Asked on Dec 12, 2018

How do I protect my 4x8 shop table?

Joy30150932Mona Blake2dogal


I have recently made a shop table with a 4x8 piece of plywood at the top. I have sanded it nicely, but want to put some kind of protection on as a cover. Oil or water based? Is there any product that will give a good strong surface with two or three coats?

7 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan
    Kelli L. Milligan
    on Dec 12, 2018

    Oil based polyurethane

  • Laura Cooper
    Laura Cooper
    on Dec 12, 2018

    Tobi, we used Formica on our shop tables. It's relatively easy to put on and withstands all kinds of abuse. You can often get remnant rolls at a countertop shop.

  • Landsharkinnc
    on Dec 12, 2018

    two part EPOXY ... but anything work you do on a 'SHOP' table is a potential scratch, gouge, burn, to the surface.

  • Lynn Sorrell
    Lynn Sorrell
    on Dec 12, 2018

    water based polyurethane oil base yellows over time

  • 2dogal
    on Dec 12, 2018

    Yes, you can use epoxy - which is bear to apply, but I'd use a few coats of good polyurethane. Make sure it drys thoroughly between coats. High gloss is stronger than flat.

  • Mona Blake
    Mona Blake
    on Dec 12, 2018

    I agree, high gloss epoxy, 3 coats.

  • Joy30150932
    on Dec 12, 2018

    I did mine with a high gloss enamel paint and it has held up beautifully.

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