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Forum topic by Croikee posted 04-17-2021 02:39 PM 321 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Croikee

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04-17-2021 02:39 PM

I’m making a table to slide over my daughter’s (2 1/2 yrs old) lap as she sits on her potty, learning to potty train. This process has been a challenge for her, so we’ve found letting her play with toys, etc, helps. I built a prototype last night and she loved it. Now I want to build the real thing.

My question is, what finish would be best? She loves playdoh and slime, so I need a durable finish that also won’t let some of those items penetrate the wood before we can wipe it off. My only two thoughts are epoxy table top or Arm R Seal from GF.

Open to thoughts, pictures of the prototype are below. Thank you!

PS – you can see the slime residue on the prototype, that is what I’d like to avoid as much as possible, if at all possible.


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SMP

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#1 posted 04-17-2021 03:20 PM

Well, probably as important as finish is either using wood with no/minimal open grain and/or using a grain filler. After that I would use Arm r seal.

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#2 posted 04-17-2021 03:44 PM



Well, probably as important as finish is either using wood with no/minimal open grain and/or using a grain filler. After that I would use Arm r seal.

- SMP

I know maple has minimal open grain, what about some other good woods for building, that also look nice?

I have a grain filler, but it is water based. Can I use a WB grain filler then put Arm R Seal over it?

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#3 posted 04-17-2021 03:49 PM

My daughter just said she wants it to be the colors of the rainbow, so that got me thinking about GF Enduro Poly tinted. Could I do that, and then cover it with a final top coat of Enduro Clear Poly?

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#4 posted 04-17-2021 06:22 PM

+1 Close grained wood.

Slime is made from Polyvinyl, just like wood glue.
Not to mention cleaning solvents needed after tables use
So you need a chemical resistant finish on this table.

Suggest Formica or WilsonArt laminate as best option?

If you insist on using film coating to finish, use a catalyzed top coat.

Suggest using Transtint dyes to paint your design on the closed pore wood (Maple). Can also air brush artists acrylic paints onto maple, sealed with 1lb cut of shellac before hand.

Then top coat with solvent based commercial 2K poly or post catalyzed CV finish. Another option is one of the catalyzed floor finishes like BONA Traffic, or something similar designed for gym flooring.

Yes, chemical protection requires a lot of work.

Laminate is much faster, and likely cheaper. Catalyzed top coats sell by gallon, and 1 gallon will cost more than 4×8 sheet of Wilson Art 'Kids' pattern laminate.

Best Luck.

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#5 posted 04-18-2021 12:27 PM

a sheet of thin plexiglass from the Box Store would work well until she grows out of it.
and she could put her own drawings and pictures under the plastic and change them out at her whim.
a small screw in each corner would hold it in place. easy to remove and take outside to wash with the hose.
(the plexi – not the kid – - – - or, maybe the kid too).

and easy to scoop up the goop with a spatula

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#6 posted 04-18-2021 01:15 PM



My daughter just said she wants it to be the colors of the rainbow, so that got me thinking about GF Enduro Poly tinted. Could I do that, and then cover it with a final top coat of Enduro Clear Poly?

- Croikee

Enduro Poly is a waterborne finish, so you should be able to tint it with most dyes. Whether it will give you the look you want is questionable, but you can apply the tinted Enduro, and then top coat that with the untinted if you want.

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