MDF material


Old 04-30-02, 04:57 PM
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MDF material

Went to a lumber yard to buy Wainscoating for a bathroom. The sales advised me to use MDF beadboard instead of wood since the bathroom which is located in the basement does not have a shower or tub and the beadboard is much cheeper. Since I have never used MDF material I do not know the pros and cons of the material. please help. Can MDF be cut with a wood saw blade, drilled with wood bits, mitered, sanded, holes filled with normal wood or wall filling materials etc? I assume it cannot be plained, correct? Since it appears to be non-porous how well does paint adhere to it? The face of the primed bead board was very smooth but the groves were rough. Do you think this could be due to the prime or the cutting of the material and do you think it can be sanded smooth?

Thanks for any help you might give me


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Old 04-30-02, 06:14 PM
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MDF is a great stuff, I love using it. Its easy to cut, sand, nail, and paint. Even Norm Abrams on the New Yankee Workshop loves using it.
Old 05-02-02, 09:10 PM
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Does it work well in exterior applications? How does it handle the weather?
Old 05-03-02, 02:48 PM
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I wouldn't reccomend it for outside. It would fall apart.

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