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Re: Refinishing Wooden Spreaders
Originally Posted by captainmurph
Since I'm doing a bit of mast down rigging and replacing wiring/antenna, I have my wooden spreaders off.
After a light sanding with a pad sander, they look very good but need a protective finish.
The simplest is to varnish, sand, varnish, sand until I build up 6 coats or more.
Another option is to coat with West system Epoxy and do a couple of coats.
One or two part Epoxy paint is another coption.
And the last involves painting the top white (supposedly deters birds perching on them) with either varnish or epoxy on the underside and edges.
What have you done with yours?
1965 Cal 30
On your Cal and assuming your spreaders are spruce, a good coating of EasyPoxy might be a good finish. Further, you might find that using some thin copper foil to cover the top surfaces of the spreaders will preserve them far longer than any painted on finish. The foil can be cut to shape/size with a good pair of shears and either tacked on with copper tacks (through bedding) or adhered with something like 3M 4200 (NOT 5200!). BTDT
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