Originally Posted by Booney
Building a reloading bench out of a glulam and was wintering what the best finish to put on it? Something resistance to solvents?
I'd look at a marine grade of Polyurethane or paint if you want a brush, spray, or roll on finish.
On my bench tops, I used some white Formica laminate I had left over from a custom closet job I did a while back. No solvent has 'melted' it yet including Hoppes #9, BoreTech, Sweets and a couple other 'gun solvents.' I've also had Brake cleaners, some momentary drips of acetone, Xylene, mineral spirits, Methyl and Isopropyl alcohol to name a few of the more aggressive solvents I've used on different projects. The only thing that I know would destroy the laminate would be things like paint strippers and perhaps turpentine.
If I had to do it again though, I would not have used the color white but rather a light or medium grey, tan, or green. The white surface is sometimes too bright when I have all the lights on or am using a magnifying lamp.
That's what I did, Hope you can take something from it.