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04-21-2021 08:08 PM

Hope this is the right section. Anyway, a project was started a few years back with wall paneling using 5×8 boards which are what I believe are MDF. I purchased a 4×8 board since I cannot find the 5×8 and noticed the colors are way different. Are there certain colors for different types of MDF or just depends who makes it? Any help is appreciated as I would like the rest of the wall to match.


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#1 posted 04-21-2021 09:18 PM

Different vendors source their fibers from different forests.
Usually MDF is not considered a finished product, and, as far as I know, is not controlled for color from vendor to vendor.

It is usually laminated, or, painted with other materials and not seen in a finished product.
My $0.02

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#2 posted 04-21-2021 09:46 PM

Paint, the great equalizer.

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#3 posted 04-21-2021 10:25 PM

All wood (even the sawdust in MDF) oxidizes and darkens over time. As has been said MDF isn’t a “finished” material and the final color is paint or laminate.

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#4 posted 04-21-2021 10:27 PM

Thanks you both for the replies. I was hoping that maybe just being aged that they faded in color. They have been on the wall for about 8-10 years or so. The color looks good for the garage they are in so if I can keep the color then awesome. Painting is prob the way I’m leaning if all else fails. Thanks again!

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#5 posted 04-21-2021 10:35 PM

Looks like unfinished kind

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#6 posted 04-23-2021 12:30 PM

Try flipping one old piece to see if the backside that was in the dark to see if it is any different color.

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#7 posted 04-23-2021 01:01 PM


Try flipping one old piece to see if the backside that was in the dark to see if it is any different color.

- ibewjon

That is what I was going to do. I bought the more recent MDF board at a local lumber yard. I haven’t checked the big stores yet to see if their color was any different. Didn’t think this would be such a headache to finish the job but such is life. All else, painting it is. I don’t mind some difference in color between the old and new but nothing that sticks out like a sore thumb like what I have now.

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#8 posted 04-23-2021 02:35 PM

White paint will certainly brighten up the space, so not a bad thing.

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#9 posted 04-23-2021 04:36 PM



White paint will certainly brighten up the space, so not a bad thing.

- ibewjon

That’s the thing. The natural color of the older sheets of a yellowish/brown fit the garage really well. But since they were purchased so long ago, from who knows where, I cannot seem to find identical ones now. So if there is a way to paint the newer boards to match the older ones then all would be well lol.

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#10 posted 04-23-2021 06:16 PM

Take a 1” square piece or larger to any good paint store. Paint is made to match.

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#11 posted 04-23-2021 07:23 PM

LDF. Really soft and much lighter ( weight) Not usually available is stores.
MDF. various tan colors. Pretty heavy.
Hardboard, AKA Masonite. Medium to dark brown as treated at higher temp.

Of course, can be spec’d to virtually any density but not usually available retail. For instance, just got some packaging in about 3/23 hardboard just a little softer than dark Masonite, but way denser than MDF.

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#12 posted 04-24-2021 01:52 AM

If I have to then yes I will take a piece to the paint store to match. As for mentioning LDF, what I have actually may be that. I deff noticed it being soft. Never even saw LDF for sale anywhere. Here is a closer picture of what is already hung up.

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