Should I get MDF or Plywood?


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Old 10-23-14, 07:47 PM
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Question Should I get MDF or Plywood?

Hello All,

I've searched the forums and learned lots but I'd still like some advice. I'm building a small end table, and need to choose between hardwood plywood and MDF for the tops. Obviously the MDF is cheaper. I don't have much experience with oil based paint, and have read that using any water based paint/primer on MDF is a bad idea. Is this true, or am I good as long as I primer it well? I have an airless sprayer that I'm also considering using. I'm really hoping to get a smooth finish without much texture. Any advice on materials and paint greatly appreciated!
 
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Old 10-23-14, 09:03 PM
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I would suggest using MDO (medium density overlay) plywood for the best finish.
 
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Old 10-24-14, 04:29 AM
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MDF paints nicely and I've never run into any issues using latex primer/paint on it but I agree with Furd, use MDO. MDF doesn't withstand much abuse and may show signs of wear quicker than plywood.
Oil base enamels dry to a harder film than latex enamels. Some of the cheaper latex enamels are prone to blocking - sticking when heavy items are set on them for an extended period of time.
 
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Old 10-25-14, 03:57 PM
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Thanks guys. I ended up passing on the mdf. I figured a few extra bucks for at least the peace of mind was worth it.
 
 

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