Calling DIY cabinet builders!

Discussion in 'Hardware & DIY' started by Chris Stokes, 22 Aug 2017.

  1. Chris Stokes

    Chris Stokes Member

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    Evening all,

    I'm towards the end of my build and am using three coats of Homebase's Duracoat paint. To those who have built an MDF cabinet;

    Did you add any extra waterproofing layer?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. subterranean

    subterranean Member

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    Three coats of MDF Primer, then two of a water-based gloss on mine. No extra waterproofing, but I'm careful to avoid spills.
     
  3. ricky tango

    ricky tango Member

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    is green mdc any better to use
     
  4. Keith GH

    Keith GH Member

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    MDF would be one of the worst products to use any where near moisture. Make sure every exposed part is sealed and primed then painted.
    If any spills wipe dry immediately.

    I am not a DIY just a Cabinet maker of 10 years then taught Apprentices and secondary students for 26 years.

    Keith:wave::wave:
     
  5. Bacms

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    Have to agree with Keith. Would definitely avoid mdf unless you veneer all the surfaces and even then. MDF will easily expand if water ever gets in contact with it so really need to be well sealed.

    Of the man made boards I would probably go with Plywood but also make sure the ends of your plywood are well sealed
     
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  6. Keith GH

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    Bacms

    If going Plywood even then the preferred is Marine grade as it is processed differently to make it 100% water proof not just moisture proof.

    Making marine grade plywood.


    Keith:wave::wave:
     
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  7. Bacms

    Bacms Member

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    You are absolutely right Keith forgot to mention that. Glad you pick it up
     
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  8. Andrew Butler

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    I think this first sentence says it all! MDF is just like a sponge.
    +1
    Again by a carpenter - Ply is the best sheet material by far, marine grade in particular.
     
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