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Re: Bright work buffer

Cockpit table is under the bimini and has a sunbrella cover when we're not there. Finish should last a while and future years probably only require a top coat on the boat. I'll gather some pics.


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Have you read this? Polishing Varnish

or this?
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Thanks. Certainly confirmed my thought that it really needs to dry longer. I wasn't thinking of 2 weeks. It will take me the rest of this week to get the last coats applied and I splash next week, so I have a feeling the table is going back on without buffing this season. Maybe it will be a rainy day buffing project.


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Re: Bright work buffer

So, being a table - which gets some use after all - why not go with a poly or urethane finish?
You could even topcoat it with them, then buff.

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Re: Bright work buffer

I've used about everything and was a big fan of Bristol Finish. I do not want to apply a poly on top, although, I know others are happy with it. The day will come where it will need to be sanded down and redone. I would like to be able to avoid a full strip, like it did this past time, to insure I know what I'm applying over.

Whatever will be on it, we keep placemats in the center bin of the table and there are four integrated cup holders. I'm not too worried about damage, but it can happen. If anything the subtle wear will eventually take the dust particles out.

I think my final coat is going to require a clean room approach! Tear down, vacuum, wipe down walls, tape over the air duct (which has always been off anyway).

We'll see. It's looking real good so far, its just a matter of how nutty I want to get.


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WANT to get? At this point, isn't "how much nuttier I'm going to get" a better way to phrase that?



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I've got to admit that I've never thought of polishing my brightwork, but I'm absolutely fascinated by the idea, especially of someone else doing it.
Pic's, before and after - I mean really, is it worth it for varnish that will be exposed to weather?
Only if you want at some point in your life to be totally anal retentive with the idea of really bright bright work!

Otherwise, for me, a quick sand down then 5-6 light coats seems to work well. maybe some day tho............

before, during after pics would be good. Malcolm would like them for the owners forum in the hints and tips area too!

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I didn't really photo document, but I will get some pics off my phone. I have a pic of the table on the boat from a couple of years ago, but not really a good 'before'.


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before, during after pics would be good. Malcolm would like them for the owners forum in the hints and tips area too!..
Pics in post 10 here

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I ultimately decided not to use a buffer. I experimented with it around coat #7, but while it completely removed all imperfections, it really wasn't as glossy as straight clar gloss varnish.

I did get crazy OCD on making a dust free environment for the final coat.


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