Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Swarthmore, PA
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FYI, my son has an oak desk in our house. I built a small extension table on the side for a printer out of luan, stained it with Minwax Golden Oak and then a few coats of Minwax Clear Polyurethane. It has held up very nicely for 10 years. It's not in a marine environment, but I would expect similarly good appearance inside a boat. So I'd recommend clear PU-type "varnish" over your luan instead of paint.
FYI, on my boat I am restoring some interior teak. After stripping I did a few coats of Minwax Natural oil to buy time while I decided what to do for a long term solution. I've always had such good results with Minwax PU that I'll probably use that, although I'll probably use their Spar formulation in the vicinity of the companionway due to UV exposure. I used their Spar PU on a bay window about 25 years ago, and it got daily sun exposure (south side of the house) for 10 years with no signs of degradation. We sold the house after that, so I don't know how much longer it lasted. But I've gained a lot of confidence in it for interior marine applications.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, 50 Ton Master and OUPV
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina