Bench top replacement and color


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Old 02-04-21, 11:06 AM
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Bench top replacement and color

So after 40 years my bench top is in pretty poor shape. Lots of gouges and scrapes and stains. Rather than placing a new top (using thin plywood or similar) that would involve cutting and remounting vise and drilling new holes for gooseneck lamps, I decided to fill-in all the holes with DURHAM's wood putty. I've done small patches over the years and it holds up very well. But this time I decided to cover the whole top with a coating of Durham's. The top is 3/4" particle board glued and nailed to 3/4" plywood. The wood putty seems to adhere very well to the particleboard.
My question is what would you suggest as a good color paint for the top? My first thought is a light gray, but maybe a dark gray would be a better choice. Also the front edge is starting to crumble. I was thinking of putting a metal edge on it.

You can tell i'm scrapping bottom for things I want to do vs things I should be doing. LOL
 
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Old 02-04-21, 01:25 PM
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I like to poly my tops but I assume that isn't an option. I like dark grey except if you are trying to find a small screw/nail or some other part - then a light color might be a better option.

Having been a poor boy most of my life I'd probably check out the mistints. Oil base will wear better than latex.
 
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Old 02-04-21, 01:38 PM
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I thought about the dark gray, also thought about seeing small screws and such. LOL
I think the light gray will do fine. It will get dirty fast but then again its a work bench.
At work every several years I replace the glass table (screen and window bench) with a new sheet of luan and give it about 5 to 7 coats of poly. Holds up really well.
Thanks for the reply. It confirms my thoughts.
 
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thought about the dark gray, also thought about seeing small screws and such. LOL
Bet that is something that never crossed your mind back when you were young, I know I used to take decent eyesight for granted
 
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Old 02-04-21, 03:54 PM
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I think it should be what ever color you happen to have left over from a prior home improvement job that finally gets rid of that extra can of paint/stain, even if it's the Mr.'s pink vanity you painted 10 years ago!
 
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Old 02-04-21, 04:54 PM
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Oh! nothing like a pink work bench. Maybe I can put curtains around the back.
I'm sure there will be a goof paint when I go to work next Monday.
hmm...I do have red, white and blue paint. I could paint the flag on it. NOT!
 
 

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