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Steve

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Varnish
« on: May 12, 2012, 10:20:54 AM »

Can anyone recommend a good varnish, on my Robbe Atlantis I used an acrylic lacquer last year.
It looked great at the time but over the winter I found it had not bound itself to the wood planking and it had started to crack in places.
So I'm now looking for a proven varnish and best method of application, plus whether to go with satin or a gloss finish.
I'm hoping to finally say she's finished and get her out on some real stretches of water rather than the back yard paddling pool.

Here is a link to the pictures I have of her at the end of last year, since then she has had a genoa sail fitted which has had its problems along the way.
https://picasaweb.google.com/107161168091837550562/LadyMarion?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJyYjMfA8rfnOg&feat=directlink#5648201398712114978

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Re: Varnish
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2012, 10:29:59 AM »

Steve,

I don't know if this is the kind of finish you're looking for http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=31896.msg369699#msg369699

Mike uses an oil based varnish called LeTonkinois and is available from here


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Re: Varnish
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2012, 11:00:07 AM »

I use real yacht varnish...such as "International". You can get it from B&Q and the like.
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Re: Varnish
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2012, 11:11:24 AM »

I use real yacht varnish...such as "International". You can get it from B&Q and the like.

Does it say this on the back?



Look at the wording under 'Suitable Surfaces' ok2


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Re: Varnish
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2012, 11:16:15 AM »

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Re: Varnish
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2012, 04:34:29 PM »

Atlantis as a wishbone schooner would not have varnished decks
They would be lethal 

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Re: Varnish
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2012, 04:53:57 PM »

Thanks Ned,
point taken, so what are my options?

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Re: Varnish
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2012, 04:58:29 PM »

Does it say this on the back?



Look at the wording under 'Suitable Surfaces' ok2


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yeah, yeah. But my boats dont spend much time in the water  {-)
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Re: Varnish
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2012, 05:04:05 PM »

Hi Steve

I used Tung Oil on my Atlantis, it's completely waterproof and can be reapplied at anytime. There is no staining, cracking or flaking, it brings out the natural colour of the timber and dries (after a couple of days depending on the weather) to a nice matt finish. If you want a glossy finish you'll have to stick to varnish but this is my choice and I'm well pleased with the result.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Varnish
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2012, 07:21:03 PM »

More food for thought:-
The planked deck of my latest model was covered with finest grade GRP wing tissue, which, after rubbing down with fine wire wool, came up like a  natural wood unvarnished deck which will never succumb to water ingress .

If a 'conventional' varnish finish is preferred, use a Matt  variety - though after several coats it will come up much darker than a GRP tissue finish, and will not be as waterproof.

For what it's worth, I intend to  use the GRP tissue method on all future decks, irrespective of whether unpainted or painted. In the event of the latter,  I would overspray with a Matt vanish top coat.

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Re: Varnish
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2012, 02:15:46 PM »

Thanks for that, certainly something to consider in the future, My final decision was to go with Tung oil,
I'm on my fifth coat now and she's looking great.
Thanks once again
Steve
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