I have a fish tank stand that's made of particle board, covered with
veneer to make it look like it's real wood. This veneer isn't
waterproof at all, so I'm hoping to water proof it, as well as change
the color. What would be the best way to approach this?
I'm thinking I first have to give it a good sanding to rough up the
veneer real good. Then I was thinking of spraying on two coats of oil
based flat black paint, followed by two coats of oil based urethane
from a spray can. Is there a better way of approaching this?
think spar varnish for the waterproofing. you can put it on top of paint.
don't forget the bottom of things, like shelves and legs.
particle board shouldn't be used around water. it swells and looses all it's
strength when it gets wet, and i've never seen a tank that eventually didn't
get water splashed around it.
The urethane is about the best you can do. Spar varnish isn't intended for
that purpose...it is formulated to be softer and flexible because -
surprise - it is made for use on sailboat spars and they do a lot of
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surprise. anything around a fish tank will get lots of humidity changes
(especially a wooden hood), and will swell and shrink, which is the same as
bending/flexing. granted, using mdf or plywood will minimize this, but i use
solid woods and tubafors for all the ones i build.
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