One coat of each, and you're ready to go. We've used different types of paint and they've all worked out great. Try doing that with traditional MDF.
Thanks to the low-porosity of the panels, they're super easy to finish. The black panels are gorgeous untreated, and the colored ones can be finished with a bit of paint and primer. Yes, those are edges in the picture! Hard to tell? That's the point!
When you screw the board down, the plastic in the panel will heat up and melt around the screw ever-so-slightly, providing a super-strong hold. If you drill a hole first, you can screw the panel millimeters from the edge and have an amazing looking result!
Most plastics are waterproof, and when wood particulate is added in, there's no danger of swelling when exposed to moisture. If you've ever seen old MDF, you know how much of a problem this can be, not to mention that you can keep these outside for a while without them getting destroyed. This can really save you if you accidentally get caught outside with your panels.
We tested the expansion of Terra-Panel vs traditional MDF from a bathroom, an environment that continuously exposes the MDF to heat and moisture. We submerged each panel in lukewarm water for 25 minutes, and the results are drastic! The Terra-Panel stayed at 3/4", while the MDF expanded to over 1", not to mention that the painted finish on it was absolutely ruined. Traditional MDF clearly doesn't belong in a bathroom, so why are we using it there?
250lbs of Co2 is equivalent to what 5 fully grown trees can absorb in one year, which makes the Terra-Panel an amazing way for builders and DIYers to help out the environment.
Our manufacturing process creates up to 75lbs CO2 less per panel than traditional MDF manufacturing, with most being produced due to the province's use of natural gas power plants. With governmental change, we can decrease CO2 even more! Combining our CO2 savings during manufacturing and the amount sequestered by each panel, that's the equivalent to driving your car from Calgary, AB to Regina, SK, a trip of about 750Km!
Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, and is used as a component of most traditional MDF panels. This, coupled with the high amount of dust that MDF creates when cut, can potentially have some very severe negative health effects.
The high amounts of dust created by traditional MDF can be very dangerous to the health of your lungs and cause severe breathing issues. This, coupled with the any carcinogens in the material can make a cloud of potentially cancerous dust when cut, which could cause incredibly tragic results in the long-term.
Our panels are incredibly easy to sand, and provide an excellent surface for painting! You can breathe easy thanks to their incredibly low dust creation. No, they won't clog up your sanders either.
MDF and Terra-Panel have comparable weight, and the Terra-Panel weighs less than most MDF thanks to its material properties. This makes switching to our panels easy, as they'll feel familiar to anybody who's done any woodworking in their life.
Have you ever damaged an MDF panel? If yes, you know that the dent in your panel isn't going to come out. With the Terra-MDF, you just need to re-finish the panel because all that you damaged is the finish!
One of the questions that we get asked the most is "will it melt onto my sawblade?" We're happy to say with 100% certainty, "No!" The Terra-Panel will be one of the smoothest materials that you ever cut, and we've got professional woodworkers and cabinetmakers to help us verify our claims!