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DIY Dump Truck Bed Liner

Do you drive a dump truck? Do you own dump trucks? You know that you need to protect the bed on your dump truck from constant use and abuse. Using Durabak 18 dump truck bed liner you can get the protection you need for a price that makes sense. You’ll love Durabak.

Dump Truck Protection

If there was ever a piece of equipment that needed serious durable protection the bed of a dump truck has to be near the top of that list. You can be shifting rocks, gravel, asphalt or who knows what else. You need that to work in the sun and the rain, snow and hail, dump trucks shouldn’t get days off.

As the rocks and cargo loads scratch away at the manufacturer protection on the dump truck bed, the weather can get in and cause rust. Rust is when the Iron in your truck bed turns to an orange powder, Iron Oxide. Obviously a powder is not as strong as solid metal, so if it rusts too much, your dump truck bed will develop holes. These holes not only make you lose cargo, they also compromise the structural rigidity of the bed.

When dumping large loads the bed gets lifted and there’s only support from the ends, that’s when rust can leave your dump truck aching for help. The real problems start when rust holes let your load spill through and mess with the hydraulics – then you’re in real trouble.

So now that we’ve established the harm of not protecting your dump truck bed, let’s discussing avoiding it. You can go and pay some fancy company a small fortune to put in some fancy liner, but those things are not for real men. If you want a job done, you gotta do it yourself.

Durabak Dump Truck Bed Liner

When you want to get the best, for a price that makes sense, you need Durabak. Used by the US Navy on their Nuclear Aircraft Carriers, it doesn’t get tougher than Durabak. unlike those liner shells Durabak can easily be applied all by yourself. Durabak is also easy to patch up in small spots, but it’s so tough that you’ll probably never need to.

Durabak is the perfect dump truck bed liner. Not only can you choose from loads of colors, you can build up the Durabak coats as thick as you want. Prep is simple too, you just need to clean the bed, scuff it with 60 grit and wipe down with Xylene or Solvide. You can also use Durabak on the outside of your dump truck bed. If you want an awesome look go ahead and paint the cab with textured Durabak – it makes a great scratch-guard.

Durabak has so many uses, you can use it as an undercoating, it’s totally water and salt-spray resistant, so you can be corrosion free. Or, just go ahead use the leftover Durabak on your wheels, have fun with it. Textured Durabak is also great for the steps into your cab if you want some extra anti-skid. Do don’t worry about buying too much, there’s always something to do with Durabak.

If you have any questions about using Durabak please go ahead and call us on 303-690-7190


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How Much Bed Liner Do I Need For My Truck

You’ve done the online research and come to the realization that Durabak 18 is the best option as a bedliner for your truck. Now we know you’re smart, and that you’re researching the next steps. Maybe it’s because you know that any product trusted by the Navy is worthy of your time.

Now the time has come to figure out how much bedliner you need for your truck. The calculations are simple and because I already know how smart you are, this should be easy to explain!

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Durabak’s Coverage

One gallon of Durabak 18 (Textured) is going to cover approximately 60 square feet when you apply two coats. Proper application will give you a surface of about a 1/16th of an inch thick with the textured Durabak.

Durabak can be applied by roller, spray or even brush. If spraying, an undercoating gun, or “Schutz” spray gun is recommended. You may also need to thin your Durabak 18 with Xylene or Solvide at approximately 10%. When spraying any material, you need to account for some overspray, so you may want to budget in a little more product.


By now you are wondering exactly how much bedliner you need to get this job done. Here’s how you figure that out.

Do The Measurements

Square footage is measured by multiplying the length of the project by the width of the project. For example, if you have a 10-foot length and a 6-foot width, you would end up with a total of 60-square feet.

So, as a general rule of thumb, one gallon should be sufficient for a 6-foot pickup bed. Purchase and additional 1-2 quarts for an 8-foot bed.

Keep in mind that this calculation only provides a rough idea of your total square footage needs. For the best results, you always want to factor in a little extra for waste or surface irregularities. As noted above, if you are spraying the material, you can expect to have some over-spray.

