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Last meticulous prep now looks like shite.

It was several coats of west with uv hardener

(407) and six coats of vanish. Didn’t last more than 18 months

And at 3.5 yrs looks like a case of leprosy.

Any proven formulates?

Should have had a cover.

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I know you live in a sunnier place than I do but still I think it should have lasted longer. What type of wood? Oak and epoxy for instance is non-trivial to make work in my experience.

 

Then we have tho option of KISS. If swelling/shrinking with variations in humidity is not an issue for this tiller I would consider good old one-pot varnish. Yes, it will need to be re-done on a regular basis but it is not hard work. A cover will extend the service interval considerably.

 

/Martin

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I took my tiller back to bare wood 6 years ago, epoxied 1 coat then only 4 of spar varnish.

Then got a soft sunbrella cover made. 

Still looks like new (apart from where I dropped the boom on it  :roll: ).

 

It's the cover that protects it I reckon.

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Strip back, 80 to 100 grit,

80/20 thinner/varnish ~ couple of coats

 

50/50 same

 

Then 6 to 8 coats for a total of no less than 10.

It may be worth wet sanding after 4 coats for a better finish then another 4 coats.

Get a cover for it, if not wet sand 400 grit and 2 coats every 6 months.

 

Schooner or gold spar / similar

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