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Sue & Larry 12-31-1998 07:00 PM

Tools and Materials for Wood Care
<HTML><!-- eWebEditPro --><TABLE width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD align=left colSpan=2><P><UL><LI><B><FONT color=darkred>Varnish</FONT></B> - Select a high-quality product with good UV resistance. We use Schooner by Interlux. Epifanes, however, is another highly regarded product that is used by many professionals. <LI><B><FONT color=darkred>Thinner</FONT></B> - Each type of varnish requires its own special thinner. This will be indicated on the can of the product that you choose. <LI><B><FONT color=darkred>Small Container</FONT></B> - Save small containers to pour your varnish into. Never use the varnish directly out of the can. <LI><B><FONT color=darkred>Extended-use masking tape</FONT></B> - This blue or green tape is designed to stay on for longer periods of time than regular masking tape. These tapes can be easily removed after 5 to 7 days of direct sunlight. Don't cheap out here and use regular masking tape or you'll be sorry. <LI><B><FONT color=darkred>Sandpaper</FONT></B> - 220- and 320-grit--100-grit is also helpful if you need to repair an area. Expensive paper lasts longer than cheap paper so buy good stuff. We think 3M gold is a good choice. <LI><B><FONT color=darkred>Tack cloth or diapers</FONT></B> - A tack cloth is basically a resin-impregnated piece of cheesecloth that you wipe over your sanded areas to remove any dust or debris. The dust sticks to the cloth, leaving your teak squeaky clean. A diaper splashed with thinner also does a reasonably good job for wipe downs. The key is to remove the dust and debris from your surfaces prior to finishing. <TABLE width=200 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD><IMG src=""><BR><FONT color=darkblue size=-2><EM>Using a handy sponge brush, Sue applies a coat of varnish to the teak top of a cowl housing.</EM></FONT> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><LI><B><FONT color=darkred>Foam Brushes</FONT></B> - Foam brushes are wonderful for varnishing without leaving bristle marks. Always keep a variety of sizes on hand and never try to reuse them as you can never get them totally clean. Buy the good-quality ones with the round wooden handles. The cheap ones with the plastic handles fall apart when exposed to the solvents present in varnish. <LI><B><FONT color=darkred>Razor Blades</FONT></B> - Have some flat razor blades to help remove any runs or drips from your fiberglass surfaces. If you find that you are occasionally nicking the gelcoat with the blade, apply a light coat of wax to each area prior to scraping with the blade. This will help the blade slide easily over the gelcoat surface and reduce the tendency of the blade to bite into the surface. <P><EM>- - S.H., L.H.</EM></P></LI></UL></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></HTML>

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