Quick Reference to How Much Bed liner You Need

As a quick reference on how much bed liner you need for a truck, here are some quick calculations that might help. Remember, always measure the truck yourself to determine the proper amount needed:

  • Ford F-150 – If it’s a Regular Cab Ford F-150 truck with a 6-foot 5-inch bed, you would need roughly 3 gallons to cover the entire truck and bed. Plan to use a little over a gallon for the bed, and the remainder for the truck exterior.
  • Toyota Tacoma – On the Toyota Tacoma truck 5-foot bed, you need 3 quarts to cover the bed, and about 2 gallons to cover the truck exterior.
  • Honda Ridgeline – This Honda Ridgeline truck bed is generally 5-feet 3-inches. You will need 1 gallon on the bed, although you may have a little leftover to get started on the truck exterior body, which will again require about 2 gallons.

It is always better to have a little extra product on hand than not enough. If you end up with some extra Durabak, there are plenty of other ways to use it so it doesn’t get wasted. Be sure to check out our 10 Excellent Ways to Use Durabak.

Application Tips

To make the most of the Durabak you purchase, here are a few tips to help keep the waste down.

  1. Durabak is available in gallon or quart containers. This should make it easier to get the amount you need for your truck.
  2. Apply two coats of Durabak. You can opt to apply more than that; just be sure that you apply them in thin layers.
  3. If you have extra Durabak after the project is over, there are plenty of uses for it. Remember that Durabak is good for concrete, wood, metal, fiberglass, rubber, plastic, tile and more.


Now that you know how much bedliner you need for your truck, you are ready to get started. Order your Durabak today and protect your truck with this UV-resistant, waterproof and durable coverage. If you have questions about how much to order or the best ways to apply Durabak, feel free to contact us. Our trained staff is available to help you with your bedliner needs.

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Long Term Shipping Container Protection

shipping container home

Using a shipping container for your home, office, shop or storage is a smart move. Shipping containers are cheap, tough, big and simple. By using shipping containers instead of traditional building you’ll be saving time and money and a bunch of other head-aches.

Shipping containers come in a bunch of sizes, from 10 to 40 foot in length and can be purchased from just a couple thousand dollars. There’s no shortage of them either, there are more than 20 Million shipping containers out there!

Shipping containers are built tough, designed to withstand the rough weather out at sea, high winds and endless water. They are also designed to stack high and that means they’re strong. Shipping containers also make an ideal Faraday’s cage protecting the contents and occupants from lightning bolts.

Disadvantages of Living in a Shipping Container

It’s not all good tho, steel is a conductor so don’t expect to be insulated from heat or cold too well in your shipping container home. Poor insulation then attracts moisture inside the container to condense on the thin metal walls, and that means rust.

To meet Australian government quarantine requirements, most container floors when manufactured are treated with insecticides containing copper (23–25%), chromium (38–45%) and arsenic (30–37%). Before human habitation, floors should be removed and safely disposed. – Wikipedia

Shipping containers are not built intended for human habitation, so toxic paints, solvents and even chemical cargo spills must be dealt with.

Preparing Shipping Containers for Human Habitation

Before buying the shipping container, ask to go inside it in broad daylight and have them shut the door. Don’t get scared, it’s not for long. Wait a minute or two for your eyes to adjust to the darkness and then look around for any light peeking through a hole. No light means no leaks, yay. Try and get on top of the container and check the roof, the side walls are tough, but the roof is not. There could be a lot of rust on the roof due to sitting water, so you have to check it out.

In order to make your shipping container a safe and harmless place to live, you need to invest a little. The first thing you want to do is remove the floor, it’s deadly. Then give the whole thing a really really good clean.

Now you are ready to add the secret ingredient to your shipping container home. Durabak.

Durabak’ing Your Shipping Container

We mentioned the chemicals, the rust, the moisture, the insulation and not even the ugly color – but it all gets taken care of. Durabak is a unique and easy to use paint that is perfect for shipping containers. It’s one part, so you’ll save loads of time, and it’s tough. Durabak, as used by the US Navy, will form a polyurethane membrane around the container steel. The membrane will insulate the occupants from sound and heat, protect the steel from water, acid, chemicals and UV. Durabak is also a fire retardant and environmentally friendly.

