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Waxing varnish?

Hi,
We just finished varnishing our caprail. We used Epifanes*clear varnish.
We now want to wax the area and so why not wax the varnished caprail?
We want to use Big White past wax.
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Re: Waxing varnish?

I don't see why you can't or shouldn't do this.

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Re: Waxing varnish?

Never needed to put anything but 4/5 coats of epifannes on.
What is it you don’t like about the current look?

Not sure how the wax will affect touching it up in future years either. Not sure how was adheres to varnish.


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Never needed to put anything but 4/5 coats of epifannes on.
What is it you don’t like about the current look?

Not sure how the wax will affect touching it up in future years either. Not sure how was adheres to varnish.
High quality varnished wood is often buffed w/ Meguiar's such as:


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Re: Waxing varnish?

I think the folks who do so are typically the show piece old woody boats that are going for a museum quality perfect finish. They've probably even compounded down the varnish to remove the slightest imperfections and wax is helping fill and cover the microscopic swirl marks.

All totally unnecessary on caprail brightwork, but I don't think you can hurt anything.

YMMV. I'd check with Epiphanes too.


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I think the folks who do so are typically the show piece old woody boats that are going for a museum quality perfect finish. They've probably even compounded down the varnish to remove the slightest imperfections and wax is helping fill and cover the microscopic swirl marks.

All totally unnecessary on caprail brightwork, but I don't think you can hurt anything.

YMMV. I'd check with Epiphanes too.
Well this is true... before waxing you sand with 1000 grit and it is a very high quality finish. But some people want such a finish, though not necessary. Dust is the problem with varnishing... with wax dust is not an issue.

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Re: Waxing varnish?

There's a huge difference between waxing that nice flat deck on the Chris Craft and a curved cap rail on a sailboat. For a wax job to come out properly, I believe it requires a buffer, which would be very difficult on a curved surface like a cap rail.
I also suspect it would interfere with the recoating, especially in any joints (cap rail to toe rail/bulwark, for instance) where the wax would be nothing more than an unbuffed residue.
If you want more depth in your varnish, apply more coats, wet sanding between them.

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Re: Waxing varnish?

Wax over varnish?

May negate UV properties of Epifanes
May not be able to add varnish coats next year.
But will have to remove wax/ varnish first


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