Best MDF Primer UK Review 

Best MDF Primer UK Review

MDF stands for "mineral fibre density" and it is a man made type of wood that is very popular for these days. It has a smooth finish and is ideal for many applications. We are looking for the best primer for MDF, that will adhere well to the surface and leave a good covering for the top coat to go on to.

MDF is mostly used in furniture because it is just so versatile and is easily cut and shaped. The surface can be awkward enough to paint and it requires a slightly different approach to normal types of wood.

You will need a purpose made primer and plenty have been developed specifically for MDF as it can be awkward to cover and it absorbs any primer really quickly. We will have a look at what's available and discuss what are the best ways of painting MDF, as it can be brush painted, rollered, or sprayed.

Dulux 5092097 Difficult Surfaces Primer - 750ml, White

Rated at 94% satisfaction by over 600+ buyers

Dulux compares well against other manufacturers for quality and price and this is a great all round primer that is water based.

It will provide a smooth finish for MDF and will leave you ready for the top coat.

You will be able to apply paint after 4 hours, as this dries really quickly. Always check it's totally dry though, before you move on to the next stage.

You should get away with just one coat on MDF with this primer

Main features of the Primer:

Ready for painting after 4 hours
Easy to use and quick to apply-.
Tough & Durable.
Leaves an excellent mooth finish.
Great adhesion
You can only get this in white.

This difficult surfaces primer is the ideal choice for any MDF painting project.

Leyland Speciality 308452 MDF Primer, White, 750 ml

Rated at 92% satisfaction by over 100+ buyers

This primer is specially made by Leyland to produce a quality base coat on to MDF. Again this is a low odour, water based product.

It is classed as a trade product and his means it's regarded as better quality than the normal consumer would use.

This primer can easily be applied by brush, roller or spray and it covers well.

You will be able to apply paint after 1 hour, as this dries super quickly. Always check it's totally dry though, before you move on to the next stage.

The main features of MDF Leyland Trade Primer:

Comes from the Leyland Specialist Coatings Range
Can be used for internal and external MDF items
Super speedy drying that is ready in an hour
This give quite a thick coating that coverr really well
Available in 0.75L and 2.5L sizes.

I would say that this was my favourite choice and it's pretty cheap too compared to some of the others.

RUST-OLEUM AMZ0058 250ml Universal Paint-Satin White, 250 ml

Rated at 90% satisfaction by over 8,000+ buyers

This Rust-oleum paint is a massive seller ans is excellent for MDF and most other awkward surfaces.

The paint can be applied by spray, brush and roller and I would recommend that you do 2 coats if applying to MDF.

The paint is durable and leaves a smooth finish.

Main features of Rust-Oleum All Surface Paint:

Made for MDF and a a large variety of surfaces
Easy to apply but needs two coats
Available in different colours
It is available in 250ml and 750ml sizes.

All round a good choice by the two coats might put a few users off

Rustins WHPU1000 1L Quick Dry Primer/Undercoat - White

Rated at 90% satisfaction by over 200+ buyers

This is a quick dry primer made byby Rustin and is the perfect priming MDF and other awkward types of material.

The primer has been developed to provide a good surface and undercoat for MDF.

It is drys quickly and leaves a flat finish ready for top coat.

Although it is a good quality, we found it took 2 coats to cover to get the finish we wanted.

Main Features of Rustins Quick Drying Primer & Undercoat:

Works interior and exterior surfaces
Hard-wearing but needs tow coats
Formulated for all hard to coversurfaces
Dries to a nice flat finish
The primer can be applied by brush, roller or spray.

It is available in 0.25L, 0.5L, 1L and 2.5L sizes to suit all needs.

This is a good choice of primer for most surfaces.

Blackfriar BKFMDFP250 Quick Drying MDF Acrylic Primer Undercoat, 250 ml

Rated at 85% satisfaction by over 50+ buyers

Blackfrair primer is specifically made to cover for MDF.

The primer is durable, easy to apply and leaves a good flat finish when dry.

This primer can easily be applied by brush, roller or spray and it covers well.

Main features of Blackfriar MDF Primer Undercoat:

Good quality coating
Sticks very well to the MDF
Twin job as a primer and undercoat
Specifically made for MDF
Reasonably Quick drying Time
The primer can be brushed, roller or spray applied.

This primer is touch dry in 1 hour and can be painted over in 4 hours.

Overall this primer provides a good base coat for MDF.

A very quick video review

We have looked over all the video reviews and found this great short presentation on how to paint MDF. It gives you an instant idea of what to expect as well as telling you all the features and spec in and easy to understand format.

I hope you enjoy watching it as I always think its much better to see something in action rather than just reading about it or seeing pictures. This guy is particularly good at explaining how this should be done.

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Between us, we have a lot of experience, and we are more than happy to share that with you here.

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Thanks for reading our Best primer for MDF article and we hope it has given you a better insight into the world of painting. This are not very exciting but is essentail if you are doing some MDF painting.

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