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Wainscoting Help - Materials and Finishing

by Ben
posted 09-06-2016 05:57 PM


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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 09-06-2016 09:39 PM

Ben, you are correct that water will ruin MDF in a hurry. However, once you finish the MDF, the finish should prevent any water infiltration. I would use MDF for all the parts except the pieces that touch the floor where I would use poplar. Be certain to paint the ends of the poplar as well as the sides and edges, then caulk the lower joints.

I just finished a bathroom project (pix tomorrow) with Target's EM6500. There was a bit of a learning curve and it took 3 coats, but I am happy with the results. You could add Target’s CL100 for a more durable finish if you are concerned about the water. I didn’t use it on my project. You might also want to add a clear coat but I didn’t. I am sure there are other products that will work as well.

Good luck and let us see the completed project.

-- Art

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#2 posted 09-06-2016 11:05 PM

I was going to take a simular project this summer but never had a chance to start it. I asked asked around and was advised to use Ranger board, and poplar for the baseboard, that way its more resistant, Try to see if any suppliers of Ranger board are in your area, it’s a better version of mdf. Hope that helps

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Ben

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#3 posted 09-08-2016 02:05 PM

Thanks guys – that’s very helpful info. I really appreciate it.

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#4 posted 09-08-2016 07:02 PM

Cedar fence boards ?
I personally would NOT use poplar. I have seen too much wood movement with moisture !

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#5 posted 09-09-2016 12:13 AM

Traditional wainscoting was done with beaded ceiling. At one time, it became very hard to find, as they had ceased milling it. But I believe it is available again, as a lot of people are restoring vintage houses. Here in the PNW, it was usually fir, but I think that now it is more likely to be out of hemlock. In order of preference, for me it would be fir, hemlock, red cedar (but I don’t know whether anyone is producing this), pine, poplar, and any faux wood dead last. (Sorry, I am not a fan of mdf).

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#6 posted 09-09-2016 12:22 AM


Traditional wainscoting was done with beaded ceiling. At one time, it became very hard to find, as they had ceased milling it. But I believe it is available again, as a lot of people are restoring vintage houses. Here in the PNW, it was usually fir, but I think that now it is more likely to be out of hemlock. In order of preference, for me it would be fir, hemlock, red cedar (but I don t know whether anyone is producing this), pine, poplar, and any faux wood dead last. (Sorry, I am not a fan of mdf).

- runswithscissors

I guess not, bead board was not the Traditional!!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panelling

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