Coloured MDF

Through-Coloured MDF

Through Coloured MDF

Coloured MDF is made in a similar way to normal MDF, except that pigments are mixed with the wood fibres before the board is pressed to make it 100% through-coloured. MDF produced using this process offers a uniform coloured piece of wood, equally resistant to daylight and to artificial light.

Articles produced using coloured MDF will only require a clear finish to seal the surface once the panels have been given a finishing sand. This will bring out the full colour, which is integrated into the very fibres of the panel.

Every care is taken to ensure the colour of an individual panel is within internal controls. This product is manufactured using a process of dyeing natural wood wood fibres however and therefore variations in colour or hue may occur, as the wood fibres take up varying amounts of the dye - much as is the case with dyed veneers. Use of panels from the same batch of a single thickness along with careful selection before incorporation into the finished article will offer the best possibility of achieving uniformity of colour throughout.

Standard colour range

Due to be discontinued

Colour Extra (moisture resistant, deep rout): This coloured MDF is dyed with organic pigments. It is not only moisture resistant, but also has excellent deep rout properties and mechanical resistance around 30% higher than standard MDF panels. It can be cut & shaped in great detail using standard woodworking tools. The high melamine content in the makeup of the panel acts as a lubricant, and offers an extremely high level of performance, giving this coloured MDF panel excellent machining properties.

Colour PUR (no added formeldahyde): This is a coloured MDF that is produced with no added formaldehyde in the resins used to bond the fibres together. This panel therefore emits no more formaldehyde than raw natural wood. It is made with standard dyes and can be supplied in single, full pallet quantities of panel size 2620x2070mm.

Colour PUR-F (fire retardant, no added formaldehyde): This is a black, zero formaldehyde fire retardant coloured MDF panel - no formaldehyde is added to the resins used to bond the fibres - produced using standard dyes to colour the panel right throughout its core. This panel achieves a rating of EN 13501 Class B-s2,d0 and can be supplied in single pallets of 16mm (28 sheets) & 19mm (24 sheets) in panel size 2800x2070mm.

Colour FR-B (fire retardant, moisture resistant, deep rout): This panel is a fire retardant coloured MDF available to special order in  8mm, 12mm, 16mm & 19mm thickness in a wide range of colours. This panels can be supplied in a relatively small minimum production quantity of 10m3 per item (= 526m2 @ 16mm). This fire resistant coloured MDF product achieves a fire reaction rating of EN 13501 Class B-s2,d0, in addition to offering the characteristics of Colour Extra.

Colour Standard: This is a black coloured MDF that can be cut and profiled like a normal MDF panel. It is used whenever a low-cost, self-coloured finish is required without the added characteristics of deep-rout, moisture resistant, no added formaldehyde, or fire resistance. It is produced using standard dyes and, as the production process can sometimes result in undyed fibres and/or blotchy marks across the face, this panel is recommended mainly for laminating, veneering or other further surface coating.

Further surfacing:

All coloured MDF panel types can all be overlaid with our full range of veneers, high pressure laminates (HPL), and other surface coatings, for instance linoleum for use as counter tops.

The possibilities are endless:

CNC and hand controlled routers, spindle moulders or other power tools may be used with Colour Extra in order to produce stunning, colourful products, as can be seen from the images above. These patterns (along with any viable special design you can create) can be supplied pre-machined in their raw state, or we can supply them prefinished if preferred.

Virtually any pattern can be produced from a CAD drawing in single or multiple sheets of this high-grade coloured MDF, and some examples of our range of sculptured panels to show what can be achieved are shown below.

Coloured MDF: Green MDF in Matrix pattern Coloured MDF: Black, Red & Yellow MDF in Mesh pattern Coloured MDF: Yellow MDF in Reed pattern Coloured MDF: Brown MDF in Ripple pattern Coloured MDF: Blue MDF in Scarab pattern Coloured MDF: Red MDF in Weave pattern Coloured MDF: Black MDF with Red & Yellow MDF in Spiral pattern Coloured MDF: Red MDF on Yellow MDF in Crinkle pattern

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Colour Extra - supplied in less than full pallet quantities: delivery in size 2500x1250mm generally within 2 days


Thk 2500x1250mm 2500x1850mm 3750x1250mm 3750x2500mm
8mm *90 60 50 25
12mm *60 40 40 20
16mm *45 30 30 15
19mm *39 26 26 13
22mm *36 20 20 10
25mm *30 20 20 80
30mm *27 14 16 8

Items marked * generally available for immediate delivery in less than full pallet quantities in all colours,
except grey, orange & violet, which are currently produced in a limited number of thicknesses.

Other sizes generally available in pallet quantities in approximately one week.

Colour PUR - single pallets per item: delivery in approximately one week


Thk 2620x2070mm 4100x2070mm    
10mm 44 -    
16mm 28 15    
19mm 24 15    
25mm 18 10    

Immediate delivery of black in all sizes and all other colours in size 19mm 2620x2070mm (others to special order).

Colour PUR-F - single pallets per item: delivery in approximately one week (only available in black)


Thk 2620x2070mm      
10mm 44      
16mm 28      
19mm 24      
25mm 18      

Immediate delivery of black in 16mm & 19mm - 10mm & 25mm to special order.

Colour FRB - minimum four pallets per item: to special order


Thk 2500x1250mm 2500x1850mm 3750x1250mm 3750x2500mm
8mm 90 60 50 25
12mm 60 40 40 20
16mm 45 30 30 15
19mm 39 26 26 13


Colour Standard - supplied in less than full pallet quantities: delivery within 2 days (only available in black)


Thk 2500x1250mm      
10mm 80      
16mm 45      
19mm 42      

All items generally available for immediate delivery in less than full pallet quantities - black only

Advantages of coloured MDF - general:

Additional advantages - Colour Extra & Colour FRB:

Additional advantages - Colour PUR & Colour PUR-F:

FSC / PEFC Certification:

Winwood Products is a supplier of FSC Certified coloured MDF and/or PEFC Certified coloured MDF.

These certification systems allow you to purchase wood-based products safe in the knowledge that they have been sensibly and sustainably managed all along the supply path from when the tree was cut down from the forest, right to the point they arrive with you.

To find out more go to out more go to our FAQS

Examples of the boards in use:

Technical specification (Colour Extra):

Thickness: 8mm 12mm 16mm 19mm 22mm 25mm 30mm Standard
Formeldehyde level - dry (mg/100g): ≤8 ≤8 ≤8 ≤8 ≤8 ≤8 ≤8 EN 120
Bending strength (N/mm): 42 40 38 38 36 36 36 EN 310
Modulus of elasticity (N/mm): 3400 3200 3100 3100 3000 3000 3000 EN 310
Thickness swell (%) - in 24 hours: 12 10 8 8 8 7 7 EN 317
Internal bond (N/mm): 0.80 0.80 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 EN 319
Thickness swell (%) - after cyclic test*: 19 16 15 15 15 15 15 EN 321
Internal bond (N/mm) - after cyclic test*: 0.30 0.25 0.20 0.20 0.15 0.15 0.15 EN 321
Average density (Kg/m): 850 820 800 790 770 750 740 EN 323
Average weight (Kg/m): 6.80 9.84 12.80 15.01 16.94 18.75 22.20 EN 323

*Cyclic test carried out according to BS EN 321
(In water for 70hrs 1 @ 20C 1 ... in freezer for 24hrs 1 @ -12 to-25 C ... in oven for 70hrs 1 @ 70C 2)

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