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Old 08-16-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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I need to paint a work bench that is white with the most durable, water resistant material available. Epoxy is too expensive (80 sqft). Should I use white floor paint or white enamel followed by clear polyurethane or multiple coats of exterior oil based ename...any suggestions?

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May want to post a picture and also let us in on what it's made of.
What type 'work bench" is this, a sewing table, craft bench, bench in a real work shop?

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Thank you for the quick reply, the tables are 3/4" MDF painted with about three coats of Kilz Latex. They are used in the floral industry so occasionally get wet. They work great; however I am looking for something less porous, considered Lexan, plexiglass, or auto curing epoxy. Polyurethane turns yellow so I am thinking floor, porch, garage floor enamel paint...any ideas?

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Any floor and porch enamel would be fine.
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If you decide to go over it once it's painted use Lexan not plexiglass.
Plexy will scratch to easy, tends to craze (forms hazy cracks) and can discolor.
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If you don't have money for a two part epoxy finish you do not have money for a sheet of lexan. If you are going to be cutting flower stems or dragging thorns over the surface, any plastic sheet is a poor choice. I would have a piece of glass cut.

Marty, your posts are contradictory to each other so you might want to clue us in for sure on whether something like an epoxy bar finish is or is not within your budget?

I would apply a couple coats of either Benjamin Moore oil based or water based Floor, Paint, and Patio paint. The waterbased might actually be a better choice. The oil based is urethane reinforced and water based is epoxy reinforced. They are not two part resin finishes though so are easy to apply. They are self-priming. The surface has to be properly prepped though.

You could also use any number of industrial and lab environment coatings specific to needs you may not have mentioned beyond water repelency. Glance at the data sheets for the majors like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams and also at US Coatings, 3M and US Coating Solutions, etc.

Plan on regular maintenance on any surface you put on a workbench though.

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THANK YOU very much, sorry for the confusion, with the amount of surface area the Lexan and two part epoxy were cost prohibitive. Plexiglass...understood, would scratch easily with thorns, knives, etc. I'll check out your suggestions! Thank you again.

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