How to specify powder coated MDF in your project
The past few installments of this column have brought forth the idea that, although powder coated medium density fiberboard (MDF) has been around for several years, it is still an emerging technology. Further, it is common to associate wood powder coating with the more familiar technique of metal powder coating and assume the process will simply translate. Although both technologies utilize an electrostatic charge to encourage adhesion, the similarities end quickly.
Wood powder coating continues to evolve, and companies in the industry are learning by experimenting with different approaches to heating, coating, and curing. This advancing state of powder coated MDF has resulted in a variety of finish options that aren’t always universally known; the options provided by powder coated MDF can differentiate your new product line, breathe new life as an upgrade to an aging design, add a durable finish to a new shape not thought possible, or generate interest with a splash of bright color. With all of the options and advancements, it is sometimes difficult to know where to start in order to take advantage of the finish in your next project. Accordingly, the goal of this edition is to introduce the basics of how to specify powder coated MDF in your project.