We’re often asked how best to paint our mdf letters, so we’ve written a quick how-to guide to help you!
So you’ve bought the perfect colour of paint, dusted off the brushes, your letters have arrived and you can’t wait to slap some paint on them to see how they look……well, woah there and hold your horses as they say round these parts
Before you get going with the paint, you have to prime your letters, AND you have to sand your letters.
It’s time consuming and it’s boring, and we can’t pretend otherwise!
And sanding is really not good for a manicure. But you have to do it. Well, you don’t have to. But if you do, we promise you’ll get a much better finish on your letters.
Why do I have to sand and prime?
When you apply paint to raw wood or mdf, it will fur up on the cut edges. This is normal!
Sanding with some fine grade sandpaper will knock back (or de-nib as it’s called) the raised edges.
What do I prime my letters with?
You can buy specialist mdf primer. But for home use, in our opinion any wood primer will do the trick. If you’re applying a water-based top coat, you can even use white emulsion as a primer base.
*Important* Less Is More! It’s definitely better to apply several thin coats than one thick one. Make sure each coat is totally dry before you apply the next one. And sand (again!) between each coat.
Painting your letters!
We often get asked what is the best paint. Truly, there is no one answer to this question. If your letters are well prepped, and nicely sanded, you can paint your letters with almost any paint….acrylics, water based, spray can paints, metallics, craft paints, chalk paint, even good old water based emulsion. Our rule of thumb is usually thin coats, ensuring each coat is dry, before applying the next one, but pls do check the user instructions on your paint – some spray can paints for example have to be recoated within 1 hour or after 24. So, do check!
And you don’t have to stop at plain paint. You can add glitter, decoupage them with paper, cover them with fabric, glue on buttons, use chalkboard paint, magnetic paint, cover them in gems, stick on photographs, cover them with wine corks, string them with fairy lights….the sky’s the limit!
Buy our unpainted letters….you can buy our unpainted mdf letters here. Did you know all mdf is not the same?!
Buy poor quality mdf letters, and after all your hard work painting, you’ll end up with fuzzy sides and a surface resembling woodchip wallpaper (woodchip.…now that’s one 70’s decorating trend we predict is unlikely have a revival)
We use only premium grade Medite mdf for our letters, which is not only high quality, but FSC certified and low formaldehyde.
Calling all you creative and arty Brides to be……We also sell our Baltic Birch plywood wedding letters unpainted.