Finish for plywood beach toy?

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Forum topic by Elizabeth posted 178 days ago 335 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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178 days ago

I’m going to make some sand combs for some two year olds. Like these, more or less.

I’m a finishing novice. Does anyone have suggestions for a finish that would achieve the following? The material will probably be 1/4” plywood.

1) Not sticky or tacky when applied to plywood by a novice

2) Gives a small/reasonable amount of protection from moisture (wet sand mostly, not immersion in water hopefully)

3) Non toxic if slightly gnawed on – the kids are mostly out of the Eat Everything stage but there are always some setbacks


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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 178 days ago

Paint them with fun colors in gloss acrylic wall paint. You can get sample jars of Behr paint in any color for a few bucks at HomeDepot.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#2 posted 178 days ago

salad bowl oil or food grade mineral oil; both options coated with very small amount of melted beeswax applied with a rag.


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#3 posted 169 days ago

Sorry for the lack of response…life with a toddler, you know.

Will gloss acrylic wall paint hold up to damp sand and possible chewing? I know my kid won’t chew it but I’m not sure about the other kids.

Painting appeals to me because of the bright color possibilities (and less chance of combs being left behind in the sand pit) but I want to make sure it’s safe.

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#4 posted 169 days ago

Spray lacquer would be fairly easy and provide decent protection from incidental moisture (no submersion, like you said) contact.

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