Painting Marine Plywood

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Forum topic by sundance01 posted 09-15-2015 07:41 PM 867 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2015 07:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plywood painting waterproofing marine plywood sanding


I’m making a table out of a 5’ x 10’ sheet of marine plywood. I’ll be using the table for all kinds of things, including serving drinks and food and probably the occasional drinking game. I’m expecting lots of spills, so it needs to be as water resistant as possible.

I’d like to paint it, but I’m a beginner to woodworking, so I’m not quite sure how to proceed. What kind of paint should I use? Do I need to sand it first? Should I apply some kind of coating after painting?

Any thoughts would be very much appreciated!

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#1 posted 09-16-2015 04:47 PM

Marine plywood is waterproof. I would suggest using a marine acrylic enamel paint and a coat of wax on top.

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#2 posted 09-16-2015 04:55 PM

First of all I wouldn’t spend the money for marine plywood for something that wasn’t going to be immersed in water. The only difference between marine and normal plywood is that marine is free of voids and in a table a few small voids won’t hurt you. The glues are the same. If I needed ten feet, I’d scarf it.
For absolute waterproof-ness I would apply a couple of coats of System Three S1 Sealer. After that you can finish however you like for appearance. The wood will never get wet.

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