I have a utility cabinet I made from MDF and want to give it
a smooth painted surface. The surface must be very durable
and I was thinking along the lines of Marine enamel, or that
Plastic paint. Also, what would be a good sandable primer
to use as a base coat?
Any suggestions to primer / paint combinations appreciated.
It will be basic black, hopefully a satin finish.
My favorite MDF primer of late is good ol' BIN, which is some
formulation of shellac.
I prefer this stuff because it dries very hard, fast. The hardness
makes it really nice to sand on machined edges, so I find the edges
get smooth faster than latex primers.
I usually brush a coat or two, thoroughly sand, and spray the
additional coats. BIN is available in spray cans that work great for
It should hold up fine under enamel, but as usual, test your
combination on scrap!
A Zinsser product available at any decent paint store, hardware store,
or home center that sells Zinsser products. Other Zinsser products
include Seal Coat, Clear Shellac, and Amber Shellac.
It's sold as a primer - sealer - stain killer. Look near the Kilz.
On Fri, 03 Oct 2003 10:37:43 GMT, B a r r y B u r k e J r .
said. . .:
the local orange box here isn't all that swift...last time i looked
for this stuff, it was in with some other cleaning supplies...
"it says it covers stains. . ." the kid said to me with an "i wish i
was gettin high out by the dumpsters right now" look
figures, i should have known,,,i feel so dumb...lmao
On 3 Oct 2003 07:46:34 -0700, email@example.com (Allen) wrote:
Definitely not. I get much better results with BIN over both Kilz and
Kilz2 when priming MDF.
They may be similar products when used as stain killers, but they sure
aren't similar if you sand them.
For my shop cabinets, I used regular primer followed by Hammerite (in a
normal paint can -- not the spray). Hammerite leaves a nice hammered
finish. It's designed for metal surfaces, but works GREAT on MDF, and has
the added bonus of making your cabinets look ultra durable (which they are,
because hammerite is a very durable paint). Also, the cabinets now match my
Grizzly tools, which is a plus. :)
p.s. Be sure you use a respirator, and plenty of ventilation -- hammerite
is some stinky stuff!
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