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gfadvm

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03-10-2012 12:35 AM

I just built a 4’x6’ assembly/finishing table and am covering it with MDF. What would be best to seal it to keep glue, finish, etc from sticking to it? Thanks in advance.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm


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DonnyBahama

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#1 posted 03-10-2012 12:42 AM

Hi, Andy! I think what most people do is top it off with a sacrificial sheet of 1/8th inch Masonite.

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#2 posted 03-10-2012 12:49 AM

Johnson’s Paste Wax, cheap and works well.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Clint Searl

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#3 posted 03-10-2012 01:14 AM

Varathane waterborne poly for floors.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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Howie

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#4 posted 03-10-2012 01:21 AM

I used poly on mine then like Mike says,Wax it.

-- Life is good.

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#5 posted 03-10-2012 01:23 AM

I use water based poly – often whatever is in the can from projects. About once a year, I scrape it down and give it a fresh coat.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 03-10-2012 01:26 AM

Mike, The wax would be easiest but I was comcerned that MDF will just soak up wax like a sponge? No finish under the wax? Donnie, Glad to hear you’re up right and taking air.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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bugz

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#7 posted 03-10-2012 01:29 AM

Andy, I have alot of mdf counter tops in my shop and I put a couple coats of poly on it. You can hit any glue stuck to it, after it drys, with a puddy knife and it peels up. The nice thing about poly is you can scuff it up, hit it with a sander and recoat it and it looks like new. I have built several roll around tool boxes and I put a piece of 1/4” hard masonite on top, so it is easily replaced. Also coated that with poly. Then just plain old johnson floor wax.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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lizardhead

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#8 posted 03-10-2012 01:31 AM

I covered mine with a clear sheet of Plexiglas, I just use a 1-1/4” chisel to remove any glue, trust me I use it a lot

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#9 posted 03-10-2012 01:37 AM

I know both water base poly, Johnsons paste wax are gr8. glue comes right off. @lizardhead: plexi? hummm sounds interesting.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 03-10-2012 02:11 AM

Thaks for all the quick input. I guess poly won the contest. Now, how many coats should I apply? I think I’ll use water based as I have some that I will never use otherwise (and it should dry quicker).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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vonhagen

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#11 posted 03-10-2012 02:32 AM

you could use formica and just contact cement it on and nothing will stick to it but you must use a backer on the other side so it wont warp. my main work bench is 1 3/4×6 poplar frame with 3/4 mdf with standard grade formica and i just use saw horses and level it with shims and it also works on the floor as a nice level flat surface to mock up large pieces. never use wax on your work surface as it will transfer to your wood and screw up your finish

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 03-10-2012 03:02 AM

Hey Blaine, My workbench is covered with Formica and I love it but don’t want to spend $50 to cover this table so Polyacrylic looks like the plan for tomorrow.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Roger

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#13 posted 03-10-2012 04:03 AM

I’d say at least 3. my $.02

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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vonhagen

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#14 posted 03-10-2012 04:33 AM

go poly

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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Helkat

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#15 posted 03-10-2012 02:43 PM

I used Spar urethane on mine, about 3 coats as is got sucked in pretty good by the mdf. At the time I was in a basement that flooded regularly, and I was concerned about it sucking up moisture and expanding over time so I did all sides.

Still holding up good for me.

-- Nat, UPstate NY, http://www.cordlessimpactdriverhq.com/

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