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« on: January 31, 2006 11:05:44 PM »

I'm decoupaging an old card table (easier than replacing the nesty vinyl stuff it originally had), but I'm concerned about how well it will hold up to having hot and cold beverages sitting on it, not to mention possible spills and cleaning.  What would you guys recommend to seal it with?
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2006 12:49:51 PM »

A water proof varithane (sp?) would most likely work. It's usually available at most harware stores, craft stores and dept stores. Good Luck!
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2006 12:53:26 PM »

you can also use resin.
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2006 03:19:24 PM »

If it's a totally flat surface with any kind of a sort of lip around it (if you know what Im talking about) I think resin would work best.
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2006 04:44:08 PM »

resin is great and really durable, but trickier and more expensive than other options, so it depends on what's most important to you  Smiley  I agree that resin would give you the nicest finish if you're willing to put the expense and effort into it, but a quick lacquer would probably do just fine.  I've lacquered coasters with spray lacquer and had no problem with heat/cold.
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2006 06:11:10 PM »

I'm having a similar conundrum, and I considered polyuerethane varnish/finish. Has anyone here used that? Any thoughts?
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2006 08:19:51 PM »

..it depends on what you're decoupaging with, too.  If it's something printed on laserjet or anything that solvent will desolve you have to watch out or your pictures might melt!  Tongue

I'm having a similar conundrum, and I considered polyuerethane varnish/finish. Has anyone here used that? Any thoughts?

I recently used polyurethane to finish my floor and it worked fine - does that count?  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2006 10:09:59 PM »

Grrr I posted pretty much this same question and didnt get very many responses. I made a coffee table with Weekly World News Clippings using modpodge.  If things rest on it too long they get slightly stuck and any cups leave a white glue ring that disapears when it dries.  Im thinking of just using a varnish? Any success with that stuff? I also make paper mosaic pots that get *really* wet from time to time....still varnish?
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2006 11:42:17 PM »

..it depends on what you're decoupaging with, too.  If it's something printed on laserjet or anything that solvent will desolve you have to watch out or your pictures might melt!  Tongue

What about what I'm decoupaging them onto?  It's not just particle board under the nasty vinyl, it's metal.  (from the looks of it, it may once have been part of a set of lawn furniture).   I'm mostly worried that if I don't get the actual decoupage layer thick enough the varathane or whatever won't adhere properly to the surface of the table and eventually crack or something.  ( I was debating trying to decoupage onto thrift-store aluminum glasses to match, but I'm pretty sure that decoupage won't take kindly to condensation Sad )
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2006 08:01:11 AM »

..hmm..yeah, that's true, too, i hadn't thought of that as much.  With metal, you might even want to kind of...sand it, scuff it up, or whatever, so it adhered really well.  And there's a thread around here about using sticky vinyl to make glasses decals...it's like..martini monkeys or something...try checking that out.  Smiley
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