You can chose from 16 stock colors and even mix them together for a unique tint. We recommend using White Smooth Durabak 18 paint on the roof of the container, it should reflect the Sun nicely. It should also fill any small welding gaps and hairline cracks for added water resistance. You can see how to apply Durabak onto Steel here.

We hope you’ll get to enjoy your shipping container home, office, gym or whatever for many years to come with Durabak protection.

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Protecting a Steel Liftgate against Corrosion

It’s hard to imagine what life would be like working with a truck without a lift gate. Sure, if you’re only driving in and out of loading bays you don’t think of it, but for the rest of us, an enclosed trailer with liftgate is no luxury.

You powered lift gate is the second most important part of your truck, after the engine. If that thing goes, you can forget about delivering anything. Besides the motor that folds and unfolds, raises and lowers the platform itself is very important. We’ve all seen those videos of what can happen to you and your cargo when things go wrong.


So in order to benefit for the longest time possible from a reliable lift-gate you need to take good care of it. Steel lift gates are popular because of their price, but there’s a reason Aluminum demands a premium and gets it too.

Aluminum is lighter and stronger and won’t rust. Steel is cheap, but the added weight is a strain on the motor, and over time rust can eat at the metal and make it weak. If you want to stop steel from rusting in a long-lasting treatment suited to the outdoors, you will need to apply product. The best product will protect the steel from moisture, air and much more without compromising the lift gate – or, ideally, improving it.

We don’t want to cover or wrap the steel lift gate with anything too heavy or it will only limit the capacity more. The other thing is grip, diamond plate is great n’ all, but some genuine grip wouldn’t go a miss! Read more about choosing a tail gate here.

Durabak to the rescue

Some of the world’s greatest trucking companies have discovered the benefits of Durabak. Used on the floor and walls of their enclosed trailers and especially on the lift gate, Durabak is the ultimate solution.

Developed to be water, saltspray, acid and chemical resistant, Durabak offers a tremendous level of protection. Unlike other paints, Durabak seals to form an impermeable membrane. Durabak come sin smooth and textured versions with crumb rubber granules for tons of grip, so not only do you gain light weight unbeatable protection but also loads of anti-skid.

The Polyurethane formula of Durabak is a strong anti-corrosive available in 16 colors. The unrivaled strength, trusted by the US Navy, won’t flinch at pallet trucks or forklift trucks maneuvering all day long. Durabak is formulated to stretch and flex without cracking, when we consider how steel reacts to temperature change this matters. Because steel and iron expand when heated, the Eiffel Tower in France, is about 6 inches taller in the summer than the winter.

How to Apply

Durabak is a DIY product, it’s super easy to put on. It’s a one part, moisture cured polyurethane, so no need to measure out and mix in other ingredients.

Durabak application prep. is a simple three step process; first clean and scrub your tail gate, get out any oil, remove any loose rust. Second, scuff. Take a 40 grit sandpaper to every inch of it and get scuffing, use an orbital sander, remove any rust and corrosion you see. You’ll be left with bare steel and perhaps some rust. On the rust, if there is any, apply some rust converter. On the bare steel use metal etch primer, Zinc Phosphate is great.

As soon as that is done, you just wait for the first third of the over-coating time – usually 12-24 hours, and then open your Durabak. Durabak already has the color, crumb rubber and everything in the can, you just need to stir. Give it a good stir for 5 minutes and then pour a quart or two into your paint tray. Use the special blue stipple roller to roll on a thin coat over every inch of the tail gate. Wait until it’s touch dry, usually an hour or two, and then apply the second coat. You can keep going and add more coats, if forklift trucks regularly drive over the tail gate a third coat is advised. You can add plenty of coats and not disturb the liftgate operation on your liftgate truck.

Keep your newly protected tailgate clean and dry for 24 hours, we suggest doing the application before a quiet weekend. Best not to use the tail gate or pass loads over it for 4 days after the Durabak application. Then, you can enjoy your tail gate for many many years to come.

If you have any questions about Durabak for your application give us a call on 303-690-7190

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If you want a good pontoon, it’s gotta be SolidCraft

If you like the water, and who doesn’t, and your kids want to slide and dive – you need a boat. Now, there are lots of boats out there, brand from here to the dock – so how do you choose which one is right for you?

