This might be strange to some but I actually like the surface/ colour of the MDF picture frames that I have bought. But my GF assures me they need to be darker. Is it possible to varnish MDF to get a more finished finish!!
Perfectly possible, in fact if you look at the edge of many a veneered occasional table that has been made to a price youâ€™ll see the edge is just stained and varnished MDF. These days itâ€™s too expensive to properly veneer the edge.
Donâ€™t use a water based finish â€“ MDF turns into wet weetabix anywhere near water â€“ use three coats of a solvent based varnish. De-nib (very lightly sand) between the first two coats to keep it smooth. If you want to make it darker still, then use a coloured varnish rather than try and stain the MDF. It can go blotchy if you try â€“looks â€˜orrible
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