Would painting MDF cabinets with a low-VOC lacquer seal in the chemicals that offgas from it (formaldehyde)?

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Would painting MDF cabinets with a low-VOC lacquer seal in the chemicals that offgas from it (formaldehyde)?

Asked by beth

My medium-density fiberboard (MDF) cabinets are almost 2 years old.

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Doug Cameron, LEED GA's picture

Probably some, but you would have to completely cover every nook and cranny, which is not very practical.

That said, there is a product called Safe Seal manufactured by AFM Safecoat that is extremely nontoxic, and the manufacturer boasts that this is achievable.

  • Honestly, I don't think it's worth the trouble.
  • I would just try to make up for my indoor environmental quality somewhere more practical...like removing harsh cleansers and/or pesticides from under your sinks and getting rid of them or putting them in the garage.

I.E.Q. is a holistic approach, and I think it's important not to get to caught up on any one thing.

For more information:

Read "Is there a finish I can use to seal MDF surfaces on a changing table for my baby's nursery?" a Q&A answered by Debbie Sek.