by Brian Cannon
Which varnish is better/easier/last longer?
Z-Spar Flagship, Captain's or Interlux Schooner varnish.
CommentsWhat Varnishby: Mike
I doubt that there is any real significant difference between them.
And I don't believe that there is an ‘easy’ to use varnish.
The main ingredient in how well any brand of style works is in the hands of the user/abuser.Preparation is the key to any paint or varnish application.
Then begin by applying several thinned coats to establish a good, deep, bond between the varnish and the wood.
As you build up the layers sand between each coat, always sanding in the direction of the grain.
Most varnish brands supposedly incorporate ‘UV protection’.
However, how well this works is going to depend on how much sunlight and weathering your boat is exposed to.
So again it us up to you to maintain the vanish by regularly topping up.
For the average boat (if there is such a thing) topping up with a light sanding and a fresh top coat at the beginning and end of the season should keep the bright work looking bright.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~