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Re: new wood and varnish ???

and the epifanes needs to be thinned a tad?
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Re: new wood and varnish ???

Epifanes has a recommended application technique on the can. You start off thinning it something like 50/50 with mineral spirits, then gradually work your way up to non-thinned. I think the thinned version did a really nice job of self-leveling, which meant less work. I used Rustoleum this time on my hatch boards (didn't have time to order Epiphanes, and couldn't find it locally), and should have thinned the first few coats. I would have gotten a much better finish. I'm OK with my results given the time pressures I had, but I think a thinned version would have been better.

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Re: new wood and varnish ???

I'd agree with that, apart from the ending at non-thinned. I find 10% thinner helps in several ways - it goes on better, you get a smoother finish, and it dries more quickly so there's less chance of wrinkling.

To meet VOC standards all varnishes and paints are really thick as supplied, these days - you pretty much have to thin anything before use.

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Re: new wood and varnish ???

I think your biggest maintenance problem regardless of finish will be be the woods themselve, especially the fir due to the moisture in the wood. If it does eventually dry, it will split as will the oak unless, the oak is white and both KD'ed, even still the fir my go moldy on ya under the finish

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Pappy, how long do you think it will take for the fir to go moldy, especially if he puts covers on them?

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Before his first annual maintenance, especially if covered but, if it was Kd wood, it will last a wee bit longer

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Re: new wood and varnish ???

You will find out soon enough why Teak and Mahogany are usually used on boats.
Use what you've got though and report back in a year or two.
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Yep, thats why I half regret getting him involved. He was talking mahogany and next thing I know he has everything done in fir. Then switched to oak, which is good, but I specifically asked/told him I wanted everything to match.
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Well go with for now, don't hurt any feelings

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Yep. I'm not using 5200 to bed it though like he is suggesting.
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