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Do Tortoise Tables Need Treating/sealing?


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#1 mobile

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 06:51 PM

I read that a good substrate for Hermman's is topsoil/playsand or coir/playsand. Several articles say to keep the substrate moist, which leads to my question - is it necessary to treat/seal the tortoise table wood to stop moisture ingress and staining? If it does then what should be used to do it?



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:18 PM

Hi There,
Yacht varnish or Cuprinol-a water based animal friendly paint can be used safely on an indoor enclosure. You can also help line it with heavy plastic polyester bags. Hope this helps.
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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:21 PM

Thanks Freddy. Ideally I would like to keep the wood the natural colour, so I guess this rules out the water based Cuprinol paint. I intend placing the tortoise table on top of a waxed pine cabinet, so it would look good if the finish matched, though I guess waxing is out of the question due to the high VOC, which takes a long time to dissipate.



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 04:22 AM

I've used yatch varnish in a satin finish on mine and which really brings out the natural wood. :)



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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:07 AM

Thanks Kelly. I was thinking of using a satin finish on mine, as it should match better with the cabinet waxed finish. I'm a little surprised that yacht rather than water-based polyurethane varnish is used, as the latter has far less VOC. I guess if it is given long enough to dry though then the VOCs would disperse.






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