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I'm going with spruce.
Use CPES instead of West 105/202 (for example)?
What paint should I use?
Bed all hardware including spreader tips? Doesn't the epoxy isolate the wood from water?
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Yes.
A white topsides enamel of some kind 2-pack or 1-pack as you like over a proper Yacht Primer.
I would.. only because I'd rather not go up there just because something has loosened off.
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Tradition has the underside varnished...well, for me anyway.


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I'm going with spruce.
Use CPES instead of West 105/202 (for example)?
What paint should I use?
Bed all hardware including spreader tips? Doesn't the epoxy isolate the wood from water?
You can do that, or take the easy way out. Build a typical varnish coating:thinned first and second coat, then 5 or 6 coats un-thinned, sanding lightly between coats. Do the whole spreader.

When that's dry, tape off the top surface, lightly sand, apply a couple coats of hardware store white enamel(only the seagulls will see it). Then install any hardware, and yes, bedding compound.

For maintenance, lightly sand, varnish the whole spreader, right over the paint.

Eventually, every coating will need removal. Plain varnish comes off easily, as does the paint on top.

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^I'll send you a bit of 80 grit...


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I'm going with spruce.
Use CPES instead of West 105/202 (for example)?
What paint should I use?
Bed all hardware including spreader tips? Doesn't the epoxy isolate the wood from water?
I'm not familiar with West 105/202 so I can't comment on that. I do know that CPES is very thin and soaks in to the wood before it cures. This effectively turns a thin layer of wood in to "wood reinforced plastic" and seals off the wood from water ingress. If West 105/202 does that as well then that may be an option.

I use white one part polyurethane on the top side of the spreaders. Brightside is the type, forget the brand, they sell it at west marine. It seems to hold up fairly well. The paint seems to bond well with the CPES epoxy.

I use Cetol light on the sides and underside. Looks good enough for me, I ain't no museum boat after all, especially from 30' away.

Yes, I do think it's a good idea to bed everything with a sealant that is removable (i.e. not 5200). You will want to be able to remove, inspect, and clean things up from time to time. I use 4000UV there. LifeCaulk might work well there too. The CPES ideally will keep water out, but when hardware gets attached, it could compromise the epoxy coating to some extant and water could work it's way in to small gaps between the hardware and the wood. If there's a small crack or gauge in the epoxy, then that becomes an ideal place for rot to start since the water won't evaporate away very fast from down inside a crevice. So the sealant is there to prevent that as much as possible. Belt and suspenders kind of thing.

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Re: Making wooden spreaders. Material?

+1 on the Brightsides for the spreader and the mast. I thinned the paint out for the first few coats as the temperature was in the 90's.


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