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Old 05-19-2015   #11
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System 3 makes a uv stabilized epoxy clear coat (207) used on brightwork on boats. But my point was simply to not expect doug fir ply to not check unless you put a lot of work in it. The paper on the MDO seems to hold the grains together as I have a tansom on a jet boat that I did 6 years ago and simply painted with acrylic house paint, it lives out side and doesn't have a single check. Just puttin' out options, that's all.

for reference here is a link i've been following on the subject: Epoxy test panel after six month

I'm hoping to build a wood drift boat or jet boat in the years to come and have spent a fair amount of time researching this. Also Cajune boats in livingston uses System 3 - 207 for their production boats.

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I used 3/5 CDX then painted it with Behr deckover.. one of the four section checked but the rest is holding up great..
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3/4 not 3/5 sorry
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Old 05-19-2015   #14
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Thanks for all the help I will start looking around were to get the appropriate wood from. Still deciding on 1/2 or 3/4.

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Old 05-19-2015   #15
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Use both- 3/4 makes a better table, but is overkill for rails.

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Old 05-21-2015   #16
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I've used 3/4" laminated pine boards with outdoor polyurethane (3-5 coats) for multiple seasons and it's still holding up.

Light weight and apparently strong enough.

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