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Re: Stand & Canopy Finish
On Sat, 11 Sep 1999, James Purchase wrote:
> While in Home Depot this afternoon, I spent some time reading the fine print
> on several cans of polyurethanes. My earlier comments against the use of
> water based finishes on aquarium hoods and stands may need to be adjusted -
> I did say that finishing technology was rapidly changing. One brand - Flecto
> Varathane Elite Diamond Outdoor Finish is a water based coating which
> _claims_ to last twice as long as an oil based finish (i.e. a spar varnish).
> It also claims superior UV resistance. Being water based, it would cause a
> lot less smell during application and it also dries faster. Don't know if I
> believe all of the claims, but the label does dicuss the fact that a lot of
> chemical engineering went into the formulation. YMMV.
This is an EXCELLENT finish for tank stands or canopies. Extremely water
resistant, very little smell, easy clean-up. The only downside is that
for "wood purists" it tends to look like the stand has been dipped in
plastic. I've used this for nearly all my aquarium cabinetry.
erik at thekrib dot com