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Help with finsih wood for fish tank!

I am building a custom fish tank out of wood and am truing to find the best way to finish the wood so its completely waterproof. most sites suggest using a liquid rubber but i want to be able to show the woodgrain. I have thought of using a Salad bowl finish which is non toxic but I need up and more suggestions from people that know more than i do.

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My first choice would be a pre-catalyzed lacquer. It's not completely waterproof but can easily withstand the occasional spill. A more waterproof finish would be an oil based polyurethane however it may smell like paint for a month.
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An oil based film finish is your best bet, but be warned that no finish is 100% water proof. Some water will always find a way in. An oil based poly, like Steve mentioned, is a good way to go, but I think personally I'd use either a polyester or epoxy resin.

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Thank you for your replies I am considering some type of Apoxsee resin. I also came across parks super glaze. What do yo u think of that as a clear coat? It's pretty thick. And should be waterproof?!
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Thank you for your replies I am considering some type of Apoxsee resin. I also came across parks super glaze. What do yo u think of that as a clear coat? It's pretty thick. And should be waterproof?!
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Looking at it, it seems to be a standard epoxy resin, so I'd imagine its work pretty well. Should also be waterproof, provided its applied properly

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I am building a custom fish tank out of wood and am truing to find the best way to finish the wood so its completely waterproof. most sites suggest using a liquid rubber but i want to be able to show the woodgrain. I have thought of using a Salad bowl finish which is non toxic but I need up and more suggestions from people that know more than i do.

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Are you building a fsh tank out of wood? Or are you building a fish tank stand out of wood?

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I am building the complete fish us k out of wood. I have high capentry skills, I build furniture for clients all the time. This fish tank is actually for a customer. I lack in proper chemical finished.
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Sudes the back the top and the bottom are out of wood the front will be glass
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Just so you guys are clear on what I am actually building, it is basically a fish tank with cubbies "sections."There will be 6 inch holes going from each cubby so the fish can swim from Section to section and the customer can decorate each cubby a different style and color lighting. Which I will be inserting into the wood. I completely designed everything up using AutoCAD fill Traciann and all, but I'm stuck with how to waterproof the wood so the woodgrain whole show. I hate covering up the beauty of woodgrain.
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I appreciate all of your responses and import on the situation.
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How about fiberglass resin, without the fiberglass? I made a plywood fish tank once, but used the resin and fibers to seal theinside, then painted it in marine paint.
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