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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-10-2013, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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Any ideas on making a petco stand water resistant??

I don't have many resources here in Hawaii, nor do I have the resources to make my own stand. I bought the Fluval Accent Stand from Petco based on it's aesthetics. After some water spilled unnoticed, the top completely warped and the laminate peeled off. I'm able to replace the stand with a new one, but want to try anything to make the stand more water resistant. Any ideas?

So far I've thought of having a glass top made but thought water could still creep underneath the glass. Then I thought if I spray painted a clear coat along with a glass top I may be okay, but wanted to brainstorm any other options.
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refinish it with an epoxy coat or such could work.
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have a link on a product?
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Sorry, not thinking right. Polyurethane was what I was thinking or any other waterproofing finish.
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Thanks for the reply, but do you have a link to product that would work?
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Btw this is for a laminated finished surface. The edges of the top absorbed the water warping the wood.
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spar urethane (a type of polyurethane) is the best. it is used for trim and such in bathrooms and what not.
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They sell an all-surface hydrophobic protectant spray at home depot. I believe 3m makes it.

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They sell an all-surface hydrophobic protectant spray at home depot. I believe 3m makes it.

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I was looking at those. I'm under the impression they're not permanent and will eventually rub off.
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They last a good while unless you wash the surface regularly. Wouldn't hurt to give it a try!

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Is that similar to the rustoleum Never Wet?
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You could also try Ultra Ever-Dry, its hydrophobic, but its more of a stain than a coating.

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I think I'm going with the spar urethane. Do I need to prep the laminate or just paint it on?
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I think I'm going with the spar urethane. Do I need to prep the laminate or just paint it on?
I just used the spar urethane for my diy stands just this morning. I will be posting the final pics of the stands tonight or tomorrow after they dry. The construction pics are in the DIY thread so you will be able to see what it looks like. Use my sig for a quick link.

I chose the spar after reading the label. Its an indoor/outdoor urethane that protects against moisture and water. Right up an aquarium stand's aisle. With a laminate I would think you lay down a base coat and then apply another after it dries.

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Any of those clear finishes are a good idea, but also make sure that the water cannot creep between parts of the stand and enter the wood through a spot you cannot paint or stain. You might need to caulk those types of joints first to stop the water flowing in that direction.
Mask where you want to caulk and use a clear silicone just like we use for the tanks. 'Window and Door' is fine, 'Kitchen and Bath' is good, too, for stands. K & B is not for inside the tanks. Dap and GE are the 2 product lines I see the most about.
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