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Forum topic by Gixxerjoe04 posted 12-23-2015 08:18 PM 500 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gixxerjoe04

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12-23-2015 08:18 PM

My buddy opened up a gym recently and asked if I’d build him a couple benches for his bathrooms. Doesn’t seem like a tough project except for the finish. It’s going to be in the bathroom, so sweaty people, or people who showered will probably be sitting on it. Was plan on doing the same thing the wood whisperer did for his outdoor bench. Clear penetrating epoxy and then epifanes marine varnish, figure if it’s good enough for outside use it should work fine for a bathroom. When I went to price the stuff, not sure exactly how much I’d need for 2, 4 foot benches, thinking quart of each of the epoxy and a pint of gloss and pint of matte epifanes. Well for that much it’d run like $150, which is pretty darn expensive. Was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of a good finish that isn’t going to break the bank?


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#1 posted 12-23-2015 08:56 PM

Just use a good water borne polyurethane finish, several coats will provide great water proof finish. Just don’t put the benches outside, you need the UV protection of spar varnish for sunny locations.

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#2 posted 12-23-2015 08:57 PM

Untinted paint. It’s exterior rated, so moisture resistant and durable as, well, paint. Best of all, it’s a lot cheaper. It looks all the world like varnish when applied (the oil based) and I’ve used it on window sills that had windows that got left open in the rain on occasion. If you go with the waterborne untinted paint, the 2 I’ve seen (SW A 100, and Olympic premium exterior) they are actually almost water clear. I’m sure they would do as well, but I can’t say from first hand use. More info on this here.

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#3 posted 12-23-2015 09:25 PM

Is there any protection difference between oil and water based polyurethane? Any suggestions/links of good stuff? Have only used minwax poly before.

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#4 posted 12-23-2015 09:39 PM

Used some Basic Coatings waterborne floor finish (Emulsion Satin) on my shop cabinets then topped that with wax. Hard, durable and resists moisture and oils. Dries clear as any finish I’ve ever used.

Had a gallon left over from refinishing my floors and figured I’d give it a try. I thinned the first few coats – about 50/50 with water. Sanded between coats to get rid of the fuzz and then went full strength. It lays down really well and self-levels nicely.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#5 posted 12-23-2015 10:51 PM

I would consider the cleaning products/disinfectants that will be used as far as durability of the finish also, as a manager of a tennis/health club at one time, they use ”’ industrial grade”’!!!!

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#6 posted 12-23-2015 11:20 PM

Hey, Joe, take a look at the Bona floor finishes. HTH

-- Art

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#7 posted 12-23-2015 11:40 PM

Conifur, didn’t even think of that, glad you did haha.

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#8 posted 12-24-2015 02:02 AM

It’s the reason Art and I suggested a floor finish. They’re designed to stand up to harsh conditions that furniture doesn’t usually endure. I used it on my shop cabinets for those reasons. Floor finishes are more durable and can withstand moisture and chemicals better than furniture finishes.

Guess you can also go with a marine/spar varnish too.


Conifur, didn t even think of that, glad you did haha.

- Gixxerjoe04


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#9 posted 12-24-2015 02:07 AM

Thanks for the advice. The bona traffic hd sounds like it’d be perfect. Sucks it’s still $120 but you get a gallon of the stuff, def wouldn’t need that much but that’s the smallest I saw. Seems like it’d at least be pretty easy to apply compared to the other stuff.

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#10 posted 12-24-2015 02:09 AM

Picture this. Naked dudes sitting on your bench. Sand it well my friend. Sand it well.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#11 posted 12-24-2015 02:19 AM

Haha. Would you all suggest using a rot resistant wood, or would it matter much with this finish? Originally was gonna use walnut but after reading into it, changed to white oak for being rot resistant and for being strong stuff.

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#12 posted 12-24-2015 02:25 AM

Basic Coatings Emulsion


Thanks for the advice. The bona traffic hd sounds like it d be perfect. Sucks it s still $120 but you get a gallon of the stuff, def wouldn t need that much but that s the smallest I saw. Seems like it d at least be pretty easy to apply compared to the other stuff.

- Gixxerjoe04


-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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