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Forum topic by LifesGood1 posted 08-12-2010 03:38 AM 2640 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LifesGood1

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08-12-2010 03:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question finish durable outdoor game finishing

I have just made a portable washers set out of multiply and used Exterior 450 water-based finish on it. I thought 7 coats would be tough enough to handle the abuse of tossing metal washers at it. On a trial game, I was terribly wrong. Every time the washer hit the wood, a big dent would form. If the washer hit the edge of the ply, it would chip. Obviously, 7 coats of Exterior 450 will not stand up to the abuse of washers. What type of finish would you recommend I use to keep the game box in one piece and looking pretty for years to come?

-- Jerod, Austin


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#1 posted 08-12-2010 04:50 AM

I’d recommend a thick epoxy finish. It creates a barrier that looks like plastic. In my opinion, it is ugly, but it is also very durable. It’s also a pain to apply.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 03:49 AM

You could also try Behlen’s RockHard table top varnish. It is supposed to be very durable, but I’m not sure it’s quite up to the level of a nice thick epoxy finish.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#3 posted 08-14-2010 04:23 AM

kevlar cloth and epoxy

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#4 posted 08-14-2010 04:50 AM

I’m not sure what multiply is exactly, but if you have anything less than the absolute thickest and hardest film finishes, you need to make sure that your actual wood material is hard as well.

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 05:18 PM

Uhhhh…...What’s wrong with this picture. You have wood and are throwing metal objects at it. You don’t want it (the wood) to scratch or dent.
Bill

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 05:29 PM

I’ve used a floor finining product called Dura Seal.
Very tough.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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