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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-10-2013, 10:04 PM
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As a former Depot employee and user, I would avoid the Dap K&B line around potential water. Its fine in dry apps though. I chose it to re-chaulk my tubsurround when I moved into my house to save money over the GE brand. It dissolved within a month. I had to buy the GE anyway. No problem since and that was 5 years ago.

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post #17 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-11-2013, 01:07 AM
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A laminate surface should be pretty waterproof. It's those edges you were talking about. So, yeah, just caulk them. You can get tinted caulk to lessen the eyesore.
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so base coat and then top coat of the spar urethane. Should I lightly sand it first?
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Ended up using outdoor acrylic paint to fix the dinged paint on my new to me stand.
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As it has been stated already, laminated flat surfaces of the stand are already completely waterproof. The only thing you have to be concerned about is the edges, i.e. seams in the laminate where water can get to the particle board.
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So I just paint the edges? I think I can make that look good. That way I don't have any issues with the urethane not sticking to the laminate and end up with an ugly stand.

So I plan on taping around the edges, lightly sand, and 2-3 coats of spar urethane. Sound good?
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You said the wood warped. If this is the case, and there's actually a gap between the wood and laminate, then you're going to need caulk. Urethane just won't cut it.

If you do caulk, remember that silicone caulk can't be painted, but acrylic latex caulk can.

If you go into your kitchen, or maybe bathroom, you'll likely find laminate, and there will probably be caulk at the back and side edges. Clearly, caulk is commonly used with laminate to keep water out. You can do it tastefully if you're careful.
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Yea the old stand warped. I bought another stand and wanted to prep it to prevent water damage.
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