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Old 08-05-2012
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Re: That old wood finish question again

Originally Posted by Stu Jackson View Post
If you've read 100 posts about this subject, then you should know nothing much has changed in the past 20 years. Your "criteria" is flawed, because you simply can't get something that looks just like varnish without the work.

--- leave it natural - it "grays"
--- cetol or Semco in all their permutations of colors and layers
--- varnish
Actually, I never mentioned anything about something that looks like varnish but not to worry. What I specifically asked was about what people in this area were using since our needs up here are somewhat different with regards to UV protection etc. I think I'm just going to rub down and use some oil on the handrails and transom strip, hopefully in our climate it should mean 6 months or so between a quick scrub and a maintenance wipe over. Or of course I could just replace the handrails with stainless ones. Or just not care.
The hatchboard is going to need a bit more I think.
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Re: That old wood finish question again

Paul: My boss swears by tufshield I think it's called? base coat that soaks in, and maintenence layers on top. I've seen it on the floors in some motorboats that have rather abusive usage(charter etc) and it holds up amazingly well. I plan to redo my boat in it as I get around to varnishing different pieces, I like the idea of a maintainable(aka scuff and add another coat) top coat, with a different base layer designed to hold together well.

I'm torn between that and the hard varnish like for gym floors etc recommended on the forum, but the testimony of someone with a lot of experience in putting on finishes on boats and his preference for a low maintenance finish strikes me as a safer bet. The other advantage is that since I can use it inside and out, I can standardize on two cans of finish for all wood on the boat, no monkeying around with loads of cans of oil, varnish, oil soaked rags etc cluttering up lockers.
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