How to paint craft shapes

We're often asked for tips painting MDF, so we hope you find this useful!

There are many different paints you can use to paint our wooden craft shapes, from off the shelf cheap tester pots from the larger major diy shops to higher quality/more expensive artists acrylic paints and acrylic spray paints.

Most of our shapes are made from Medite MDF which has a smooth surface and is one of the easier materials to paint to get that lovely nice smooth finish, although you can also use this guide for painting our birch plywood shapes too, but you would need to use a primer first.

Guide :

1) As MDF is very porous you must seal it using an mdf sealer before painting.
2) An MDF Sealer such as 'Rustins Quick Drying MDF Clear Sealer' is available online and ready to apply straight from the can, although a standard PVA glue mixing 2 parts of PVA to 1 part of water does a similar job.
3) Lightly sand once the sealer has dried completely.
4) Apply a second coat of sealer if required.
5) Lightly sand again with a finer grit sand paper after the second coat of sealer has dried completely.

Spray Finish:
6) Acrylic spray cans can be used to give a nice smooth finish.
7) Lightly apply and gradually build up the colour to avoid drips leaving to dry between coats.
Or
Brush Finish:
6) Apply acrylic paints with a brush or small roller.
7) Allow to dry completely between coats.

Once you have your base coats finished you can then apply further detailed decoration and again leave to dry between coats.

After painting your design you can then apply a light coat of spray lacquer over the top to seal it.
Make sure that you allow the paint to dry completely between coats before spraying with the clear lacquer or you will experience ‘crackling’.