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    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    Try as I might, I can never get a blemish free varnish job like that shown. It couldn't possibly be me, could it? Must be the air here in the Northeast.
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    The entire construction of this hull, or this small part of the hull, makes me think what a labor of love goes into the building of a fine wooden boat. From design to finish, you don't see this coming out of a mold.

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    I wonder what it will look like in five years time. even with a shed-load of TLC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    I wonder what it will look like in five years time. even with a shed-load of TLC?
    Has to be maintained and kept out of the sun as much as possible.

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    Hot and slippery; oh yeah: time-consuming and expensive!

    What's wrong with some people!


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    As much as I enjoy seeing a good varnish job.I have no intention of owning any boat that requires such a lot of attention.My last serious varnish job convinced me it was no fun spending twice as long sanding each coat as it took to apply the next-and thats with out the time taken to create the polythene tent and to wet the floor with a watering can to keep the dust down.

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    The other end:

    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    How fair is thy yacht?

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    When I first graduated from college, I was offered a job at this shop. I turned it down, but occasionally regret that decision...

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    this sounds crazy, but in repairing and re-varnishing the mast, spars, and tiller of my GP14.. I found I do not mind Varnish work. It's kind of soothing
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    That's nice. On a charter boat. The crew must hate it when the well heeled punters sit on that stuff with their $800 jeans with copper rivets in the back pockets. Go the bikinis every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcford View Post
    Has to be maintained and kept out of the sun as much as possible.
    Oh yes, a sailboat kept out of the sun………………….

    Six coats on my skiff deck so far, a long way from perfect. Two more to go and that'll be it till next year……………..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Haberland View Post
    this sounds crazy, but in repairing and re-varnishing the mast, spars, and tiller of my GP14.. I found I do not mind Varnish work. It's kind of soothing
    Yes, the rough sanding and fairing is hard, hard work, but the varnishing itself is meditative. Don't know why people get so warped out about it. High quality painting is actually harder.

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    this sounds crazy, but in repairing and re-varnishing the mast, spars, and tiller of my GP14.. I found I do not mind Varnish work. It's kind of soothing
    Same here. I don't want a varnish-farm like the OP --trim and spars of a 19' sloop are quite enough, thank you-- and my varnish will never be that quality, but as pcford says, the varnish is actually easier than the paint.

    Varnish like the OP is awfully pretty to look at when it's someone else's problem, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcford View Post
    Yes, the rough sanding and fairing is hard, hard work, but the varnishing itself is meditative. Don't know why people get so warped out about it. High quality painting is actually harder.
    Bingo!
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    Information please

    A very long time ago I used to be involved with the maintenance of some very beautiful classics. When we varnished, we used to dust between coats with a fine white powder, like talcum powder. I remember doing it, but cannot for the life of me remember why.

    Could anyone enlighten me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcford View Post
    Yes, the rough sanding and fairing is hard, hard work, but the varnishing itself is meditative. Don't know why people get so warped out about it. High quality painting is actually harder.
    My issue is that varnish lasts about 3 weeks whereas paint can go for years. OK I exaggerate, for the purposes of illustration.

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    "OK I exaggerate"

    Not by much!

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    Beautiful. I keep the front deck of my motorboat as unfinished teak because I like the contrast to the varnish, as in the pictures.

    I'm with pcford on the fussy and then meditative nature of varnishing.

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    When we varnished, we used to dust between coats with a fine white powder, like talcum powder.
    Would that have been rottenstone? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotten_stone

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    Maybe I'd enjoy varnishing more if I did a line of white powder between coats.

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    It's expensive enough, just in the can.

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    it smells good

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    The varnish in the OP.. you think sprayed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Haberland View Post
    The varnish in the OP.. you think sprayed?
    Me thinks too !

    My preference is for a buff finish, not the high gloss shine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Maybe I'd enjoy varnishing more if I did a line of white powder between coats.
    I'm sure you would. It was a delightful experience. But you must remember to dust it on the woodwork between coats. Use it for any other purpose and the quality of your varnish will work turn out to be ..... disappointing.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitsligo View Post
    Would that have been rottenstone? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotten_stone

    Alex
    I don't think so. It was not mixed with anything. Just dusted onto the wood just before putting on the next coat.
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