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    • CommentAuthorPugliese
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2013
    Can anyone recommend a good quality supplier of white primed architrave, skirting etc. It is for a Victorian/Georgian/New England style new build with tall ceilings etc. Ordered some samples in MDF and not impressed by the finish so looking for alternatives

    • CommentAuthorTimber
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2013

    I saw this at ecobuild - not sure on the Eco, but it looks decent and the prefinished aspect may appeal!
    • CommentAuthorPugliese
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2013
    Thanks for the link Timber. Not quite the selection of profiles I am after but interesting to know if their coating gets over the problems of slight furring when MDF is routed
    • CommentAuthorTimber
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2013
    It appears to - the stuff I handled had a really very nice finish. The coating looks to be between 1 and 2mm thick, so more like a plastic powder coat finish rather than a thin painted finish.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2013 edited
    Posted By: Timber............ so more like a plastic powder coat finish.

    You're right Timber, Nowadays it often is powder coat, or foil wrapped.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2013
    Any local timber supplier can spindle mill any profile for you, they will try to charge for making you a cutter but I never paid this fee as I know full well that they already had a full range of suitable OK cutters

    Priming is easy!
    I would strongly advise the client to avoid painting skirtings etc - a natural oil finish is less environmentally damaging than paints (although there are still vapour emissions) and once you have painted you are stuck into a long life cycle of continuous painting. Admittedly though the "let the carpenters do their best, the painters & decorators do the rest" phrase is there for a reason.

    Try a local carpenter for prices to router up what you want - it is also best to avoid MDF as real wood will last tens (if not hundreds) of years, avoiding the need to redo in the later life of the build.
    • CommentAuthorTimber
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2013
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: tombuild.com</cite>.....it is also best to avoid MDF as real wood will last tens (if not hundreds) of years, avoiding the need to redo in the later life of the build.</blockquote>

    I have never come across issues with the life of MDF - assuming it doesn't get wet. It should last just as long as solid wood. Although I have just taken off out painted skirting and architraves and have replaced with solid wood which will be oiled or varnished (probably varnish as we have kids and it should last loner before grubby hand prints become a problem).
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2013
    Posted By: TimberI have never come across issues with the life of MDF - assuming it doesn't get wet
    Do you remember that waterproof MDF a while back, well I put some in a container full of water and have left it outside since, really must go check on it. I also pit some glued up ply in there as well.
    • CommentAuthorTimber
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2013
    Yeah, Upshot of my testing was that Tricoya is great!
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2013
    May leave mine in there for a few more weeks, would have had a years in the bucket then.
    Be nice to know what adhesive they use to bond it all together as it seems to be pretty good.
    Any companies recommended for 11" period skirting? Pre primed ideally
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2016
    Rebated 150 X 20 packed out and fitted over a period 125 shirting,
    Any pictures of links to what you mean?
    We bought our 11'' skirting from an unfinished renovation nearby. Although I would never have opted for MDF, the amount of money we saved was crazy. It was made from 25mm moisture resistant MDF at the local joinery. He just purchased the spindle cutter he wanted and they made it up for him. Of course this is only suitable if painting but it looks great fitted. pic below.

    I saw the same moulding in pine for £15/m online! Whereas you would get approx 10m out of a sheet of MDF.

    We bought our architrave from Victorian Emporium which stock skirting too.
    That website is pricey!

    I'll check my local joinery shop. Cheers
    Certanily is! It was however the only place that happened to have a matching design to the few parts of the house that hadn't been torn out years ago. That said it would have cost thousands to get all the skirting from there!
    My local builders merchant can run me 22m of 'double sunk' skirting for £120 in 25mm softwood.

    Am I better off using this then painting in white? Or getting pre primed mdf for £220 online?
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2016
    As a Joiner with manufacturing ability, i enjoy making skirting and architrave that are in the vernacular.... simple thumb mould in a highland estate cottage, or something more elaboration a Victorian townhouse. I would advise deciding exactly what you want, then making that happen if cash allows, or just buy best stock locally.
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