Should oil, spirit or water based stains be used on Medium-density fibreboard (MDF)


I've made a recording desk out of 18mm MDF.
What type of stain and varnish would you recommend and would it need a sealer coat applying first.

All advice appreciated.

Best Answer

I really like using a sealing primer like Bin's Bulls Eye. this is a pigmated shellac based primer that can be sanded smooth as glass. It cures very hard, blocks any stains well and is an excellent base for topcoats. For a top coat, you can use a couple of coats of good grade latex gloss or semi gloss (personal preference). If you want a really hard protective finish, let the latex paint cure for a couple of days and overcoat it with several coats of WATER based urethane.