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I am currently constructing a mirror box and square/circle from MDF (kind of like chip-board, but made from much finer grains of wood an is a little more sturdy).

Could anyone tell me - does MDF need a primer coat or can I put gloss paint straight on to the naked surface?

Thanks guys, any tips would help immensely!
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For the best final finish you should always use a primer. Use the primer by the name of 'Bin', compatible with all types of paint. Remember 3 coats primer with sanding between coats and 6 coats paint with sanding between coats.

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Um, I'm sorry wmhegbli, but I just built the base for my trick and I did 1 coat of primer, and 2 coats of paint, and it looks pretty *** good, so "write2david," a total of 9 coats is a bit over exaggerated!

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Try out this link. It is a series of articles on painting by Chance Wolf. It should answer all your questions.

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I agree, Chance's tips are great!

One thing to add though, PATIENCE is your only enemy while finishing a new prop. Although you may be anxious to use your new trick, most likely the finish you have will be the one you will live with, so make it good. Just make sure you wait for all paint and undercoater to dry completely between coats, be patient before removing any stencils, and you will have a finish you will be proud of!

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