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Re: That old wood finish question again
Paul: My boss swears by tufshield I think it's called? base coat that soaks in, and maintenence layers on top. I've seen it on the floors in some motorboats that have rather abusive usage(charter etc) and it holds up amazingly well. I plan to redo my boat in it as I get around to varnishing different pieces, I like the idea of a maintainable(aka scuff and add another coat) top coat, with a different base layer designed to hold together well.
I'm torn between that and the hard varnish like for gym floors etc recommended on the forum, but the testimony of someone with a lot of experience in putting on finishes on boats and his preference for a low maintenance finish strikes me as a safer bet. The other advantage is that since I can use it inside and out, I can standardize on two cans of finish for all wood on the boat, no monkeying around with loads of cans of oil, varnish, oil soaked rags etc cluttering up lockers.