Hire the best Door Expert

MDF vs pine skirting

Results 1 to 11 of 11
  1. #1
    1K Club Member havabeer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    nsw
    Posts
    1,028

    Default MDF vs pine skirting

    Hi everyone,

    I'm going through an idea of replacing all the skirting and arc's in a house we've just bought.

    I'm just trying to work out if I should use MDF or Pine skirting. Most of the stuff I read seems to contradict each other. In the wet areas I will use solid wood just because of the lack of MDF's moisture handling abilities.


    I've only had limited experience installing small amounts of pine trim and some website mentioned that nailing MDF can be difficult and that a glue should be used instead. there is a bit of a price difference between the two (Bunnings prices):
    MDF: $13.5 for 5.4m
    pine: $24.1 for 5.4m

    any got any strong opinions for one over the other as its all just pre-primed and painted white?
    Remember if you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Murrumbateman, NSW, Australia
    Posts
    119

    Default

    When we put a floating floor in I also replaced all the skirting.

    I used the primed MDF but as the bathrooms were untouched, I didn't replace those ones.

    What I did do was to paint them all first, I laid them all out on saw horses and sprayed them with two coats of enamel from the spray gun, was really easy.

    Glued and tacked with brads, then just touch up the nail holes and fill and touch up the skirt to wall joint.

    Much easier than painting skiting once attached.

    Dave

  3. #3
    2K Club Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Jarrahdale
    Posts
    2,070

    Default

    If you look around you should be able to source MRMDF skirts and archs.
    Here in WA there's a local firm doing just that. I have had some scraps of that outdoors and it takes a bit to kill it. goes green a mouldy after many months out in the rain but does not lose its shape
    One benefit is that is does not blow up when painting with water based paints.
    And.....your point is.....what exactly?

  4. #4
    1K Club Member havabeer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    nsw
    Posts
    1,028

    Default

    any links to the local firm david?

    I would think being pre-primed you should be able to slap any paint onto it?
    Remember if you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing

  5. #5
    2K Club Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Jarrahdale
    Posts
    2,070
    And.....your point is.....what exactly?

  6. #6
    Community Moderator
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Queensland
    Posts
    7,744

    Default

    Personally I wouldn’t use MDF for skirting boards as if you just mop tiles or inside your garage swells and pulls away and gets a furry look, I replaced some of mine with pine.

  7. #7
    Seasoned DIY droog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Bendigo
    Age
    58
    Posts
    2,876

    Default

    Did our previous house in MDF and it did look good. Current house is at this stage a longer term project so went with solid timber as I expect a better result long term.

    Depends on what your intent with the house is.

  8. #8
    1K Club Member havabeer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    nsw
    Posts
    1,028

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by droog View Post
    Did our previous house in MDF and it did look good. Current house is at this stage a longer term project so went with solid timber as I expect a better result long term.

    Depends on what your intent with the house is.
    10 - 15 years at least
    Remember if you don't sin, then Jesus died for nothing

  9. #9
    JB1
    JB1 is offline
    1K Club Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Melb
    Posts
    1,860

    Default MDF vs pine skirting

    Unless you wet mop, MDF is fine for living areas and bedrooms.

    Wouldn’t use it in any wet areas. I wouldn’t use pine either. Tile skirting for wet areas.

    MDF is much harder than pine so dents less.

    Pine architraves for wet areas.

    Another reason I went with MDF is the profile I wanted was much easier to source in MDF than timber (and cheaper to boot).


    al

  10. #10
    2K Club Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Jarrahdale
    Posts
    2,070

    Default

    From the Franz Building website

    Our pre-primed skirtings and architraves are manufactured in Australia from Australian Made ultra low emission (E0) Moisture Resistant MDF. They are a great quality, locally produced product that saves you time and effort as they’re pre-primed to a sanded finish ready for painting.
    And.....your point is.....what exactly?

  11. #11
    Golden Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Location
    Melbourne - Yarra Ranges
    Posts
    845

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by dmac View Post
    What I did do was to paint them all first, I laid them all out on saw horses and sprayed them with two coats of enamel from the spray gun, was really easy.
    Glued and tacked with brads, then just touch up the nail holes and fill and touch up the skirt to wall joint.

    Done the same as DMAC and works out easy. The only change was I just used brads and used tiled skirts in the bathroom.
    Also, ran a bead of gap filler across the top join to the wall which finishes it nicely.

    Keep in mind you r attaching skirts and not building a load bearing wall as Ive seen plenty of skirt installs where they use big nails and lots of them making it a pain in the ar@se for the next time to replace down the track.

Similar Threads

  1. Are these Cypress pine or Baltic pine floorboards?
    By Basilratbrush in forum Flooring
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 7th Apr 2021, 11:44 AM
  2. Treated pine or cypress pine for picket fence
    By Maryc in forum Fences & Screens
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 7th Jun 2013, 06:12 AM
  3. Treated Pine Vs Untreated Pine for Structural timber?
    By Aussie Jimmy in forum Structural Renovation
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 13th Jul 2012, 08:26 PM
  4. Skirting boards - MDF or pine?
    By Kaiser Soze in forum Flooring
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 23rd Dec 2010, 03:43 PM
  5. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 8th Apr 2010, 06:42 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •