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Sealing And Waterproofing Wood

Discussion in 'General Construction' started by commander1337, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. commander1337

    commander1337 Active Member

    I've used marine resin/fiberglass but its so expensive do you guys think bathtub epoxy paint like the one pictured would work/be safe?

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  2. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    You need to check the chemicals it contains and whether it`s safe when completely dry.
  3. commander1337

    commander1337 Active Member

    Tried looking it up but couldnt find much i figure if its a product for a bathtub it has to be safe for human skin contact after curing but im not positive
  4. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Contact the company. Rustoleum does have some safe products but I'm not sure on this one.
    One point though is that aerosol sprays make a very thin coating and you would need quite a few to build up a waterproof layer.
  5. dp428

    dp428 Established Member

    I really like to recommend shellac for waterproofing the wood, if you put on like 2-3 coats it is completely organic. it is made from bugs that almost act like a sap on trees its is completely harmless. My Savannah has been living in there with for a year now and he has had no issues at all.
  6. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    One thing I'm certain of is Shellac is not completely organic. It is mixed with ethanol and methanol. If it was just 100% shellac from the insects it would not cure and dry hard.
    It would be one of those products I would steer away from for an enclosed habitat. I'm not saying it's not safe, just that there's safer products.
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  7. Pmaynard69

    Pmaynard69 New Member

    No one figured out the best to use :( I'm doing a ball option cage and am wondering g the same thing.
  8. Kolby Tannehill

    Kolby Tannehill Well-Known Member

    I would lay down linoleum, it helps to cover the area, after that take a non toxic silicon and fill in all the edges and where you staple it down.
  9. Pmaynard69

    Pmaynard69 New Member

    Never thougot of that thanks
  10. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    You still need to seal the wood. The standard product is minwax polycrylic. Even if you put down linoleum, if there is a scratch and it gets punctured your wood will decay.
  11. Kolby Tannehill

    Kolby Tannehill Well-Known Member

    I would keep a extra tube of non toxic silicon for the holes made in the linoleum, thanks Merlin I did not think about that.
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