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steve h12/03/2010 13:42:54
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Hello all!
I have been busy making an MDF cupboard for a wine rack I made and SWMBO asked me what colour it would be when its finished?  When I sugessted that I would be painting it - SWMBO pointed out that all our furniture is wood and that it will not go! DOHHHH!
Can i finish MDF in its natuural colour - to try & keep it wood like?  What/which is the best way to do this.
many thanks - Steve
Big Al12/03/2010 14:40:53
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If your not going to paint it, then use a clear water based varnish, de-nibbing between coats.
Personally I would just paint it, if SWMBO wants a wood wine rack then I suggest that you make one from wood as MDF when varnished wont look like wood at all.
Sparky12/03/2010 16:16:03
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I personally don't like MDF unpainted. I feel a varnish will still give it a dull grey brown and nothing like wood..
I agree with Al, make one out of wood and keep the MDF version for something in the workshop
Delete12/03/2010 19:04:55
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If youi are not too far into the build STOP and make it from Venered MDF. Lip the edges with a contrasting hard wood and it will look great.  Oak and redwood go well together. The surface can then be finished with varnish, Oil etc.

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