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Old 05-08-2012
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varnish job

It took two days to strip the varnish off my caprail. I was going to use Franmar soy bean stripper but it did not do the job. So I had to go the heat gun route.
Does it matter if between sanding and applying cetol the caprail gets rained on? Rain in the forecast next few days.
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Re: varnish job

Dry is better.
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Just stripped mine! Was a bigger job then I thought lots of stripper, scraping, sanding then used compressed air and a knife to get the stubborn varnish. Hopefully the resulting varnish job will be a lot easier on a dry Thursday!
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Re: varnish job

Yeah - it matters. You will want to let it dry out as completely as possible before re-coating. Part of what you are getting when you finish wood is resistance to water penetration. From what I understand, Cetol "breathes", which usually means that some water vapor can pass in and out of the wood through the coating. Nonetheless, you don't want to trap the moisture in the wood. Is there any way that you can cover it during the interval between stripping and re-coating?
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