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Topic Review (Newest First)
03-19-2010 09:51 AM
awatson Wanted to post my experience with Bristol finish. I applied several coats, and then carefully stored the remainder of the unmixed product as directed for a few months, and to my dismay, the catalyst had hardened and was ruined. Since I did exactly what I was supposed to, I contacted the manufacturer, as I had lost a significant quantity. They would NOT stand behind their product, and credit me for the additional catalyst, that I now have to purchase.
The jury is still out on how the finish itself performs, but it really needs to deliver, after this setback, in order to earn my recommendation.
12-04-2002 08:45 AM
Denr
bristol coating instead of varnish

If you didn''t use so much sailkote on everything the Bristol Finish might stick to the teak!
12-04-2002 08:19 AM
SailorMitch
bristol coating instead of varnish

Last year (spring 2001) I scraped off the many layers of Cetol on my exterior teak and applied the recommended 6 coats of Bristol Finish. After about 3 months, it started lifting up at the hard edges of the toe rail -- the 90 degree bend where the top and sides meet. I called the outfit for advice, and talked to the owner. He said it won''t stick to hard bends like that, and that I had to round off the edges if I expected the BF to stick. I wasn''t happy because the literature said nothing about that, and the stuff costs $50 a quart.

So this spring I rounded off the edges as he advised using a random orbital sander (just a tad - not too much) and gave it all another 6 coats of BF. It is holding up very well, although there are a couple of spots where I need to do some more sanding to round it off more.

All told, I am pleased with the final result but wish the literature covered this hard edge issue. BF is a hard, tough finish that looks terrific. My hatch boards look terrific and this was their second full season with the original 6 coats. And I think the toe rails will be fine with the edge rounded off some. When I touch up the couple of spots that need it, I''ll put another 3 coats or so on the toe rails just to be safe, and because I should have enough BF left to do that. May as well use it up on the assumption that it should last another 3-4 years here on the Chesapeake, and I''ll buy new down the road.

12-04-2002 07:37 AM
agoodman
bristol coating instead of varnish

I have used bristol on my C&C 35 in the great lakes. What is nice about it is you can apply many coats in short amount of time. We did the outside handrails,dorade boxes and hatchway a couple years ago and it has held up very nicely. THis year we roughed it up a bit and applied a another coat.
11-29-2002 02:41 PM
jklewissf
bristol coating instead of varnish

I saw an ad in CW for a product called Bristol finish. I went to their web site and was attracted by the claims of durability.

I had maintained the teak on my norsea 27 for 15 years using Goldspar epiglas varnish from New Zealand. It seemed to hold up better than many other varnishes but now I cant find a source.

So, I have two questions; 1. Does anyone have any experience with this bristol finish?
2. Does anyone know a source of Goldspar epiglas..

 
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