How to Waterproof Plywood

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If plywood is to be exposed to the elements, waterproofing is a neccessity. It is a material very vulnerable to nature, especially water, and if left outside, plywood will only survive with a good coat of waterproofing.

Applying a waterproof top coat is easy and affordable, and can last from four to six years if applied properly.

Mix a can of sealant by shaking the can vigorously. Open the can and stir the contents with a stirring stick.

Pour some sealant in a painting tray and generously dip a brush or roller in the sealant. Apply the sealant in even strokes, covering the plywood with a thin, uniform layer. Let it dry for 35 to 45 minutes.

Apply a second layer in the same manner. Some sealants must be applied multiple times; consult the sealant's can for brand-specific instructions.