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New fitted wardrobe. Need ideas/suggestions to paint doors. Please help

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I am getting fitted wardrobe (5 doors and study table next to doors) in master bedroom. We used light green coloured moisture proof MDF from Selco. It's 18mm thick i think. We were thinking of having …
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1m, 1w agoPosted 1 month, 1 week ago
I am getting fitted wardrobe (5 doors and study table next to doors) in master bedroom. We used light green coloured moisture proof MDF from Selco. It's 18mm thick i think. We were thinking of having them spray painted to give a matt finish in white colour after a undercoat but earlier today Carpenter said it's a bad idea to spray paint MDF. He wants to use a roller to paint them. I doubt i would like the end result.

To give you an idea - I need a similar finish like you have on IKEA PAX doors.

We are short on time and have until Friday to sort this out. Any suggestions on what my options are? I just need a clean and nice looking wardrobe but this looks like a distant hope at the moment after spending decent amount of money.
whitebag Avatar
1m, 1w agoPosted 1 month, 1 week ago
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#1
Spray is a good idea. Neat finish. The age old problem with MDF is its so porous so a good priming base should be ok to do diy.
So many firms spray paint MDF for kitchens end panels and cornice and its a great finish.
#2
Can you not roller them with primer and then spray?
#3
The other idea is go to a vehicle sign company and have them vinyl wrapped. Would look awesome.
#4
I had all woodwork including 8 single and 3 double doors, all skirting, frames, window ledges, painted or rather rollered by a decorator in white matt under then top coat in a large 4 bed detached. The result was immaculate. Your carpenter is correct. I have done similar with MDF. If you prep it like any wood correctly, it will look great.

Get your carpenter to do a test run on a off cut to convince you?

Edited By: dothedealnow on Jan 10, 2017 22:22: spall
#5
barrel24
The other idea is go to a vehicle sign company and have them vinyl wrapped. Would look awesome.


​If the carpenter is not experienced in spray painting, possibility even does not have the kit and wants to roller, then roller it is, unless you want to pay £££ for them to be sprayed by someone else?
#6
The company I work for manufacture and install fitted kitchens and bedrooms, we used to spray our mdf doors, you have to seal the edges and mouldings (if your chippy routers the he face) then prime then and finally top coat them. As an apprentice I started in that department and the process to get a professional finish that people are happy to pay for is time consuming and quite difficult. Unless he has a spray booth and is experienced then I doubt you will be happy with the finish, especially if your comparing to ikeas professional finish.

Out of curiosity, why is he not using chipboard for the doors and fascias, that can be bought in in 8x6 sheets in the exact finish you want relatively cheaply or maybe even buying in some vinyl wrapped mdf doors?

Here's some of my work to give you an idea on various finishes, it may give you some ideas.
click here

Edited By: INDUSTRYHATER on Jan 11, 2017 07:08: .
#7
barrel24
The other idea is go to a vehicle sign company and have them vinyl wrapped. Would look awesome.
Great Idea.

http://switchsigns.co.uk/
#8
dothedealnow
I had all woodwork including 8 single and 3 double doors, all skirting, frames, window ledges, painted or rather rollered by a decorator in white matt under then top coat in a large 4 bed detached. The result was immaculate. Your carpenter is correct. I have done similar with MDF. If you prep it like any wood correctly, it will look great.
Get your carpenter to do a test run on a off cut to convince you?

Silly question I know,but presumably you still need a brush to go around the edges ?

Can you use a roller with gloss paint or wasn't yours gloss?
#9
You roller up to the edges. I never noticed decorator with a brush but assume he must have used one.
You can roller any undercoat any top coat onto wood. I was surprised when my decorator showed me and the finish, after he'd decorated 2400 square feet of internals was outstanding. It was a matte, rather than a shiny gloss that he rollered. Looked like the white IKEA wardrobe finish I'm looking at in one of my much smaller houses.

Get him to do a test run on an off cut. If you don't like it, pick one of the more sensible options above.
#10
Have a look on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M27R7MqV2yI

Lots of different ways of doing it.
#11
Bigfootpete
Have a look on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M27R7MqV2yI

Lots of different ways of doing it.


​Thanks for the idea. We could get get the doors vinyl wrapped but the study table would still need to be painted. Based on your suggestion i have asked him to paint a small piece using roller so i could see what it would look like.
#12
whitebag
Bigfootpete
Have a look on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M27R7MqV2yI

Lots of different ways of doing it.


​Thanks for the idea. We could get get the doors vinyl wrapped but the study table would still need to be painted. Based on your suggestion i have asked him to paint a small piece using roller so i could see what it would look like.


​Please remember cheap furniture is wrapped in vinyl, eg my cheap 5k kitchen. Expensive furniture is painted, my kitchen units painted would be 7k.
Some of the advice on here is truly shocking.

As I keep saying. and you agreed, get the chippie to do a sample.

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