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Spar varnish or polyurethance for steps?

I'm refinishing the companionway steps, and can't decide between spar varnish and polyurethane. I guess there's a third option, spar for the verticals and low gloss poly for the steps.

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Re: Spar varnish or polyurethance for steps?

Spar varnish is too flexible and too easily marred/dented, etc.
Polyurethane is also too 'soft' and will easily mar.

Seek out athletic gym floor / high traffic floor varnish or HARD 'bar top' varnish. Hard bar top can sometimes be found in old fashioned paint stores (the proprietor usually has to 'make' it for you - special order).

If you want low gloss (satin) forget the chemically 'wrinkled' soft varnishes. Instead use a durable gloss hard varnish, then hand rub with a mix of pumice and oil. Do websearch for "hand rubbing" + varnish + satin

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Re: Spar varnish or polyurethance for steps?

Ultimate Sole was the perfect product for what you are doing. Unfortunately, it is no longer being made, victim to the rules outlawing certain paints due to high VOI and the company is no longer around. In the land based world, it was known as Gym Seal for gymnasium floors; hard, glossy and non slippery when wet. That too is gone. Check with a paint store (non big box) and see if there is a replacement. If so, let us know as we eventually will need to touch up out sole and we don't have too much Ultimate Sole left...

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Re: Spar varnish or polyurethance for steps?

Did mine with Minwax semi-gloss urethane varnish. Seems to be holding up pretty well.
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