If you have a new account but are having problems posting or verifying your account, please email us on [email protected] for help. Thanks :)
Hello all! Please ensure that you are posting a new thread or question in the appropriate forum. The Feedback forum is overwhelmed with questions that are having to be moved elsewhere. If you need help to verify your account contact [email protected]

how durable is painted mdf for tv unit

  • 30-08-2022 9:50am
    Registered Users Posts: 1,905 ✭✭✭

    Most cabinet makers and suppliers of units offer chipboard or painted MDF.

    What is painted MDF like in comparison to Ikea units like besta, which is the only frame of reference I have.

    I want something that wont disintegrate if someone leaves a cup on it, or if a spill is cleaned up quickly.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,441 ✭✭✭The Continental Op

    The glues they use nowadays are waterproof. That means the wood in the MDF or chipboard needs to absorb moisture before there is any problem and this takes a long time with waterproof glue being between every particle.

    Thats not to say you can use MDF outside where its wet all the time but spills on it are fine.

    Wake me up when it's all over.

  • Registered Users Posts: 30,914 ✭✭✭✭Lumen

    Painted MDF is better than Ikea because it won't UV discolour and peel off like every piece of Ikea crap ever made.

    The paint is what gives it the protection.

  • Administrators Posts: 52,234 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭awec

    The edges are the weak part, not so much from spills but more from taking knocks. MDF edges can be easily damaged.

    That said, there are ways to avoid this being a problem.