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Pre-Painted MDF Millwork - Have You Used It?


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By Jo-Lynn in Issaquah, WA on 2/11/2011


Hi,

The painting bids I was getting for my new house (4,400 sf total, two floors) each included around $7,500 just to prepare and paint already pre-primed millwork/moulding. Wow! Hard to believe that it would be so high -- I was going to put it on the list of things that I would do because saving the money was way more important than a week's work. 

In order to secure our construction financing, the bank insisted that we have a consulting GC, and he may have just earned back a piece of his flat fee! He just threw a very interesting idea out to save about $5,000 of the $7,500 moulding paint bid: Fin Tek pre-painted (not pre-primed) millwork. It's MDF, only available in Polar White and you purchase a finishing "kit" which includes a wax filler stick, spray paint, putty, smoothing card and caulk -- all in the same Polar White Color. Apparently you can get tons of different molding/casing profiles as well as a myriad of pre-hung doors, sills, etc.

According to this YouTube video, it's pretty straightforward to install (advises using liquid nails to limit the number of nail holes that need to be filled) and seems to look OK from a distance through a camera lens. The GC says it's not a perfect product and he probably wouldn't use it in a Taj Mahal type of build (but would you use MDF of any sort there, regardless)? and noted that it's definitely better to have the painters do the fill-in and caulking rather than the finish carpenters -- he's had much better results that way because the painters are concerned with the ultimate condition of the finish rather than the application/fit of the product to the walls.

So my questions are these: have you used this product and, if you have, is the finished result one that you're pleased with? Secondly, since it's more expensive than pre-primed MDF, do you think you saved money on the painting/finishing costs and time by using it? Thirdly, if you've had it installed for a period of time, have you attempted to re-finish it/change the color and how pleased were you with the process and the results?

Thanks, in advance, for your input -- I have a couple of months before I have to order my millwork, but I'm all about spending the interim time figuring out how to shave expense. There are just so very few reviews that I can find anywhere on the Internet, so I'm missing that all-important research that quiets the second guesses in my head. If this is good stuff in practical, everyday life and I can save $5,000 on painting labor without getting my own hands/shirt/jeans dirty, that's a pretty good chunk of change. In fact, it would pay for every plumbing fixture in the house AND the Rinnai tankless hot water heater on my plumbing list!

Looking forward to hearing about your experience or advice on this product!


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By Jo-Lynn in Issaquah, WA on 4/5/2011


Just an update on the pre-painted millwork saga... Turns out that FinTek doesn't have the millwork profile that I'd selected, and I really don't want to compromise on that. It's a pretty plain profile but it goes with the Craftsman/northwest style of my home. You'd think that was a bad thing, but something really interesting has risen from those ashes!

The lumber company that the construction manager chooses to use (TRM Wood Products) has an in-house painting service! They can take virtually any millwork (moldings or doors, etc.) and paint it with the exact same paint that FinTek uses! That's important because it means that you can use the pre-packaged finishing kits that FinTek offers to fill nail holes, caulk, touch-up, etc.!

We figure that it will cost about double on the moldings (averages about $1.20 per painted LF) and about $75 per door, plus I'll have to pay the painters $1,000 to fill the holes and caulk, but even then, I'll be knocking about $4,000 off the best interior painting bid that I have so far!

If you find yourself looking at a huge bid or a huge do-it-yourself job of painting your moldings, it's probably worth talking to your lumber supplier to see if they offer this service. Make sure to confirm it's done in the same dust-free way that auto body places do cars in their booths or it probably isn't worth spending money on it. If it's not pristine (at least in my humble opinion), I'd rather rent the sprayer and take a run at it myself, because I have dust too -- how different could it be if they're not working in a "clean room"?


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