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A good brightwork schedule is To start thin and sand between coats. I like to use 220 grit on the first couple of coats, then 320-400 grit paper and wet sand on the remaining 4- 6 coats.
Personally, I thin the first coat by 25%, the next coat by 20%, the third coat by 15%, 4th cat by 10%, 5th by 5% and the last coats virtually unthinned. Rebecca Wittman recommends a ten coat varnish schedule. Others recommend 6. I like a happy medium- 8. However, I sail in a seasonal fresh-water northern environment. In a southern saltwater region with a boat in water year round, I'd go 10-12 coats. Yeah, it's more time consuming but it beats doing it twice as often.
3 coats is fine for interior work, but not for a mast.
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