Buying a boat seems like a luxury because of the price, but then you’re stuck with very specific models. usually without enough space to really make the most of the weather and the water.


A favorite for families and groups of friends is always going to be the Pontoon boat. Pontoons are based on giant air-filled tubes, known as Pontoons, which give the boat plenty of buoyancy. That means that you can have a lot of boat on top of the water that can support a bunch of weight.

Pontoons are great for their deck area, often with plenty of seats for the whole clan and even a place for your grill! Bigger pontoons can have 2 floors and even slides straight into the water!

Custom Made

Unlike bass boats or jon boats or even center console boats to an extent, pontoons give a unique opportunity to customize. Outboard motors and pontoons instead of hulls, make the shape and configuration of your pontoon entirely flexible.

When it comes to Pontoons, you want something that will last year after year after year, and something with enough space to be able to enjoy day after day with the whole family. That’s where SolidCraft comes in. SolidCraft is true to their name, they make incredibly tough pontoons from superior materials that are designed to last decades. SolidCraft lets you decide the layout of your boat however you like it. That way you wont pay for things you don’t want, and get everything you do!


SolidCraft constructs high quality boats using the best materials including the very best deck coating, Durabak. Durabak is the deck coating used on Nuclear Aircraft Carriers by the US Navy and you can rely on it’s resilience and slip-resistance for many years.

To find out more about getting a SolidCraft Pontoon give them a call at 800-347-0859

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Cool the floor of your boat with this simple hack

Is your boat floor too hot? Do you want to do something to make your boat floor colder?

If you’ve got a Jon boat or any type of boat for that matter this article is for you. If you want to make it more pleasant and comfortable to walk in your boat, then keep reading. In this short article we’ll discuss a simple, effective hack to upgrade the deck or floor of your boat.

So Hot!

Most people will take out their boats on nice days, when the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Who wants to spend a day on the water getting rained on? Nobody! With the Sun burning overhead for hours throughout the day, your boat will start getting hot, really hot.

The heat of the Sun is transmitted by radiation, energy waves of heat like infra-red light. Those rays traveled 93 million miles from the Sun unimpeded all the way to your boat. If you’ve ever been skiing or mountain climbing you’ll notice that it’s cold at the top of the mountain, but you can still get a sunburn. The reason for that is because there’s less of Earth’s atmosphere filtering out the harmful UV rays, so you get burnt. There’s also less of the atmosphere above you, insulating you, to keep you warm – so you get burnt, while being cold!

At Sea level much of the UV rays are filtered out but the heat can get intense. At the Dead Sea, Israel, the lowest point on Earth, it’s regularly over 100F, but it’s impossible to get sunburn! So your boat floor is a magnet for heat, and after a few hours in the sun it will become almost too hot to walk on.

Keeping Cool

There are two things you can do to keep your boat cool, either make sure it’s a light color, or cover it. Heat is absorbed more by darker colors, so if your bass boat is getting too hot, it might be because it’s a dark color. Even bright colors like yellows and reds can get extremely hot in the Sun.  So a light green Jonboat getting hot in the Sun is unavoidable.

The only color that does not attract heat is white because white objects reflect all visible wavelengths of light. Black – the color that absorbs all visible wavelengths of light – attracts the most heat, followed by violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red, in descending order. –

So, if you want a nice cool boat floor, go white.

White? But…

So white doesn’t absorb the light rays and will reflect the heat rays, but the boat will still get hot. The Sun reflects off the water and heats up the Hull of the boat, and paint isn’t going to help that!

The trick is to not just use regular white paint. Regular white paint will only reflect some radiation, it won’t help cooling. Insulation is needed, a layer of white between the boat and bare feet. A thick layer of insulation is going to be heavy and take up valuable space. A thin layer just won’t help. We need a super-insulator, something light and thin. We need a material that will also protect the boat, and be suitable for a boat floor.

The Hack

The secret to keeping the boat floor cool is Durabak. Made from a unique polyurethane formula, Durabak is ideal for boat floors and decks. Durabak on your fishing boat floor will protect it from fish guts and inhibit overheating. Use it on your Jon boat will keep it cool and strong. On your bass boat Durabak will add essential grip will keeping the heat at bay. Polyurethane is used in refrigerators, ski jackets and mattresses. You know you can trust Durabak, used by the US Navy on the decks of their Nuclear aircraft carriers.

