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Tried this behr varnish after seeing the guys on wooden boat.com raving about it. I never heard anyone try it here so I thought I would let folks know how I made out with it. After trying helmsman, wipe on poly, more oil, varnish/oil mix I think this behr varnish is what I'm going to confidently put on all the wood. It goes on really easy and I tried to make mistakes with it. You can easily go back and touch up etc. My cheap foam brushes made little bubbles that self leveled before I got 6" along on a piece. Here is a photo after four coats, half way there on these pieces!
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How do you get images to work again?
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Now that allthe images are up (whew), the darker pieces are the behr varnish and the light piece is helmsman over bare plywood. Like I said earlier it was a dream to work with. It is almost as thin as a urethane right out of the can and I can't believe how well it flows out. The guys on wooden boat say that it is the only true traditional varnish made the same way for the last 50 years. behr aquired the varnish company with its original recipie and original vats etc. It is still made the same way with natural resins. It probably has less solids judging by the consistancy but for me it makes it easy to apply. They also say it is also one of the longest lasting and one professional finisher swears it's the only thing they will use on exterior surfaces. We shall see what the durability is like. I can't believe the improvement on my tired oil finish.
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