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    Default Varnish repair

    Is there any way to finish this varnish and match the existing shade? I have not had luck in the past, but thought I'd ask f anyone has any secrets?
    I really don't want to strip the whole inside of the windshield, as it is in good shape. Obviously, the prep isn't complete yet
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    Default Re: Varnish repair

    I have never been very good at that either.
    A quick wipe with turpentine or paint thinner should give you a pretty good idea of how far off it will be with just varnish. Then you may have a better idea of what you are working with.

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    This stuff is pretty pricey, but the "Vintage Amber" shade is good stuff. You would want to mix it drop by drop into a small specific quantity of varnish and test it until you get the shade you need. Then repeat as needed following that ratio.

    https://www.stewmac.com/luthier-tool...-liquid-stains

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    Default Re: Varnish repair

    Any thoughts about sealing the bare area with laquer before varnish?

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    Default Re: Varnish repair

    If you match it now, it may look goofier later.
    If you do not try to match, it may blend in better over time...uv damage evening things out
    may and may not mean the same thing
    ya know that EVERY boat with varnished winders has this same problem eventually ,right ?

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    I know that this was inevitable, but it doesn't make it less of a bummer. I hate the thought of stripping the whole inside of the the thing and taking off all the mounted gear, 20190519_121045.jpgbut probably will. I guess the upside is that at $6/gallon for fuel, I'll have plenty more time to varnish at my mooring.

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    Default Re: Varnish repair

    Beauty of a boat! You're doing a bang-up job so far!

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    Default Re: Varnish repair

    You can tint the wood with shellac. Shellac is a good primer for varnish as well. Use blond de-waxed shellac. You can add tints to the shellac to make it redder or darker etc.

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    Default Re: Varnish repair

    In my experience the dyes used to tint shellac are quite light fugitive. They will soon bleach out. But I haven’t tried them all.

    Jeff

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    Default Re: Varnish repair

    Not under six coats of varnish they wont.

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    What I'm looking to do is lighten the bare teak and save the remaining varnish. I will end up with multiple coats of Amber on top of it all.

    Considering what I started with I have made a bunch of progress.Entrance damage.jpg
    Last edited by etype38; 05-10-2022 at 06:30 PM.

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    Default Re: Varnish repair

    A local paint and varnish manufacturer matches any shade with a computerized system. The varnish pigment also enhances the UV resistance, which is good to begin with. You are a long way away, but the company is Kush, in Roseville, MI. Dunno if they do anything by mail.

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    Default Re: Varnish repair

    By the way varnish is various colors, depending on the brand. For example Epifanes is dark. Man o'War is light.

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    Default Re: Varnish repair

    What kind of boat is that etype38?
    Could you please share a pic of entire boat? Looks like quite a project.
    Thanks

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