Wooden Art Panels
difference is forever
||The most durable wooden boards.
The most advanced wood primer. A design
geared towards maximized life span. These
are the features that make our PRIMEWOOD™ and PRIMEWOOD
panels the best wooden art panels
available anywhere. Read the descriptions
below, then see our "Wood Panel Science
Guide" to learn even
more about artist panels, and we think
Our PRIMEWOOD™ panel is made with a
light weight ¼" Thin MDF board.
PRIMEWOOD PLUS™ is made of our own
unique reinforced sandwich panel.
PRIMEWOOD PLUS™ is a strong and rigid
5/8" panel, made by laminating
1/8" Thin MDF sheets to both sides of an
ultra-light end-grain balsa core.
Premium TMDF (Thin Medium Density Fiberboard) has
advantages over hardboard (Masonite©)
sheets and plywood panels.
(You can read more about MDF and other types of
fiberboards in our "Wood Glossary".)
Compared to hardboard, our MDF resists warpage
better; has greater dimensional stability;
has greater internal bond strength and resistance
to de-lamination, and retains strength
and fiber cohesiveness far better over time. Our PRIMEWOOD
strength and rigidity of plywood, with much less
weight and more reliable flatness.
It's components won't split like plywood veneers
can, and it has better long-term
cohesiveness than plywood panels. In short, these
are beautiful wooden boards.
A summary of our exhaustive research into wood
panel products, presented in our
"Wood Science Guide", explains
why we are absolutely convinced that these
are the most durable and long lasting substrates
for wooden art panels.
The right primer can
significantly increase the life span of wood
Wood decays over time primarily due to loss of
its volatile chemical components.
So we looked for a wood
primer that would provide the most
impermeable vapor and moisture barrier,
in order to minimize the exchange of
moisture and gasses which results in wood
panel deterioration. We looked for a
primer that would be absolutely durable
and lightfast, and would grip the panel,
as well an artist's paints, tenaciously
and permanently. We looked for many
years! Unfortunately, no paint existed
that met all of those criteria. So we
talked to innumerable art conservators,
wood science experts, and paint chemists
and decided to develop our own primer. An
extremely tight seal is the best way to
preserve wooden objects over long time
periods. But we learned that no glue
gesso, acrylic, alkyd, or oil-based
coating would provide a vapor barrier
tight enough to meaningfully improve the
durability of a wood panel.
In fact, the
only coatings which could do so, and which were
also durable enough
to use in permanent artworks, were urethanes.
Industrially, urethanes are used as
tough and durable barrier coatings. We worked
with a leading manufacturer of
urethane coatings to formulate a primer with all
of the properties demanded by
conservators, and all of the working
characteristics needed by painters.
Our primer incorporates the functions of both a
sealant coat and a primer.
This minimizes the number of layers of dissimilar
materials on the panel –
interfaces of layers are the usual starting
points of paint damage in old artworks.
Our primer is an archivally durable, catalyzed,
baked-on, urethane finish.
It is an extraordinary primer which greatly
increases the life expectancy of the panels.
It also provides stronger adhesion between wood
and primer, and between
the primer and your paints. It accepts paint from
your brush beautifully.
Smooth but not slippery, it is a dream to paint
and it won't wear out your brushes like so many
other primers. *
Our Panel Design:
||To protect a panel effectively, a
coating must seal the wood seamlessly,
protecting the front, back, and most
importantly, the porous edges of the
board. Unlike other art panels on the
market, ours are not painted in large
sheets and cut to size. Each of our
panels is individually primed to ensure
continuous coverage of all
surfaces. This insures their protection
from vapor loss and damage from oxygen
and UV radiation. Like all of our fine
panels, PRIMEWOOD™ and PRIMEWOOD
wood panels are designed to work better
and last longer. They accept paint from
your brush superbly, and will be more
durable and long lived than any other