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Workbench Top Paint

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by Pster, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. Jun 26, 2009 at 7:46 AM
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    Pster

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    I found a great local steel processing center that is doing a few small jobs for me. One of them is cutting a 1/4" thick metal top for my 8' x 2' workbench. I am having them swirl the top, so I will need to seal it with something. Can anyone recommend something I should spray it with? Rustoleum makes more than a few clearcoat type finishs, but I don't know whether to use an Enamel, Polyurethan, Water Based, Oil Based, etc. I would something that will stand up to spilled gas and oil and household chemicals. Any ideas?
     
  2. Jun 26, 2009 at 11:05 AM
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    have you considered just getting an aluminum topper?
     
  3. Jun 26, 2009 at 11:11 AM
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    The more I think about this, the more it seems that you should reconsider using mild steel for this. The paint isn't going to do a really good job for something like a workbench.

    If you're stuck with it, then I would just keep it sprayed down with some oil. Just a light coat to keep it from rusting.
     
  4. Jun 26, 2009 at 12:47 PM
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    stainless steel, like restaurant kitchens
     
  5. Jun 26, 2009 at 12:57 PM
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    Will you be using this top for welding?
     
  6. Jun 26, 2009 at 1:31 PM
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    Possibly. I wanted something I could beat the shit out of and not dent. Most stainless tops can be dented. This 1/4" is NOT going to dent. It will be swirl polished and the guy that did it said I should just spray paint it with some clear coat....I just don't know what type of clear coat to use.
     
  7. Jun 27, 2009 at 5:53 PM
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    I'd recommend blueing it... there is an old "cold rust" technique that produces a very tough finish. Degrease it, apply bluing, let it rust, steel wool it, and repeat. After a while, it stops rusting, and it's ready for a thin bit of light oil or paste wax.
     
  8. Jun 27, 2009 at 6:11 PM
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    Interesting idea....
     
  9. Jan 4, 2010 at 7:39 PM
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    you have a pic of how you covered your bench? Did you just lay the carpet on top or have you attached it some how?
     
  10. Jan 5, 2010 at 7:23 AM
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    light oil, or wd40 from time to time. make sit very easy to clean, and to work on stuff. paint may chip if you are hammering ect.

    its a work bench, use it as one
     
  11. Jan 5, 2010 at 7:45 AM
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    my bench in my shop sees quite a bit of extensive abuse... i am constantly welding, using the plasma cutter, grinding, and just beating the crap out of it in general. i choose to use 3/4" MDF as the base, then covered that with a thin sheet of diamond plate. thus far it has held up great, the diamond plate does show some abuse but nothing other than cosmetic damage...
     
  12. Jan 5, 2010 at 9:42 PM
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    Yeah, I topped mine with some "sacrificial" plywood. I figure it's gonna get abused pretty badly (eventually), and resurfacing it even as often as once a year is cheap. I'm going to mount a vice with a strike plate on the front right corner if I really need to bang on something.
     
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