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Minwax alternatives

sprzout

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#1
So, as the title suggests, I'm looking at a potential alternative for Minwax to seal my new Sea Duck, since I didn't make it from a Speedbuild kit or out of WR foamboard.

Here's the problem I have - the local Home Depot only carries Varathane, and the Lowe's near me has been out of stock on the oil based Minwax Polyurethane for quite some time now (I'm beginning to suspect they're not going to restock it for some reason, since it's been a month and they've been mysteriously out of stock every time I check).

Has anyone tried any other brands besides Minwax? I know there have been alternatives suggested for many of our European friends, but as I live in the US, some of those options are rather difficult to come by LOL. :)

Being frugal, I'd rather buy it and not have to pop it open to test it, then find out what I want to use eats foam, so I figured I'd throw it out to everyone here to see who's tried an alternative. I'd like to paint this one in the Sea Duck livery AND fly it off of the water in Mission Bay once in a while (they do float flying down there near Sea World on occasion), so if anyone has any suggestions for alternatives, I'm open to them!
 

Hondo76251

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#3
Anyone ever try that rubberized spray waterproofing coating stuff? I've used it for other things... Thought I might try it on my next water bird...
 

sprzout

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#4
Anyone ever try that rubberized spray waterproofing coating stuff? I've used it for other things... Thought I might try it on my next water bird...
I'd test that on a scrap piece of foam first; it seems like it'd be adding a LOT of extra weight to the foam. I'd be curious to how it would work, though!
 

Hondo76251

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#5
Yeah, that was my concern too... But I was thinking as more of a protective layer on my floats since I use them for ice, snow, and gravel more than water! Lol
 

Keno

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#6
So, as the title suggests, I'm looking at a potential alternative for Minwax to seal my new Sea Duck, since I didn't make it from a Speedbuild kit or out of WR foamboard.

Here's the problem I have - the local Home Depot only carries Varathane, and the Lowe's near me has been out of stock on the oil based Minwax Polyurethane for quite some time now (I'm beginning to suspect they're not going to restock it for some reason, since it's been a month and they've been mysteriously out of stock every time I check).

Has anyone tried any other brands besides Minwax? I know there have been alternatives suggested for many of our European friends, but as I live in the US, some of those options are rather difficult to come by LOL. :)

Being frugal, I'd rather buy it and not have to pop it open to test it, then find out what I want to use eats foam, so I figured I'd throw it out to everyone here to see who's tried an alternative. I'd like to paint this one in the Sea Duck livery AND fly it off of the water in Mission Bay once in a while (they do float flying down there near Sea World on occasion), so if anyone has any suggestions for alternatives, I'm open to them!
I think any oil based polyurethane would work. Sorry my mistake for mentioning Mod Pod Blue Bottle in my original reply, is not oil based it is water. In saying that, test anything new on a scape of DTFB would be a good suggestion. Although, you could shop on Amazon, or go to a local Ace Hardware, True Value, etc., to find a new supplier.
 
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