Best MDF Paint: 5 Primers and Sealers for the Perfect Finish

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MDF is a versatile and budget-friendly alternative to traditional timber, but without the best MDF paint, it can be challenging to work with, as it has different properties than other woods and sheet materials. 

Made from bonding together wood fibres with resin and wax, MDF is moisture resistant, but it's not water resistant. If too much water gets into the fibres of the board it will cause it to swell and effectively become useless and end up being thrown away. So it needs to be sealed before you start painting.

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Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.