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Interior with painted cabinets??5/1
I havent done a lot of painted cabinets yet. Usually its an odd cabinet/island. Doing an entire new house currently. Using maple frames and mdf on finished ends with birch interiors. Boxes will have to be masked off when finishing since not using prefinished. (which if it wasnt for wanting flush bottoms i think prefinished would be the way to go since i already use prefinished backs)
I have alot of cabinets that are bumped out so with using mdf for exterior, what do guys do with the insides to cover up the raw mdf? Is it ok to leave it just raw mdf with clearcoated birch interiors? Should a guy skin the insides with a veneer?
Where its a drawer base, on a vanity lets say, i dont think it matters. But on a fridge cabinet with both integrated endpanels, both sides will be raw mdf. What do you guys do? A onesided veneered mdf sheet would have been great, but was unavailable.
Thanks for any help!
I use mdf for certain things but I don't think it's a good idea for finished ends especially for the base. Peels when it's bumped, very heavy, don't hold screws good plus I worry about water damage at the floor... I would use mdo before I would mdf. Mdo is plywood with a mdf veneer on it. I usually use prefinished one side ply. Prefinished on the inside and the raw gets painted for the outside. I finish everything in pieces and then assemble, no masking, no overspray.
We use all pre-finished maple for our interiors. If we have a single piece finished end to be painted we simply paint over the pre-finished. It takes paint great and holds up well. Also, we use a ladder frame toe kick so we have plywood to the floor that isn't part of the box itself. Chris
We do what chris does except we ALWAYS scuff sand the prefin maple wherever it's painted. Minimum of 120 grit to get rid of sheen of prefin and then paint