Protecting wooden towel racks from wet towels

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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 07-03-2011 10:59 AM 1743 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2011 10:59 AM

I am in the process of finishing some Mickey Mouse head towel hangers for a friend. The towle hangers are made of poplar with poplar shaker pegs in them. My friend will be painting them to match the bathroom but she is concerned with the water and moisture. Should I seal the hangers first before painting? What can be done to prevent them from warping and cracking?

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#1 posted 07-04-2011 04:50 AM

A couple coats of a GOOD latex gloss or semi-gloss should be all the protection you would need.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 07-04-2011 08:47 AM

I have a long, oak towel rod in our master bath and it has been fine for at least 7 years. I gave it four coats of spar polyurethane and the wet towels and steam from the shower haven’t touched it yet.

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 01:32 AM

You can use epoxy to seal before paint. The epoxy gets thinned out with iso-alcohol to any viscosity desired and seal the wood entirely. Coat until it stops soaking it up.

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#4 posted 07-18-2011 03:04 AM

Seal with shellac, then paint.

If you don’t have shellac on hand I wouldn’t buy a can for such a
small project, but it does work really well as an undercoat and
moisture barrier when topcoated with something else.

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