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03-19-2013 05:49 PM
Re: Finish for new mahogany

While I was doing a bunch of teak trim pieces in Cetol Marine in my basement, I decided to experiment with doing a nice piece of mahogany at the same time. I think it has come out really nice, a beautiful rich, golden tone.

I decided to give Cetol a try, wishing to avoid the tyranny of varnish. I understand the new formulations are quite a lot better. We'll see if it was an error. The pieces I have done so far look fantastic.
03-16-2013 04:57 PM
Re: Finish for new mahogany

Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
....That frigging good varnish over there
That the way I introduce people whose name I can't remember too.

Listen to how these guys pronounce it. They sell a ton. There shtick is boat restoration. Right or wrong? I'm not sure.

Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish Product Demo - YouTube
03-16-2013 03:06 PM
Re: Finish for new mahogany

I call it like Bljones

That frigging good varnish over there
03-16-2013 01:42 PM
Re: Finish for new mahogany

eh piff a knees, according to my local dutch sailing friend. it's a dutch company, so i defer to his pronunciation, Epifane"which translates to "epiphanies" so it makes sense
Never ask a north american distributor to pronounce a foreign name. Most hyundai dealers still can't get it right, and after over 40 years in the marketplace, some folks still insist that the brand that brought us the corolla is called Tie oh tah
03-16-2013 01:21 PM
Re: Finish for new mahogany

I can't get down to the boat today as planned, so I was googling around to see if there was anyplace closer to buy some Epifanes varnish and I stumbled upon an old question.

How do you pronounce it?

For years and years, I pronouced it Ehp-a-fanes

Not that long ago, I was watching a Jamestown Distributors video and the tech called it Ehp-i-fahn-ess. I assumed they would know and I had just been pronouncing it wrong.

I just saw a Practical Sailor article that swears the rep confirmed my original pronunciation, although, granted you could call it whatever you like, if you buy it.

So, which is it?
03-16-2013 12:06 PM
Re: Finish for new mahogany

I am also a big fan of Epifannes. I prefer it over all comers and goers. I have slowly over the years redone our intetior with it as we are mostly teak. Its owrth the extra effort.

03-16-2013 11:54 AM
Re: Finish for new mahogany

I'm obviously a fan of varnish, and paint where appropriate.

It doesn't go 'dark' if kept up, and covered.
03-16-2013 11:19 AM
Re: Finish for new mahogany

You're welcome.

It looks great.
03-16-2013 11:13 AM
Re: Finish for new mahogany

Originally Posted by bljones View Post
Foam brush?
Yup. Foam has worked fine so far, but I am considering the final coat or two with a badger brush. Maybe not. 3" foam brush for tops, but 2" for side and corners. Someone suggested letting the foam soak in the varnish for a few minutes and that has been a great tip.

When I get the final build done, I am going to wet sand with 1500 and then buff out with Finesse-it. The pic doesn't show it, but it takes so long to dry that it's nearly impossible to prevent little dust specs from settling on the surface. I'm hoping this technique will work.
03-16-2013 11:02 AM
Re: Finish for new mahogany

Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
I know you aren't a fan of gloss, but here is my work in progress. 6 coats, I may get 10 on before I'm done. Its a leaf from our cockpit table. The reflection is the pic hanging on the wall behind it.

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Foam brush?
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