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Two part epoxy on 5 piece shaker poplar and mdf door?4/20
I am thinking about filling gaps in back of shaker doors and drawers with a two part epoxy glue to lock in the mdf panel.
I had cabinets built from a guy who outsources his doors and they did not glue the panel in. I am using pre-cat tinted lacquer and trying to prevent hairline fractures.
I believe this would be an unorthodox practice just wanted to see if there is a possibility it would work.
We usually put a small drop or two of titebond in the groove when we're assembling doors with mdf panels to keep the stiles tight. Epoxy would work as well, but it might be overkill...
I'd prime the doors, sand and then calk the gap between the panel and frame, both sides if necessary. this should work. We use adhesive calking in the grove at the time of door assembly (mdf panels). no rattles. Also calk the face of the door as described. Epoxy would turn out to be a messy process IMOP.
It certainly feels like overkill! I am just worried about cracking.
As far as the caulk, it make me nervous putting Pre-cat lacquer over it. Is this a common practice?
Thanks for the advice!
Why not use a 1pc mdf door with square inside corners? I pay 6.50/sq ft for the doors and 15.00 sqft painted any color I want satin finish.
That is definitely some amazing work.
I did not research before hand and my cabinet guy ordered 5 piece doors. Definitely agree with you that one piece mdf is the better choice!
The doors are made by Taylor craft which I just found out they use a foam of some sort in the rails and stiles. I am hoping that works in my favor.
I calk all of my painted doors between prime coats. keeping the calk line small helps. this bridges the connection between the panel and the style making paint flow thru. I don't think you are ever going to paint it without calking. wood moves and paint cracks, trying to minimize the issue.
I either send a headless pin in the center of the panel, after I center the panel from side to side. If I want to do that on hardwood/clear finish, I drill a small hole and pin with a toothpick. Doesn't take long, and the customer thinks about craftsmanship when they see it.
Thanks for all the info!
After a lot of research, i am just going to shoot without any caulk. I believe caulk can be the way to go but i do not like its look.
After talking to Taylor Craft rep they recommended that i do not caulk.
I am going to be shooting with Sherwood White Hi Bild Pre cat lacquer CC-F60 tinted to a light to mid grey. Had to drive 3 hrs to get it and talk to about 20 SW stores.
I will keep in touch on how it goes!
Nobody cares about that crack but you