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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 03-03-2021 12:58 PM

Here’s my approach, since you’re using MDF panels, I would sand the rails/stiles prior to assembly since the MDF won’t get sanded. I would sand to 180. I think 1/4” MDF would be fine for the panels, and I would glue them in to make a stronger door. To paint I would prime with Zinnser BIN (the real stuff) smooth that out with a light sanding, then paint. Raised grain shouldn’t be a problem, but if it is raised slightly after the prime coat, it will smooth out and you’re good to go.

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