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MDF + Hammerite?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by Paden, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. Paden

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    Has anyone put Hammerite (not the smooth stuff) on MDF & if so what were the results like?
    I want to make a DVD storage unit & had thought of using veneer on MDF (black ash to match my speakers) but I'd like some curves in it & thus thought this probably wouldn't be practicle.
    I thought plain black paint might be a little naff :blush:

    Any comments or alternatives appreciated :)

    Cheers, Paul
     
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    Paul,

    Also take a look at the "Plasticote" (sp?) range of paints that are stocked at Homebase etc. They have all sorts of effects, some good, some not so good. Have sucessfully used these over the years for various projects.

    One note on MDF. Once you have cut, shaped it etc. actually wipe it down with a damp/wet cloth to remove all the surface dust. Once dry, painting gives a much better result.

    Cheers

    Ian.
     
  3. RobsterD

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    Used a nice green hammerite on shelfs on a diy rack I made in brass as long as the mdf is rubbed down and primmed to a nice smooth finish results are good,routed the edges these are the only bits that really require most attention as they seem to absorb more paint than the smooth tops etc.
    Rob
     
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    Interesting timing of this post, one of my mates is making me some speaker stands (did first one this afternoon) and I was thinking of painting with Hammerite or Plasticote; but after some serious priming.

    Glad to hear results look good, will buy some samples to test with.

    StooMonster
     
  5. RichardH

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    Yes, cutting/routing of MDF seems to open up the "grain" a lot, which then absorbs a lot of paint. I think you can get primer specifically designed for MDF - have a look on http://www.screwfix.com at prod codes 36549 and 11370

    R
     
  6. Paden

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    Thanks for the replies :smashin:
    I think I'll experiment with both.
    Hadn't heard of Plasticote paint before but will check it out tomorrow.

    Cheers, Paul
     
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    I've never really been a fan of that plasticote stuff hammerite is great paint and it sticks to almost anything as a little tip if you've got a cut edge of mdf give it a qick blast with a blowtorchjust before you slap the paint on it.
     
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    :eek: blowtorch! + compressed particleboard =:nono:

    far better to use MDF sealer, if anyone wants to know the name of the proper stuff, i'll find out from work.

    :lesson: Remember guys MDF dust is not good, always wear a mask when cutting it!

    http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/formald2.html
     
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    If you give the cut edges a really good sanding with some 120 grit paper, they'll be nice and smooth, and no more absorbent than the faces.

    Sanding is pretty hard work (even with an electric sander), but is definately worth the effort, and always works for me.

    As has already been said, make sure you wear a decent mask throughout.

    Regards
     
  10. dnrc

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    Another option for the ends of the mdf, which i'm using to finish my sub is filler.

    I got some glass smooth finish (it was called something like that) polyfiller and am using that for the ends, after a bit of sanding you get a brilliant finish.
     

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