Linoleum backdrop, pros & cons

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by ocalicreek, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. SAL Comet

    SAL Comet Member

    The major down side of luaun is that it's made to be stained rather than painted. it takes a lot of priming and sanding to get the smooth surface that masonite has to start with.
  2. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    The lauan I used had a fairly smooth surface without sanding, but when I did start to paint it, the grain raised a bit making it rougher than before. If I used all my woodworking skills, I guess I would have sanded, filled, sanded again then painted, but I didn't. Still, it was more than acceptable after one coat. Hardboard is usually so slick that it takes two coats before it gets covered well.

    This is a good conversation though since it brings out points that you normally don't think about until you're there.

    To me, either is fine for a backdrop, but when I get ready to wrap my layout sides, I will use Masonite.... no splinters and I shouldn't have to sand the edges.

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