HINTS TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE A PERFECT RESULT EVERY TIME
- Round the edges of any scrapers with a file to
- Keep the sandpaper clean and change it frequently.
- Sand by numbers, finishing the surface with a
progressively finer grade of paper.
- Varnishing is best achieved on warm, dry mornings; cold weather slows drying and dampness
spoils the gloss.
- Always use a clean brush, previously used only
- Always buy the highest quality varnish and
brush available. This will ensure you achieve the
most attractive finish.
- Clean new brushes before use.
- Test the finish on a spare piece of wood before
applying to the boat.
- On large areas use a foam roller to apply the initial
coat, followed immediately behind with a wide
brush for the finishing strokes - this is best done
by two people.
- Alternatively, having cleaned and washed the
brush, suspend it by its handle to avoid any
"fishtailing" of the bristle.
- As the varnish ages in the can you may find
there are lumps or contamination. Filtering the
varnish into a separate container through a paint
filter, cheesecloth or an old stocking is a good
solution to this problem.
- Always pour the amount of varnish that you
expect to use at any one time, into a separate
- When applying varnish always be sure to have
good ventilation. Poor ventilation will result in
a hazy or flat finish.
X Never apply direct from the can, as this will
X Don't use varnish which has been open for a
long period as it will have picked up dust.
X Do not varnish wood when exposed to direct
X Never leave bare wood exposed too long as it
will absorb moisture from the atmosphere.
Original article from Interlux (pdf)