Durabak is available in 16+ colors, in smooth and textured versions. Durabak is formulated to be UV and salt-water resistant, it’s flexibility and strength will add years to your boat.

Get your Durabak here and feel the difference for yourself.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about bed liner, but were afraid to ask

Bed liner is not typical paint, and it’s not just truck bedliner either, so there are lots of questions, here are a bunch of them and their answers.

Will bed liner stick to wood?

YES. Durabak is a polyurethane product that is a bed liner that can be used on wood, all types of wood! Wood might be absorbent tho, so be warned that you may require 3 coats, so yes, Durabak bed liner will work on wood!

Will bed liner stick to chome?

Durabak can adhere to bare metals like chrome, but you need to be sure you are dealing with actual chrome and not just metallic painted plastic. but either way, Durabak can bond to either of those with correct prep. Here’s the prep.

Will bedliner stop rust?

Durabak is formulated to bond to itself and form an impermeable membrane. If there is no live rust underneath the Durabak, then, if properly applied, Durabak will prevent water, saltwater and any corrosive getting to the metal substrate and thus prevent rust.

Will bed liner stick to Aluminum?

Durabak is a popular product for coating and protecting Aluminum, however bare Aluminum should be primed with Zinc Phosphate or Metcote before the Durabak is rolled on.

Will bed liner stick to plastic?

Plastic is used all over modern vehicles and the good news is that it’s easy to prep, 60 grit scuff and a Xylene wipe and you can roll Durabak bed liner straight onto it.

Will bed liner work on fiberglass?

Durabak is a favorite among hobbyists and boaters for coating and protecting their fiberglass campers or boats. Prep is easy and Durabak will protect your fiberglass for many years.

Will bed liner stick to concrete?

The good news is that you can get that amazing slip-resistant Durabak texture on your concrete flooring too! Durabak is very tough and bonds extremely well to properly prepped concrete and it suitable for warehouse floors, retail flooring, parking garage floors, loading docks, parking bollards and hundreds of other applications where concrete needs to be protected or made slip resistant, or BOTH!

Will sand blasting remove a bed liner?

We haven’t tried it, but why would you want to??!?! Rattle can bed liner is much cheaper and thinner so that for sure can be removed by sand blasting we think, but it bares no similarity to Durabak.

Will paint stick to bed liner?

So if you want to know “Can bed liner be painted” – here’s the answer. Durabak is polyurethane based, so first of all, if you want to change the color or freshen up your Durabak a new coat of Durabak will adhere to it very well. If you’re just looking for a very specific color or want to create an intricate pattern, then you will find a urethane paint sticks nicely to Durabak bed liner – so yes, Durabak bed liner can be painted.

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Upgrade OSB Wood for strength, abrasion and water resistance

Years ago Oriented Strand Board (OSB) took over from plywood as the material of choice for flooring and wall panels. OSB gained popularity based on it’s lower price and relatively impressive specifications. Whilst Plywood of similar thickness could have just 5 to 7 plies, cheaper OSB sheathing trumps it with up to 50 strand layers.

OSB Advantage

It’s not price alone that gave OSB the edge. OSB is made from smaller flakes of wood layered at different directions, adding strength from every angle. Due to the construction from smaller flakes it’s possible to get much larger panels. One sheet of OSB can run from below the floorboards through the ceiling and even the entire length of a wall. All those layers means it’s strong, and you can also trust the thickness. Plywood might have aligned knots in the panels, but that can’t happen with OSB.

The Weakness of OSB

There’s only one real disadvantage to using OSB instead of plywood, but it is significant. Plywood is better at handling water and moisture, absorbing it evenly and releasing it evenly. OSB can swell in different spots, if you trim the factory sealed edges you can greatly reduce the water resistance and make the sheathing vulnerable to water damage. With OSB popular in flooring and roofing, water repulsion is not a property that you want to forego. OSB is a critical structural element of your building and, unless you live in a desert, water is going to be one of the main culprits you need protection from.

