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Forum topic by holt8137 posted 11-16-2015 08:15 PM 495 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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holt8137

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11-16-2015 08:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finish paint seal

Hi all. A while back I built a drawing table of sorts for my kiddos. Turned out great for the most part. However, the only issue i’ve seen is the finish I used is highly susceptible to stains from your everyday washable crayola markers and the like. If not wiped away fairly quick, the marks set in and are permanent. I used your typical polyurethane in an aerosol can on top of brushed-on exterior grade latex paint. Image below.

Now I’m making a new one for one of my buddies who’s having his first kid next month. I would like for this one to not be so easily marred. Any suggestions as to what may be more resistant to marker stains? Pic of new table below. Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Holt


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Slemi

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#1 posted 11-17-2015 06:47 AM

First You have to ask yourself if You are sure, You don’t want to have kids marks on table. Ususaly it is prefered for projects like this to have some kids marks on.

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#2 posted 11-17-2015 05:46 PM

If it were me, I think I’d use a grain sealer before painting to make sure you get everything sealed up well. I’m by no means a finishing expert, but I would think that a glossy poly would be a good topcoat. I think I’d go with a wipe-on or brush on and build it up thick.

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#3 posted 11-18-2015 12:13 AM



First You have to ask yourself if You are sure, You don t want to have kids marks on table. Ususaly it is prefered for projects like this to have some kids marks on.

- Slemi

An interesting question. I can see where you’re coming from. Perhaps some kid-inspired ‘character’ would be good. My main concern is the over-adventurous 2 year old that gets hold of the table with no paper and goes to town.


If it were me, I think I d use a grain sealer before painting to make sure you get everything sealed up well. I m by no means a finishing expert, but I would think that a glossy poly would be a good topcoat. I think I d go with a wipe-on or brush on and build it up thick.

- HokieKen

Thanks for the tips. I got a bit before it needs to be done. 2 or 3 weeks max. I’ll continue to research. Grain sealer seem to be a good addition.

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#4 posted 11-18-2015 02:47 AM



First You have to ask yourself if You are sure, You don t want to have kids marks on table. Ususaly it is prefered for projects like this to have some kids marks on.

- Slemi

Got to agree with you here. This is not a museum piece ya know? If they are scribbling on the table chances are they are NOT scribbling on other things. We we hope anyway, my children can be extremely unpredictable at times.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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