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MarkW86
12-02-2018, 06:55 PM
Admittedly, I have difficulty varnishing. if the object is not horizontal, I get runs. I have not been able to varnish a spar until it built something to spin it while it's drying. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duZicyf2_mk

My question is: if it's chilly, what do i do? Thin the varnish? Try to spread it thinner? Warm the varnish? Don't bother? I've hear all of these.

Varnishers, let me know your best practice.

JimConlin
12-02-2018, 07:22 PM
Thinning with naphtha rather than mineral spirits will flash off a bit faster.

It's hard to get decent results in cool conditions.

David G
12-02-2018, 09:24 PM
Here's an earlier thread on the topic --

http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?105788-varnish-in-cold-weather

The short answer is: thin it a bit, and add japan drier. Put on light coats.

Bob Cleek
12-03-2018, 07:20 PM
Or you can follow the directions on the can and varnish in temperatures that are favorable. I realize that may be a novel concept, but....

pcford
12-03-2018, 07:26 PM
Or you can follow the directions on the can and varnish in temperatures that are favorable. I realize that may be a novel concept, but....

Now don't go hog wild there, Cleekster.

keelhauler
12-04-2018, 06:36 AM
Does anyone remember "chiltered" varnish? We put it in a bucket of ice while brushing it on.

navydog
12-04-2018, 08:42 AM
Chilled varnish on hot days, not the same animal..

CundysHarbor
12-04-2018, 08:54 AM
Calahan's varnish. Can of varnish in an ice bath, ladders and staging, what could possibly go wrong?

willin woodworks
12-04-2018, 09:29 AM
Never chilled varnish but I have chilled epoxy to keep it from kicking too fast in an enclosed space. Plastic keg cup full of epoxy in a one pound coffee can with ice and a bit of water, one of those upside down, scrunched into the locker with sweat in the eyes, why am I here jobs....