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08-26-2000, 10:13 PM
I would like to know if it's necessary to use gesso over masonite or if I can paint directly over that surface without the gesso.


08-26-2000, 11:33 PM
I've tried it once, but from what I've read about experts using this, the answer is you must gesso it. they recommend two coats with brush strokes at right angles. The acrylic supposedly won't adhere on a masonite surface

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08-27-2000, 02:08 PM
Ditto Sandi's recommendations, plus you have the added flexibility of adjusting the surface to your liking. After experimenting with the basic gesso applications, you can adjust for how much "tooth" the board has. If you like more drag with your paint, sand less; if you like a very slick surface, sand with a finer grit; if you like alot of texture to your surface, apply gesso with irregular brushstrokes rather than at even, regular angles.

To save time you could experiment with these differences on one board. Just use a good sized board dedicated to the test. Apply gesso variations in wide bands down the board then do your usual acrylic painting technique to see which surface you prefer.

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09-01-2000, 06:57 PM
All of the above concerning masonite...and one other thing. Masonite comes in a treated for outdoor use and untreated. You want to purchase the untreated because of the chemicals in the treated type.
(there's information about this in another forum...but I don't know where)

Gail Pastel
09-15-2000, 09:38 PM
Hi Woodciro, I just bought sheets of untempered masonite yesterday. Have been using it for years. Can use for so many mediums. Also use it for Pastels painting too. For acrylics I also painting 2or3 coats of gesso or good grade of exterior - acrylic house paint. I paint all edges and back of masonite. Sand lightly between each coats. I think you will like it once you start painting with it. Good Luck!!!


09-15-2000, 10:15 PM
I was wondering what side of masonite I use( no art books tell me this)need help? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif