Originally Posted by Nate135
Considering that I havent used any waterproof coating yet, how important is it? Will the wood rot pretty quickly even if im just hand misting?
Depends what "quickly" means to you. Have you ever seen an unstained/unprotected deck after a year? And it doesn't rain nearly as much as we mist.
The problem if your chameleon is already moved in is that when you sand, stain, wait 24 hours, sand, stain again, wait 24 hours, polyurethane, wait 8 hours, sand and poly again, then wait (Some say 24 hours, I left it in a well-ventilated area for 3 days before introducing it to my cham), you're at a point where you'll need a sub-home for your cham for almost a week. You'll also need a well-ventilated area to do all of this in (open garage, all the windows in the basement open, etc). That poly smell is intense.
If you can do it, I would. Unprotected wood does not handle humidity/moisture well at all.