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Old 03-11-2010, 06:59 PM   #1
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Best Exterior Varnish?

Two 24" name boards and 4 vertical narrow steps to top level. What is the longest lasting exterior varnish?
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Old 03-12-2010, 04:18 AM   #2
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RE: Best Exterior Varnish?

Practical Sailor covers this and much more.
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Old 03-12-2010, 04:34 AM   #3
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RE: Best Exterior Varnish?

When Powerboat Reports tested them, Fabula's Honey Teak came out on top, followed by Smith & Company's Five Year Clear. The latter has been discontinued and*Smith now recommends Epifanes Gloss instead.

I've been using the Honey Teak for 9 years now and love it. http://www.fabulainc.com/*You can read the test results from Practical Sailor and Powerboat Reports on their site.
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:57 AM   #4
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RE: Best Exterior Varnish?

I think you'll get many different responses! Bottom line, there is no magic product that will last forever. They key is good preparation, 5-6 coats and 1-2 maintenance coats every year.

Personnaly, I've had very good results with Epifanes.
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RE: Best Exterior Varnish?

For the*heavy weather areas I use West Wystem clear epoxy first which protect the wood with a few clear coats a varnish which helps protect the epoxy from sun.** Interlux Gold Spar clear is a Polyurethane that* I use and holds up well. *
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Practial what?
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RE: Best Exterior Varnish?

Brooklin Boat Yard in Maine (who do mostly wooden boats, traditional carvel planked or cold molded) has a couple of slatted benches they keep out in the weather. They used to do each slat with a a fair amount of coats of different varnishes or other coatings and let the benches sit for a few seasons to "season" as it were. Even with this method I am not sure if a consensus was ever reached as to the "best" coating. Sometimes they seemed to favor one brand/type over another and then, for some reason, they switched to a different one. But Epifanes always seemed to come back as the one they used consistently.
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I think you'll get many different responses! Bottom line, there is no magic product that will last forever. They key is good preparation, 5-6 coats and 1-2 maintenance coats every year.

Personnally, I've had very good results with Epifanes.
The above quote pretty much sums up my experience.

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RE: Best Exterior Varnish?

Start with 2 coats of "sealer" on the bare wood. Then 6 coats of varnish. Lastly, finish it off with 2 coats of Awlgrip Clear. The Awlgrip clear will provide great UV protection and make the varnish last alot longer. 2 years before you have to touch it!
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Start with 2 coats of "sealer" on the bare wood. Then 6 coats of varnish. Lastly, finish it off with 2 coats of Awlgrip Clear. The Awlgrip clear will provide great UV protection and make the varnish last alot longer. 2 years before you have to touch it!
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I've also heard people put a car clear coat and then polish it to a mirror finish.


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I use Awlvarnish. Seems fine but as always, only as good as the prep.
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