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Varnishing Tips, learn with me.

I've painted several thousand cars so that makes me an expert on varnish, right?
Umm, not really. I've varnished a few smaller (read easy to fix if I F. up) pieces and I want to share as I learn.

I'll continue to add to this as I go along.

1. Apply varnish in the morning. I'm accustomed to working with catalyzed materials that kick in an hour or so. Varnish is different. If you apply varnish at 3:00 it takes 2 days to dry.

2. Don't shake varnish. It worked fine with paint that was sprayed. Varnish? Not so much. It makes little bubbles that pop about 15 minutes after you lay down the varnish. It's the first full viscosity coat so I don't even think that I need to sand it out, we'll see.

3. Foam brushes seem to work really well on flat pieces. I doubted this, we all know that a real painter uses his great-grandfather's brush, perfectly preserved through excellent care over the centuries.

4. You can use the same foam brush day after day if you wrap it in foil overnight. I doubted this too, it's fine as long as you et it all pretty well sealed but leave it loose around the tip of the brush so it doesn't get smashed like a loaf of bread in the bottom of a lazarette.

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