[Woodworkers] Finishing MDO

Royce Killion killion1978 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 5 10:27:02 PST 2018

Do you just want a clear finish on the mdo? That is the stuff with the 
paper overlay on top of it right? I think it is used a lot for sign boards.

Anywho, since it has a paper overlay, I wonder if something like a 
drywall primer paint would work? I know it does wonders for drywall and 
makes it a lot smoother in the end. Of course that won't work if you are 
wanting a clear finish. I don't know if they have a clear drywall primer 
available. The stuff we have used has always been white.


On 11/5/2018 11:31 AM, Dave Heitstuman via Woodworkers wrote:
> So we are just about finished with a fairly major interior remodel of 
> our humble abode.  The 2 bedroom closets had these painted shelves 
> that were probably original to the house built in 1940.  I really did 
> not want to put them back.  Actually I really do not want painted 
> shelves period.  I thought about the wire closet stuff but the 
> supports are pretty much a permanent part of the wall so installing 
> the wire stuff may not have worked really well?
> I wanted to go with something that would be flat and smooth and 
> hopefully easy to finish.  For whatever reason I chose MDO plywood. 
>  It’s flat and smooth but I really didn’t think it through on the 
> finishing.  I tried some wipe on poly on a scrap and was not overly 
> impressed with the results.  So I did some Googling.  The only thing 
> that I have come up with that seemed to be a decent recommendation is 
> General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.  And before anyone asks yes I edged the 
> front of the plywood J
> Anybody have any other suggestions?
> 2Dave
> /"professional putzer"/
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