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Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:42pm

Post Subject: Varnish?

I am looking to varnish the wood of our cratch, should I invest in specialist boat varnish or would a good quality varnish from the likes of B&Q suffice? In fact is varnising the correct treatment for this external wood or should I be applying another type of wood treatment.


Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:52am

Post Subject: Varnish?

It might be a good idea to email the editor direct and ask him to get Phil Speight to answer this in the magazine (Phil does not seem to use the forum). This is a bit outside my expertise having had a gut full of varnished boats when I worked on the Thames. If you do varnish it will probably require rubbing down and the application of new coats every year. I understand that Polyurethane varnish suffers from ultraviolet degradation if used outside so if I was going to varnish I would avoid this. I am not sure the modern water based varnishes will stand up well to exterior use. I expect any yacht varnish will do the job (look a Screwfix/Toolbank) but I know a number of people swear by an oiled finish. This again will require reapplication every year but with less work than varnish. Please would our readers chip into this thread - especially if you use and external oiled finish. Tony Brooks

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