Originally Posted by jms
in order to make it smooth you either need to sand it until it, or fill it until it is smooth. After you fill it and sand it then you can prime it with at least 3 coats. then finish paint it and then a polyuerethane with a light sanding between coats and you will have a finish like glass. instead of poly you can also wax it, but poly lasts longer.
for filling look for any paintable wood putty. http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...052&lpage=none
Well I'm lazy and don't want to sand the whole thing down until it's smoth. I would then have to repaint and it would take hours to sand it. I'm just looking for something that I can just pour on and let harden.
I will probably just tape around the edges, leaving about 1/2" about the table to serve as a "barrier" and pour whatever coating I use on the table. I will allow the coat to completely cover the whole thing and then theoretically I will have a flat, smooth surface when it is dry.
The thing is, I don't know what material to use as a coating. I want something that will dry clear and hard and will have a coefficient or restitution (elasticity or ability to reflect an object) similar to that of wood. I need it to be bouncy so that you can bounce the ping pong ball off the table as you would with a natural wood finish. Bouncing is a key entity when it comes to beer pong.