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Old 04-13-2012, 12:15 AM   #9
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City: California Delta and SF Bay
Country: Sacramento, CA, USA (boat in Vallejo)
Vessel Name: FlyWright
Vessel Model: Marshall Californian 34 LRC
Join Date: Apr 2008
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Originally Posted by Sam View Post
Just bought a californian. Exteior rails had just been varnished. What should I use for long term wear and best results for the rest of the EXTERIOR wood, ie: doors, hatches and window trim? Oil? Varnish?... if Varnish, gloss? semi?

Same question for interior, Oil, varnish
Do you know what the previous owner used? Do you like the look of the varnish? Unless you want to strip down and start all over again, it would probably be easier to stick with the same product.

My PO used Epifanes varnish and I like the glossy look. Since the boat is kept in a covered slip, it lasts several years before needing a scotchbrite and surface coat. I keep fire hose on the aft rail to protect it from fishing weights and UV damage. It looks a bit funky, but works great!
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