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post #21 of 22 Old 05-29-2014, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by whiskeypete View Post
I haven't tried this out myself myself but I've read about using flat latex tinted to the color you want then top coating with poly. From what I understand, flat paint cures a lot faster that those with a shine and the you can topcoat with poly to get the protection you need and the sheen you want without being sticky. I'd just be guessing, but in that video i think it looks like semigloss to me. Google "poly over latex" and you find a bunch of advice. I've never painted MDF so I don't know how it reacts, but I hope this helps.

Also, as Bill Boehme said, alot of paints fall under the catagory of "latex". I would ignore advice from those that think latex paint contains latex.
That would work but the polyurethane would need to be water based. An oil base polyurethane would give a yellow cast to the paint and continue to yellow more as it ages.
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Putting latex or any other water based finish on MDF is asking for problems. MDF loves to soak up water and when it does, it swells up like a sponge and the surface becomes very rough. Putting a varnish (poly or any other kind) on top of the latex will only accentuate bow bad the finish really is. I agree with the OP that an oil based paint would work best. There are many oil based paints from which to choose. Polyurethane paint such as Imron would be at the top of the list, but certainly not necessary to go with something that expensive.

If you want to cover it with some type of veneer such as Pergo flooring. Why not go with a particle board substrate whicn would cost less than MDF? Think about the weight of MDF. P,ywood is much lighter.

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