Trying to create a very glossy 4x8 panel floor for photo studio, confused

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Old 11-23-12, 12:48 PM
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Trying to create a very glossy 4x8 panel floor for photo studio, confused

I have a 4x8 sheet of 3/4" MDF which is factory white on both sides, like a shelving unit. I store it when not in use, and pull it out for photo sessions at my home.

I've already applied some spray-on coatings but nothing has worked well yet. At this point I just want to know what would have been the best way to do this if I had to start all over?

What I want is a panel that is pure white on one side, and pure black on the other side. Absolutely textureless, with a mirror like finish.

The criteria are that it will be walked on in high heels. So it must be durable, easy to clean/repairable and cover up the wood/floor natural texture to be smooth like glass. On the white side, it must remain clear, not yellow.

Some people go so far as to buy a 48x96 1/16th sheet of Lexan and use that. Of course that requires a lot of re-polishing as it scratches easily - and it costs $170 at home depot.

I have carpet which is why I needed to use the thick MDF.
 
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Old 11-23-12, 01:31 PM
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I doubt you will find anything that will meet your criteria of being durable, glossy, and inexpensive,

My first thought was to use a pour on 2 part epoxy finish like you would see on a bar top but I am not 100% sure that there would be no yellowing.

I think you best option is to get a large sheet of tempered glass. It will be heavy, but would be the most durable and glossy, just not inexpensive. You can then lay that over whatever surface you want to get the glossy look. Contact a glass shop in your area and they could hook you up.
 
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You would be limited to water based coatings on the white side.

I can't think of any paint that would hold up to high heels on MDF.

My first thought was a sheet of glass like Tolyn suggested.
 
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Don't know for sure but I'm fairly certain that bar top epoxy would give the white a yellow cast, it might work ok on the black side but I don't know how well it holds up under foot traffic.

How often is this panel used? IMO using a gloss oil base black on one side and a gloss waterborne white enamel on the other and then sanding and refinishing as needed would likely be the best bet.

btw - welcome to the forums Eric!
 
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Old 11-23-12, 11:54 PM
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Fairly light traffic, but in high heels. Thanks for the feedback. I'll see how it goes with what I have.
 
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Paint's cheaper than glass - I'd start with Mark's suggestion and see how it goes, you can always buy glass later.
 
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Not exactly what I think you are looking for but it's worth a look.
 
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