Jump to content

Exterior Varnish etc.


Recommended Posts

I've used Altex Timbercote on my boat's fairly extensive exterior timber. Very easy to apply, looks great, but is ultimately a traditional varnish that needs 1000 coats and starts to look a bit tatty after 18 months.

I've seen some fantastic looking results from people using 2 pack varnishes, so finding some user stories about them would be interesting.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I use a coat of west system epoxy followed by six coats of Epifanes one pot gloss, easy to touch up and looks great . but varnish used to be $9.70 a litre now 10 times that !!!!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Altex Alwood primer and topcoat the only way to go for exterior. Not cheap but lasts. Nothing comes close and you can patch it if you are clever.

20220726_123655.jpg

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

i have used durapox clear coat,  two pot and gives a great finish,  havent yet had to take if off though.  Can also be used as a clear coat on any other painting you are doing including carbon so seems pretty versatile

Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Black Panther said:

2 packs are great until it's time to sand them again

My hope would be it would last long enough so that the next owner is the one to have to sand it!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Varnish discussions are a perennial favourite in wooden boat world, the best varnish is entirely personal and if your circumstances allow you to get your man to do it then it doesnt matter what goes on! 

Hard finishes last significantly longer but the enemy is water intrusion and if it gets underneath via knock etc then it needs to recoated carefully so it doesnt start lifting and while repairing it you don't sand divots into relatively soft timber. Single pack varnishes like schooner need a lot of coats 5-7 initially and seasonal or bi seasonal refreshes but a scotchbrite makes that relatively easy as long as you keep on top of it. A nailpolish bottle of varnish onboard to immediately deal with nicks will keep it looking good for longer too, provided the finish is sufficiently thick to begin with and the biggest issue is again movement and damage allowing water to lift the finish. Personally I like the glow and depth of trad varnish but its way too much work for me which is why I stick to bare timber or gelcoat on the exterior.

  • Upvote 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

On the coamings and toe cap rail my uses a product called lion oil,not sure where its from,but beats varnishing,last/loks great,not a stain more like a lnseed without the smell or oilyness,once or twice a yr .kauri coamings and teak toe rail. But nothing beats a traditional varnish for appearances.Watched a old guy in the 80s varnishing a transom and when finished it ad basically a mirror finish,10 coats but first 2 thinned so it could soak in and seal. I guess now days with the new europhans and expoxys life has got easier.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I use Sikkens oil. Hsle for the base and Filter 7 for top coat. It's not as sharp as varnish but rub it with a cloth and put another coat on easy as.

  • Upvote 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...