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Old 07-24-2013, 06:31 AM   #1
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What do you guys use? I have been using some primed 1x material but the edges have been looking crappy lately, thinking about trying some poplar or MDF.
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:17 AM   #2
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In the past I have used MDF,it is ok but don't like using it for the sill anymore. Stuff don't like water that lays on it . Actually I like primed pine now that I have stared using it, holds nails or staples a lot better when making the jamb boxes.

Poplar or D / clear pine for stained window trim.

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We've used AZEK pvc for new jambs with a lot of success. We also use primed poplar with clear pine or poplar inside stools as well. Like Randy says, if they are staining their interior trim casing, then we use pine.
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Only place around me i can seem to find primed pine is home depot, its kind of expensive but i might have to give it a try.
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Only place around me i can seem to find primed pine is home depot, its kind of expensive but i might have to give it a try.
I don't know where you're located in Arkansas.... but surely there is a molding and mill work shop somewhere near you. If they don't already stock it, they can certainly get it for you. And, it'll very likely be of a much better quality and WAY better price than what you're going to find at a box store.
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We have a place in Missouri we buy Alot of 13/16" oak and maple stock from, they might have some poplar i could get cheap enough. Have to drive over an hour both ways though. Just called my local lumber yard and they have 1x6x8 clear pine for about $21 apiece. Anyone think that's high or is it just me?
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Are you guys using primed and painted pine and poplar for parts that will be exposed to the elements? If so, 4 years tops, before it starts to rot.

Cypress, white oak, and elm are way better choices for exterior wood.

If just on the inside, knock yourself out.
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Are you guys using primed and painted pine and poplar for parts that will be exposed to the elements? If so, 4 years tops, before it starts to rot.

Cypress, white oak, and elm are way better choices for exterior wood.

If just on the inside, knock yourself out.
No.... if it's going to be exposed to the weather, we only use PVC or cap with a coil stock. I was only speaking of what's exposed on the inside. I should have clarified that.

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I've always used Western Red Ceder for exteriors. Never had any issues and it's fairly inexpensive.
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No.... if it's going to be exposed to the weather, we only use PVC or cap with a coil stock. I was only speaking of what's exposed on the inside. I should have clarified that.

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if the budget has gotten chewn up on framing and siding then we use mdf sils but if we still have plenty of $$$ in the bag we go with pine or poplar but for the rest of hte jamb its mdf
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Ya sorry i should've clarified, I'm referring to interior trim only. Using MDF how does one go about making their reveal (cut edge) look good? I was thinking apply some drywall mud and sand off.
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Ya sorry i should've clarified, I'm referring to interior trim only. Using MDF how does one go about making their reveal (cut edge) look good? I was thinking apply some drywall mud and sand off.
Or watered down wood glue..too time consuming though.

I usually just sand cut edges with a hand block sander..it gives a good slick edge and closes off the pores.
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Ya sorry i should've clarified, I'm referring to interior trim only. Using MDF how does one go about making their reveal (cut edge) look good? I was thinking apply some drywall mud and sand off.
When I did use the stuff I would always put the ripped edge to the window.
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Ill try sanding it down and see what happens. I'm honestly considering the clear pine though.
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Ill try sanding it down and see what happens. I'm honestly considering the clear pine though.
Clear pine gets kind of spendy if it is just getting painted.
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Ya sorry i should've clarified, I'm referring to interior trim only. Using MDF how does one go about making their reveal (cut edge) look good? I was thinking apply some drywall mud and sand off.
Sand the saw kerfs and use an epoxy primer if you have a lot. Glue or spackle and primer for one or two.
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Thanks for the advice, think I'll at least try the MDF, its too cheap not to.
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With MDF, if you sand the edges well,prime, and put two coats of paint on you should be just fine. If it looks like crap after that then you didn't sand it well enough... (or you use cheap paint)
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Great advice, i plan on sanding then applying some stix bonding primer then 2 coats SW solo

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