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Old 10-06-2014, 11:32 PM   #29
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Getting the first one in was a bit of work, due to the amount of rot I had on that side my C channel had sagged quite a bit So we needed a couple pry tools and a dead blow mallet to encourage it in
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:16 AM   #30
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I agree with you about the MDO. I was a sign guy and have seen signs I have made over fifteen years earlier, outside in the elements, looking good. MDO is made with marine grade adhesive and can last a long time exposed even untreated. All those "ROAD WORK AHEAD" signs are sheeted on one side with reflective material and exposed on the other side untreated. They last years if they are left outside. If you paint MDO with solvent based sign paint (Chromatic
Paint) you can expect the sign to last forever. Chromatic paint cost around $70 a gallon and you need the matching primer at around the same price. My MDO floor took 2 and 1/2 of each.

thesignlady, did you use 1/2 inch MDO or 3/4 inch?

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Old 11-02-2014, 11:03 PM   #31
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1969 23' Safari
1974 Argosy 22
1964 24' Tradewind
Victoria , British Columbia
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Yup MDO rocks I did use 3/4" and it tied in perfectly with the existing board in the the mid section. Got both halves installed with all the bolts that go downwards now I just need to find the time to drill and install all the bolts that go through the C-channel upwards... But she's good and solid
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Old 11-03-2014, 11:24 AM   #32
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Nice candidate project trailer, keep up the momentum folks, you're doing great!!

I used MDO back in 2011 and wrote about it here.

Got to note the small lumberyard that supplied mine had MDO & HDO in thicknesses up to two inches - for not much money.... Our freshwater tank basement floor panels would be good candidates for the 1-inch, etc.

Just to note, the HDO (high density overlay) is essentially formica-clad without the finished color & designs, would ace interior cabinets and countertops where veneer or laminates would be the finish layers.


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