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MDF Thermofoil and Painted Doors

Written by: RTI CABINETS



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MDF (medium-density fiberboard) is a type of engineered wood product that is commonly used to make cabinet doors. There are two main ways that MDF cabinet doors can be finished: thermofoil and spray painting.


MDF Thermofoil Doors


MDF thermofoil doors are a type of cabinet door that are made from a material called MDF, which stands for medium-density fiberboard. It's a type of engineered wood product that is made from wood fibers that are combined with resin and then pressed together to form a solid board.


MDF thermofoil doors are different from traditional cabinet doors because they have a plastic coating on the surface. This coating is called thermofoil and is applied by heating a thin layer of vinyl and then pressing it onto the surface of the MDF. The result is a smooth and glossy finish that looks like wood or any other desired finish.


The benefits of MDF thermofoil doors are that they are relatively inexpensive, easy to clean and maintain, and available in a wide variety of colors and patterns. They are also quite durable and resistant to scratches and wear.


However, one thing to keep in mind is that because they have a plastic coating, they can be more prone to peeling, chipping, or melting if exposed to high heat.


In summary, MDF thermofoil doors are an affordable alternative to solid wood doors that have a similar look, and easy to maintain, but less heat resistant. They are used for kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, and any other applications where cabinet doors are needed.


MDF Spray Painted Doors


When making MDF cabinet doors using the spray painting process, the doors are typically made using MDF that has been primed twice before being spray painted. The priming process helps to prepare the surface of the MDF for painting by filling in any porous areas, creating a smooth surface, and increasing the adhesion of the paint.


The first primer coat is applied to the MDF using a brush or roller. This coat is often referred to as a sealer coat, and it is applied to seal the surface of the MDF and to create a smooth surface for the second coat of primer to adhere to. After the first primer coat has dried, a second coat of primer is applied. This coat is typically applied using a spray gun and its main function is to further smooth the surface of the MDF and to increase the adhesion of the paint.


Once the second coat of primer has dried, the MDF is then ready to be spray painted. The paint is applied to the MDF using a spray gun, which allows for a more consistent and smooth finish than brushing or rolling paint. The paint is usually applied in thin layers to prevent drips and runs and to ensure an even coverage.


After the paint has been applied, it will be left to dry for a period of time before being inspected for any imperfections. If any imperfections are found, they will be sanded out, and another coat of paint may be applied to achieve the desired finish. Once the finish is satisfactory, the cabinet doors will be ready for installation.


The two primer process provides a stable base for the paint to stick to and make the finish more durable, also it will make the surface smooth, so the final paint finish will have an even coverage and smooth surface. The final result will have a high-quality finish that is more resistant to scratches, chipping, and wear than a single-primed door.


In summary, the main difference between MDF thermofoil doors and MDF painted doors is the way they are finished.. Both options provide a smooth finish, but thermofoil doors are more durable and low maintenance, while painted doors offer more traditional look and color options. Based on your needs and preferences, you can choose the one that fits you best.