'm milling the material, light sanding and 2 coats of finish and the surface is really nice. These tables are use in a retail location and hold up very well.
Ed Angell
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All of the above. When it comes to painting - you hit a key point - prime it first. Plastic laminate stick well with contact cements. And I've had no problems gluing wood to MSF with plain ol' yellow woodworking glues.
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wrote:

Don't overlook Seal Coat as an excellent MDF primer.
Barry
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