I've acquired an old wooden desk that is just varnished wood. I would like to paint it but with the rubberised feel I have seen applied to some metals. I'm not sure if this paint exists for wood, but maybe it's possible to mix it manually? I've seen rubberised paint advertised for industrial uses like railings etc

  • Like a bed liner for a truck?
    – James
    Commented Sep 10, 2014 at 13:14
  • @james i suppose so?
    – blarg
    Commented Sep 10, 2014 at 13:20
  • If that is what you are going for you would be better suited using a metal desk...I have no idea how well that would adhere to wood. That is a pretty specialized coating...do you have any more detail on what you are trying to do, or an example picture?
    – James
    Commented Sep 10, 2014 at 14:04
  • A picture of the desk you have wouldn't hurt either.
    – James
    Commented Sep 10, 2014 at 14:17

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I would prime the desk and then coat it with Redgard. Sand after your prime. Put the Redgard down in thin coats with a foam roller and it will turn out very smooth. After 2 days it stiffens and will become very durable (and waterproof).

  • I concur with @DMoore, or you could use any elastomeric deck coating. Check your local paint shop or home center, and prepare the wood as directed. Note: some elastomeric deck coatings have an anti-slip (rough) texture additive. Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 1:55

You can use truck bed liner, have it applied by a shop that can adjust the texture for you. There are two kinds of applications, hot and cold. From what I understand, cold can allow for smoother coats, as it takes longer to set.

I'm sure you could do it yourself, but I've seen so many botched jobs. If you do pursue that route, take a look at Raptor liner.

You could also try Plasti-Dip!


They sell spray-on-rubber-in-a-can now:

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Check that it adheres to wood first, but if it's primed properly, it should.

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