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Old 01-29-2011, 04:36 AM   #1
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Sealing wood in my DIY stand

Is it safe to use Thompsons clear multisurface water sealer? I called them and they said yes, but the can says exterior only and I don't want an odor in the house or in the tank.

Has anyone used it?

If Thompson's is not appropriate, what have you used successfully?
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:56 AM   #2
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I wouldn't think that it would harm your fish, so long as it doesn't get into the water. Post a picture when your done so we can see your work.
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Why do you think it won't be an issue?

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Old 01-29-2011, 10:09 AM   #5
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Most water resistant finishes will be made for outdoor use. And all of them will stink if you do it inside. I'm waiting to build my cabinets til the spring so I can finish them outside. I've tried inside and it's just not good. The smell stays around forever. Even after finishing they will still smell for a while until they completely cure.

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I plan to apply it outside and store in the garage till it cures. I have a whole week till it goes in its final place. I planned to do the application today.

So you're saying that after the cure period, you don't think I should notice an odor?

How long are you thinking it takes to cure fully?
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It really depends on how much you apply in coats, the humidity or dryness of the air in your area. Some finishes will take longer. Thompsons is used mostly for decks so it's usually outside.

When building mine I plan on using the water resistant finishes by minwax. A little more expensive but a much better finish. I think it will hold up better than Thompsons. I believe it's called Spar Urethane.

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I'm not concerned with finish. This is a stand for a built in wall unit, so it will be covered by a decorative face. Do you think the Thompson's will serve my purpose of just protecting the wood closest to the sump or should I consider alternatives?
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Oops...I thought you were building the cabinet. It should be fine for the stand.

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What you also have to consider is condensation contamination. When the sump water evaporates and condenses on the surfaces inside the stand, if it drips back into the sump, it could pick up unwanted chemicals used in the water treatment and pollute your water with it. If you have some sort of air circulation inside the sump to pull the excess moisture outside the stand then it shouldn't be an issue.

On the inside of my stand, I used liquid acrylic to coat all surfaces that would be directly above the sump to prevent the contamination.
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