I'm planning on buying a fish tank stand cabinet that's made of particle
board and MDF coated with that fake wood looking veneer. However, I don't
want to ruin the cabinet with an accidental water splash, so I would like to
protect it somehow. I'm guessing the best way would be to urethane
everything. So I'm looking for input on how to go about this or if there's
better things to try. I've urethaned tons of wood furniture, etc. before,
so that's not my problem. However, I'm especially concerned about the fact
that I'm urethaning things that have a tendency to get ruined when
to liquid. How can I urethane the fake wood veneer, as well as raw
particle board and MDF without causing it to bubble up, etc. What products
should I use? Maybe spray can stuff? Water, oil based?
Thank you very much for any help,
Because if it already has a plastic foil surface it's already water
resistant. The only point where you possibly could improve that would
be at edges where the bare MDF/particle board is visible.
Since this group is rec.woodworking why not build a wooden stand?
Maybe we're not talking about exactly the same thing. I'm referring to the
stuff that most furniture that you get, say from Walmart, would be covered
in. I'm not sure if it's plastic or not, but it does have the printed wood
pattern on it.
However, I know from experience that if you leave a puddle of water on these
for longer than a few hours, the particle board starts to bubble. My
bubbling was right in the middle of the wood, not near any edges. That's
the kind of damage I would like to protect against. There's also the
particle board at the back edges that I want to protect and the
inside has some MDF that I want to protect also. So I'm just
looking for input on how to urethane all of these three types of surfaces
without them bubbling or doing anything funny on me.
Harry, the polyurethane shouldn't cause any problems, but
try a spot first just to be sure.
It should help but obviously won't make a silk purse out of
a sows ear. But you already knew that :)
If any water can get to the edges, pay particular attention
to them and use enough coats of polyurethane to be sure it's
I believe you will have better results in your application
with an oil based poly instead of a water based poly.
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