View Full Version : Does anyone paint on the reverse side of masonite?

09-25-2004, 08:27 PM
I like the texture, but wonder how it will look painted. Anyone here use the rough side of masonite instead of the smooth? Just wondering.


09-26-2004, 03:41 AM
Have always painted on the smooth side. Have never heard of anyone painting on the reverse?? Maybe someone here has the answer. If I did want to try it, I think I would gesso it several times since I prefer a smooth surface to paint on!! :)

Richard Saylor
09-26-2004, 04:29 AM
I've seen paintings on the reverse side, but I don't like the texture.

Charlie's Mum
09-26-2004, 06:22 AM
If masonite is similar to our hardboard here in the UK, then yes, you can use the rough texture, similar to 'weave'.........but from experience, I wouldn't recommend it unless you like to renew your brushes very frequently!!!!!!....it murders them!!!!! :eek: :D

09-26-2004, 08:05 AM

I have used masonite on both sides .. Dont really get much difference other than the rough side uses 3+ times more paint.. If you gesso the rough side a few times then use it it smooths out to almost the smooth side.

In the end just too much paint being used.. SO why bother.!!! I did this with oils. But paint is paint idnt it!!


09-26-2004, 09:29 AM
YES! I did that many year's ago when I decided to see what it would be like. I still have one of those paintings, which is a sentimental favorite, on the wall of my dining room. And as you might expect, using that rough side is nothing like painting on the smooth side. OTOH, the "screen pattern" doesn't really detract all that much from the painting, but then I was using a very "painterly approach" - which is one reason I attempted it in the first place, to get away from the tight detailing I'd grown accustomed to when painting on canvas or smooth surfaces. Nowadays it's hard to even find hardboard with a screen pattern on one side, at least in my area. And with the burning down of the local lumber yard three days ago, I suspect it's even harder now! :wink2:

The photos attached below show the painting and a closeup detail that "exposes" the roughness of the screen pattern. I have a sentimental attachment to this painting since I painted it after camping on this beach in the Pacific NW, USA - way back when...(1970s)...

09-26-2004, 01:42 PM
I was told by an art teacher a long time ago that the 'waffle' side is not an archival surface to paint on, even if sealed. I too thought it would make a cool textural surface!


09-26-2004, 02:07 PM
I have painted on the back side of masonite. It works fine, except, as has been said before, it takes much more paint. Nowadays I stick to the smooth side. :)

09-26-2004, 03:35 PM
I tried painting on the back of masonite...it ended up feeling something like velcro. Cat hair sticks to it like you wouldnt believe :rolleyes: