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Posted on Cabinet door/face frame questions - sanding and material

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#1 posted 03-03-2021 01:26 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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Perfect. Thanks. I had planned on gluing the panels in, and I have the BIN already and was planning to do that. Thanks for the confirmation on those as well. Thank you!

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