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Old 03-15-2011, 11:14 PM   #1
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I'm in the finishing stages of my garage cabinet project and want to know the best primer for mdf. The sides of the melamine boxes that are visible are gonna be covered in 1/4" mdf. I just bought Sherwin Williams oil based primer for the maple face frames but not sure how well it will adhere to Mdf. Any solutions?

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Any latex, oil, or shellac based bonding primer will adhere. Go back to SW tell them you need a quart of bonding primer to bond to melamine, they'll set you up. A quart should do, 100 sq ft.

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Cool thanks, so are you saying I need bonding primer for Mdf as well. Im gluing a piece of Mdf to the melamine then painting the Mdf. I wanted to do this because melamine doesn't leave a very clean joint once butted against the ff. So I left a 1/4" overhang for the Mdf to butt against the ff flush leaving a clean detailed line.
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In a reread, I'm not sure I initially followed you. If you're painting the cabinets entirely, you need a bonding primer to grab the melamine, but not for the MDF, what you have is fine for that. Ask the guy at SW if the oil you bought has some bonding quality. Bonding primers are general purpose as well. If you haven't used it yet, he may be able to swap it for a product that will kill two birds with one stone. Hope I followed you right.
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I'm in the finishing stages of my garage cabinet project and want to know the best primer for mdf. The sides of the melamine boxes that are visible are gonna be covered in 1/4" mdf. I just bought Sherwin Williams oil based primer for the maple face frames but not sure how well it will adhere to Mdf. Any solutions?
The oil based primer you have will be the best primer for just about any situation.
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