This guide outlines in brief how to prepare MDF trim for paint to achieve top quality finishes fast with emphasis on nail holes.
Chipping factory primer, puckered holes and glue strands caused by nail gun installation on MDF trim can cost painters thousands of dollars in short time and without them even knowing it. Here are a few tips to prevent wasting labor regardless where the MDF was manufactured or who or how it was installed.
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The more we learn about a products capabilities, the more we realize there is no short answer when asked about products. As you know, painting contractors can apply coatings many different ways. The above photo of a hand-brushed finish was first published on Google+ and later on paint talk with some basic discussion about how it was achieved. However, the same level of finish can be accomplished using a variety of methods.
This article covers options for how to paint MDF trim. Each MDF type requires a slightly different approach to achieve best results. Last week we talked about how to fill nail holes on MDF trim. You may want to read that when you are ready to fill nail holes if you missed it.
We constantly seek to minimize workplace variables—from drying time, to risk management, to failsafe product application methods. If there is one thing MAXIMUM PAINTING is not, it’s conventional. This week we took a look at how to achieve the best brushed finishes over pre-primed MDF which is notorious for absorbing anything you put on it, FAST!
Factory MDF primer dissolved in a matter of seconds after flat wall paint dripped on the baseboard. Not all factory primers on MDF will do this, but many do. You can literally wash this primer off with a wet rag. This is why painting over many factory MDF primers drag so much. Reducing your first coat of paint will help to apply the paint quicker with immediate less drag. This will allow you to stay off areas for any length of time. The best approach painting MDF is to not overly work any area too much. Alternatively, you could re-prime the factory primer, but that is best achieved with a sprayer.