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Author Topic: Improving MDF wood finish?  (Read 1016 times)

Offline axabrax

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Improving MDF wood finish?
« on: December 19, 2013, 07:06:42 PM »
Anybody tried using washes or wood stain on unpainted or prepainted MDF wood? I used a wood stain on an unpainted MDF ship and thought the result was pretty good. However I have recently acquired a bunch of 4ground "painted" wood old west boardwalks, gallows, etc. and I don't find the paint job to be terribly convincing.  I'm wondering what would happen if I just tried using a brown wash or ink on these to give them a more realistic appearance. Yet I'm slightly reluctant to test it out for fear that it will look like crap and the piece will be ruined. Other thought I had was maybe trying to apply some pigments to dust them up a little bit.  Any trailblazers on the forum have experience doing something like this? I would appreciate your sage advice.

Steve


Offline Heisler

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Re: Improving MDF wood finish?
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2013, 07:59:38 PM »
I would think you would be okay applying washes on the 4Ground buildings since they are pre-painted the basic mdf is protection. Bare mdf tends to eat up my inks and washes, so I never apply them directly to it, only after I have something else on it. I usually prime my buildings because of the way I weather them which seals the mdf.
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Re: Improving MDF wood finish?
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2013, 09:01:18 PM »
I would think you would be okay applying washes on the 4Ground buildings since they are pre-painted the basic mdf is protection. Bare mdf tends to eat up my inks and washes, so I never apply them directly to it, only after I have something else on it. I usually prime my buildings because of the way I weather them which seals the mdf.

Using very thinned paint has been fine in my experience, and still allows for variation of tone/colour.

 

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