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Posted by chris_harper2 on April 14, 2003 at 17:55:46:
In Reply to: Re: depends on the species posted by Dave A. on April 14, 2003 at 17:35:16:
I think an oil-based polyurethane would be sufficient. Be forwarned that these can take a very long time to dry depending on the concentration of solids. Also, you will likely have to re-do the entire cage every couple of years.
If you want something that will still show off your wood grain, cure quickly and completely, you might consider some of the clear epoxies. A pain to deal with but the finish is very durable. Look at Tap Plastic's website for the best epoxy for your application.
You might look locally for Enviro-Tex epoxy designed for bar and table tops.
It's more expensive but comes in smaller kits and is supposed to be much easier to work with. Solvent fumes are not as bad and the product has excellent self-leveling properties. I know of one guy who used it successfully in a Water Dragon cages. He even sealed plaster pools with it.
But I've not used it myself.
Lastly, I don't recommend melamine for the cage floor in a R. ciliatus cage. I think you'll find the substate will cause the surface to bubble within a few months.
Better to use the same plywood and finish used on the rest of your cage.