Whilst OSB is made with high pressure treatment, glues, resin and wax to repel water, whilst considered waterproof, it is not moisture repellent and will absorb water. Over time that can lead to all the problems we know and hate, that can undermine the strength of your home.

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Extending Life of OSB

The good news is that there’s a simple solution. You can protect OSB, and Plywood, from water, chemicals, gasoline and more. Durabak is ideal for protecting wood, it is a unique product, used on boats, jeeps and more. Durabak comes in a can and is rolled on just like paint, it’s one part so no need to mix in hardener or reducer. Durabak bonds to itself, so it’s not like a paint or stain that just colors or treats the wood. Durabak seals the wood, and encapsulates the fibers and flakes.

Durabak is made from a special polyurethane formula which forms excessively strong chemical bonds when applied to wood. Used to protect everything from truck bed impact to the decks of US Navy Nuclear Warships, it’s tough stuff. Once rolled on the Durabak cures to form a contiguous and impermeable membrane of water resistant polyurethane. The protection isn’t only skin deep, as it seeps into the wood fibers and brings them added elasticity. Like the 5% lycra that makes your underwear so much more comfortable and also prevents rips and tears.

Durabak is easy to apply by anyone, you just need to clean, sand and xylene wipe the OSB before rolling it on. A gallon of Durabak will provide 3 coats of protection to 50 sq.ft of OSB on one side. Outdoor Durabak 18 is ideal for external paneling, adding better weather protection including UV resistance. Durabak is available in 16 colors, which can be mixed together to create an unlimited range of color options.

Speak to a Durabak expert today on 303-690-7190 or chat on our site

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Protecting Plywood and Extending it’s Life

Plywood is great

One of the materials we get asked a lot about at Durabak is Plywood. Because of it’s price, strength and weight Plywood is an extremely popular material. Plywood structures are designed to last many years, but often the wood itself will decide the fate. So, protecting plywood means protecting a larger structure, like a boat or a trailer or even a house.

Plywood isn’t perfect

Plywood is more expensive than other types of wood, because of greater strength, waterproofing and lighter weight than others. The best way to protect plywood  involves adding as little weight as possible whilst protecting the wood itself. Although good plywood is often water-proof, it is not water-repellent and will eventually give way because of water damage, rot or mold.

Whilst Plywood is very strong it isn’t unbreakable and, after repeated impact, will eventually snap.

Plywood can be improved

Customers reach out to us to lengthen the lifetime of plywood and protect it against all these abuses with Durabak. Designed to embed itself into the wood, and not just lay on top of it, bringing you years more use, Durabak is the product you have been waiting for.

Whilst you can simply roll other paints onto the wood, Durabak requires a heavy scuff of 40-grit sandpaper. Durabak will seep into the fibers as the wood absorbs the polyurethane. With another 2 coats of Durabak you have effectively created a wood-polyurethane alloy. The Polyurethane of Durabak acts as a rubber membrane embedded into the wood and reaching out onto the surface of the panel.

How Durabak works

As the Durabak cures into the wood forming incredibly strong chemical bonds, your wood has been enhanced with an embedded coat of super-strength rubber. Durabak cures to form a completely flexible material. Imagine the difference between a pair of cotton pants and a pair of cotton pants with 5% lycra. Durabak is like the 5% lycra which adds movement, flexibility and impact resistance. Durabak cures to form a water-resistant impermeable membrane, when painted on all sides, it’s almost like wrapping the plywood in a rubber balloon. Durabak seals the wood so that water, acid, chemicals, salt-water spray, gasoline and more cannot get through.

Durabak for Plywood

Let’s just see what a veteran wood worker, Cat Meier, says when she discovered Durabak. After 21 years of professional wood-working, and experience with every product on the market, she was so blown away with Durabak that she just made this video about it!

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Durabak is perfect for kitchen cabinets, wooden floors, boat floors, enclosed trailers, stairs and furniture. Durabak is available in indoor and outdoor formulas, Durabak 18 will protect wood from the elements, sun and UV rays for many years. Available in 16 colors, self leveling and resistant to so many hazards, Durabak is the treatment you are looking for to save or protect your plywood.