View Full Version : Got tired of the dust so I wet sanded today.
05-05-2008, 11:09 PM
I lost track of how many coats I put on, but I do know that I have gone through 3 qts of Captain's Varnish. Anyways I wet sanded the Tollycraft today and I liked doing something different. However, should I now be concerned with water getting into the cracks and holes and expanding or seeping underneath the varnish. I wiped the boat clean with their "Pettit" brushing thinner and all looks good. I will now wait 24 hours before the next coat of varnish. I'm hoping this is long enough for all the water that is still hiding to evaporate
Oh..West Marine has a two-for-one special on this varnish!
05-06-2008, 10:11 AM
However, should I now be concerned with water getting into the cracks and holes and expanding or seeping underneath the varnish.
Maybe I missed something, but what cracks are there? Pictures?
05-06-2008, 05:20 PM
Sorry, when I said cracks I should have said the open screw and bolt holes for the lights, cleets, etc. I'm going to varnish today so I'll post new pictures tonight.
05-06-2008, 05:25 PM
Now if'n you were using Deks Olje #1 (oil) followed by #2 (gloss), the directions on the can say to wet sand with #1 between coats of #2.
No worries about water with that.
After I completed a couple of jobs using Deks, I never went back to Captain's Varnish, nor any other.
05-06-2008, 06:01 PM
Water is obviously not good, getting in anywhere. I understand your concerns and think they are valid. I think it will definitely get in cracks (joints and seams) and have done just that. Screw holes? You don't really want water in there, but...
It can really be sweet wet sanding especially for a change and no dust is great. Two customers lately have been really excited when they saw me wet sanding and said that they though you get a better and smoother result when you wet sand! And one has a college degree. Boat people have some really strange ideas. Or lack of ideas.
One thing you can really do with wet sanding is cut fresh coating. And you can cut drips and runs, that you would never touch with dry paper. Somehow it really does cut well. Like a dream actually...
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