not sure what finish to put on the wood for bathroom towel rack I am making.

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Forum topic by Jeffery Mullen posted 12-08-2012 06:51 AM 1282 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeffery Mullen

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12-08-2012 06:51 AM

Plan on cutting a African blood wood board that I have and making some towel racks out of it for our shower towels to hang on after we shower and was wondering what would make the wood look good and keep the water out from the towel drying. What would I put on the wood to coat it or protect it. I want something clear so the wood can be seen. Thanks much Jeff M.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#1 posted 12-08-2012 12:43 PM

Not a good idea to hang wet towels on wood, regardless of finish, expecting no reaction. If you’re gonna do it anyway, consider a wood that will hold up, like ipe, white oak, or cedar, without a finish.

-- 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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#2 posted 12-08-2012 02:34 PM

Bloodwood would hold up well in that application. I would use a spar varnish or polyurethane several coats of either.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 12-08-2012 03:08 PM

I would use General Finishes, Outdoor Oil.

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#4 posted 12-08-2012 03:36 PM

Hay guys,

I made a walnut storage unit for our own bathroom about 2 years ago, and finished it with a standard ac lacquer. Haven’t had any problems with it (as of yet!!!).

Hope this helps.


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#5 posted 12-08-2012 03:56 PM

definitely want to close all the pours or mold and mildew will grow. I didn’t check you location but if you have any humidity it will start growing mold. I would close it up with polyurethane. The more it costs the more poly (plastic) there will be in the finish so it will usually be harder and better.

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#6 posted 12-08-2012 04:06 PM

marine varnish?

-- Joel

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Jeffery Mullen

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#7 posted 12-10-2012 07:23 AM

Wow thanks guys I haven’t made my cuts for it yet but now I have a idea on what to buy for a finish to put on the towel racks and I will put 2-3 coats of it on. Thanks again.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#8 posted 12-10-2012 10:17 AM


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#9 posted 12-10-2012 10:38 AM

If you’re thinking of spar or marine varnish read this.

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#10 posted 12-10-2012 12:33 PM

General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. Don’t mess with anything else.

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