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Varnish

I just finished seven coats on ALL my wood in and out. I used Flagship varnish. I can honestly say that I have never seen bright work look so good. THe wood has a rich, deep luster, like it is enclosed in glass. How long it will last, who can say. I can say this, it has taken me MONTHS to do the work.
Hints on Flagship Varnish:
1. Apply the forst four or five coats with one of those little foam rollers, Hot Dog Rollers, I think they are called. It is much easier to put on with these, plus, it doesn't go on so thick/take so long to dry/end up with dust flecks in it.
2. Sand with 300 grit between coats until dust flecks are gone.
3. Use a nice teflon coated brush to get the glossy glow on the last couple of coats.
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AK, we need to see pictures. Then we can all ooh and aah over your good work.

Not so nice to raise the bar. But still, I want to see how nice it could be when this project makes it to the top of my list.
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Question Product question

Has anybody has experience with 'West Marine Semi-gloss wood finish'?

I recently finished a new interior panel with it, and it looks nice. The can claims you don't have to sand between coats, and that you can topcoat with varnish to give it extra durability and luster. It also doesn't require thinner.

I am thinking about using it to redo my toe rails (which need a 100% re-application of the varnish) using about 5 coats of the semi-gloss and 1-2 coats of regular varnish.

Any thoughts?

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Yippee!! I found a full quart of Deks Olje in my dock box. It's going back on this Spring!
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I too never smelled or saw varnish until last year. I have but one thing to say. Buy "The Brightwork Companion" By Rebecca J Whitman.

I followed her instructions to the letter ( except for sandpaper brand - I like the Norton 3X alot) with excellent results.

I know I will get bashed, but nothing, nothing, looks like real varnish. And the smell. Its wonderful. Anything else looks like a substitute.

And lastly, prep, prep, prep. The actual varnishing is a fraction of the job. Do it ! Jump !
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