MDF Panels - The dangers and safe alternatives
12 April 2013
MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) is an engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres and re-combining them with a wax and resin binder. The material is popular with artists looking for economical artworks panels as it is rigid and smooth. However, conservation experts investigating the long-term effects of MDF have discovered that it contains a large amount of Formaldehyde. This substance releases emissions which react with paint chemicals, yellowing the surface of artwork over time. Artists interested in preserving the visual appearance and financial value of their work are now turning to safer alternatives. Low Emission Ecologique MDF looks and feels like MDF, weighs the same amount and has the same level of absorbency, however it does not contain the Formaldehyde which can cause yellowing. These art panels are suitable for painting, drawing and collage and also have an economical price! John Jones produce these professional quality art panels in depths of 3/8”, 1/2”, 5/8” and 3/4” and the product can also be cut to a circular or elliptical shape.