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Staining cabinets a three-step process

Results provide durable, waterproof finish

Q: My husband and I just bought a new house. We were too late in the construction process to upgrade the interior of our cabinets to melamine and are now stuck with MDF interiors. Can you recommend a finish and application to achieve a waterproof, durable finish for the MDF? I've seen stained MDF and like the look but am not sure how durable it is. A: MDF, or medium density fiberboard, is a manufactured wood product consisting of sawdust bonded together at high heat and pressure by resins. Because it can be tooled and milled easily and cleanly, and because it does not expand and contract with moisture changes, it is the material of choice for medium-grade cabinetry. Another advantage of MDF is that it takes paint and other finishes uniformly. We've never seen MDF stained and sealed. But if you like the look, go for it. Staining and sealing your cabinet interiors is a three-step process. Lightly sand the surfaces to be stained. Make sure you remove all the sanding dust with a v...

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