Marine Varnish - needs a good base

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Project by Bosun posted 01-17-2022 01:01 AM 657 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Marine Varnish needs a good base to prevent cracking due to variation in timber moisture and because of weather, or so I’m told…

We had an old Oregon spar which needed some TLC.

So we used WEST SYSTEM Epoxy Resin 105 an Hardener 207

Here’s a short video of what we did –

And here’s the finished product – ready for a coat or two of marine varnish!

-- Bosun, Tasmania,

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 01-20-2022 05:29 PM

Nice restoration. I don’t think you can beat Wests System Epoxy. It penetrates 1/32” into the wood. I used it everywhere on my hovercraft and never had any joint failures or wood deterioration…...........Cheers, JIm

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 01-20-2022 08:24 PM

Yes, it’s a great product.

-- Bosun, Tasmania,

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#3 posted 02-05-2022 11:40 PM

Makes a great base for paint as well. I unstepped and strippedd my spruce spars off my ketch back in 1992. Used the penetrating West System on it till it wouldn’t soak in anymore. 4 coats of Interlux then restepped. They were brought back down in 2008 for repainting. There has been some maintenance touch up done over the intervening years but still no indication of paint or epoxy failure. Since those days West System epoxy has been my go to product used in many diferent applications. Fine series of products.

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

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