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Re: oil vs varnish vs epoxy

i wash mine with sea water and a 3m pad, then oil it and i spend only 6 hours annually on it --i do not sit at dock varnishing all year.


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Re: oil vs varnish vs epoxy

Sun and water are brutal on brightwork, of any kind. You might want to ask yourself, which can I repair most readily or will I just keep it from being exposed?

Varnish is the most repairable, IMO. Still, it takes a ton of time to apply. Its the 24 hrs between coats that is a time killer.

I like Bristol Finish as a substitute. You can recoat within an hour and do the whole job in one day. Looks closest to real varnish too. Still, harder to repair, so you want to top coat each year and stay ahead of any blisters.


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Re: oil vs varnish vs epoxy

After several years and trying various products, I have come to the conclusion that Cetol is the best compromise in terms of looks/protection/maintenance. It doesn't look as good as varnish (nothing does IMHO), but its MUCH easier to apply; its almost as easy to apply as oil. As for durability, it won't last as long as varnish, but it does last longer than oil.
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Re: oil vs varnish vs epoxy

A boat friend of mine has been using Teak Guard, I believe an Aussie product. Seems to last a long time and looks like a teak finish (well sort of).
Has any one out there in boat land used this product successfully?

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Re: oil vs varnish vs epoxy

varnish and cetol keep folks in temperate zones. oil is used everywhere and mine is only 6 hours work in a year with 110 ft of caprail and 30 ft taffrail..... i dont stay at dock sin sailing season. i have yet to actually see anyone doing varnish down here on boats that SAIL.


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Re: oil vs varnish vs epoxy

A simple sock type cover for the 99 percent of the time the tiller is unused will keep the finish perfect for many many years.
Epoxy, then varnish, sand smooth through the grits and apply as many layers as you can stand.

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