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Z Spar Captain's Varnish

Z Spar 1015 Captains Varnish is a high solids marine varnish that is a copolymerization of several different resins and drying oils - it has found remarkable acceptance by users throughout the world. Captain's Varnish is recommended for the highest quality work. It has outstanding gloss retention and all-around durability. It is considered by its many users to be the most durable varnish ever offered to the boating trade. Contains Ultra Violet absorbers and filters.
 
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    Technical Specifications

  • Resin: Alkyd/ Phenolic
  • Oil: Linseed/Tung
  • Oil Length: 20 gals.
  • UV Absorbers: Present
  • Solids (theoretical): Weight- 55 +- 1%, Volume- 48 +- 1%
  • Coverage: 585 sq. ft/gal.
  • VOC: 410 g/l (3.4 lbs/gal) as supplied
  • Flash Point:105Deg F
  • Application Method: Brush or Spray
  • Number of Coats: Bare Wood- 4 minimum, Existing Varnish- 2 minimum
  • Dry Film Thickness per coat: 1.5 mils (3.1 wet mils)
  • Application Temp: 40Deg F. Min., 90Deg F. Max.

  • APPLICATION INFORMATION
    Do not shake varnish. Stir gently before application, being careful not to introduce air bubbles into the varnish. Z*Spar 1015 Captain's Varnish may be applied by brush, conventional or airless spray. Thinning is not normally required although on warm days use Pettit 120/T10 Brushing Thinner at 5- 10% by volume to ease brushing and maintain good flow and levelling. In very warm weather (80Deg F and above) use Pettit 110/T11 Brush Flo Thinner at 5-10% by volume to maintain good flow and levelling. When spraying, use Pettit 121/T8 Spraying Thinner up to 20% by volume. Spray one even, wet coat to minimize orange peel. Do not apply in heavy films or build coats too quickly as solvent entrapment, blistering or wrinkling may occur. Do not apply Captain's Varnish on extremely humid days or when rain is threatening. Do not apply in the late afternoon when working outdoors as the wet film may be adversely affected by dew. DO NOT apply this varnish to a wood hull which has been dried more than one week under conditions such as artificial heat. Do not use Captain's Varnish below the waterline on boats that remain in the water. The moisture content of the wood should be a minimum of 15% when varnished. This will eliminate expansion cracking, micro-checking and gloss loss when the varnish is in service.

  • SURFACE PREPARATION
    Wood must be clean, dry and properly prepared prior to varnishing. When sanding wood, always sand with the grain. Use a vacuum, air hose, or tack rag to remove all traces of sanding residue. Follow all surface preparation steps carefully, avoiding shortcuts. Inadequate surface preparation will virtually assure inadequate varnish performance.
Dry Time Hours  Set-to-touch  Tack Free  Dry Hard 
90Deg F.  1-3 hrs  3-5 hrs  8-12 hrs 
70Deg F.  2-4 hrs  5-7 hrs  12-20 hrs 
50Deg. F  4-8 hrs  12-16 hrs  24-48 hrs 

 

  • Ultra Violet absorbers and filters for long-term gloss retention.
  • Recommended for the highest quality work
  • Outstanding gloss retention and all around durability.
  • This is the prefered varnish when painting in a variable environment.

 

BRAND: Pettit Z-Spar
Number Of Parts: One Part
Type: Varnishes
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Pettit Z-SparZ Spar Captain's Varnish
 
4.4

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (9)
  • Easy to clean (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large areas (9)
    • Small areas (8)
    • Detailed work (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (12), Casual do-it-yourselfer (6), Professional (5), Do-it-yourself (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Does the job it's intended for - well!

    This varnish applies well, sets to an even finish, is hard-wearing and gives good U-V resistance. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars - and this may be a little unfair...Read complete review

    This varnish applies well, sets to an even finish, is hard-wearing and gives good U-V resistance. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars - and this may be a little unfair - is that on anything other than a horizontal surface (that includes most boats) even a thin coat has a tendency to run or sag. This can be avoided by applying VERY thin coats which require a little more working for application.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    OK varnish

    As I was short on my favoured LeTonkinios I tried a can of the 1015 z-Spar and used it on a transom and some cabin interior parts. The z-spar is OK at best, compared...Read complete review

    As I was short on my favoured LeTonkinios I tried a can of the 1015 z-Spar and used it on a transom and some cabin interior parts. The z-spar is OK at best, compared with LeTinkinios it does not flow as nice, builds up too fast, is smelly and clean up is hazardous. Due to its comparably high viscosity it is by far not as economical as the LeTonkinios, the finish ths not as "smooth and clean" - even after 7 coats.
    This is a typical Varnish - nothing special. If you want to experience how great varnish can be: try LeTonkinios (make sure you order the "Vernis Marine No1")

    Reviewed by 26 customers

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    5.0

    dont know what you want here

    By Jim

    from Sylvester Ga

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Even Paint Distribution

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Detailed Work

      Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Captain's Varnish:

      none

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great finish

      By DAVID K

      from SHAMOKIN, PA

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer
      Ensign

      Pros

      • Even Paint Distribution

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Detailed Work
        • Large Areas
        • Small Areas

        Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Captain's Varnish:

        My brother is a profesional house painter and he could not believe the high build and great finish

         
        5.0

        I build wood strip kayaks

        By Donkey

        from Topeka, Kansas

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Goes On Even No Sags

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

          Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Captain's Varnish:

          I really did not want to use this product but time was of the essence and I tried it because it is on hand. I've never been so please. It went on even and self leveled nicely I had friends who thought I sprayed it. I do think the dry environment and proper temperature had something to do with it. Also a really good brush. This went on over epoxy.

           
          5.0

          Good choice for the traditional look

          By Moosemiester

          from Anchor Pointe, Ohio

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Buyer
          Ensign

          Pros

          • Even Paint Distribution

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Captain's Varnish:

              If you crave the traditional look, this is the way to go. Buy small cans, as it goes a long ways and doesn't like being opened and closed over and over (like any paint/varnish).

              If you have an older boat with teak trim, this will give you a very pleasing result.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              great finish

              By Turf guy

              from Niagara Falls

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Captain's Varnish:

                    Had to add more than 10% thinner to achieve the best results. Was getting a lot of air bubbles that wouldn't disperse, but by increasing the thinner (a little at a time) I was able to achieve the viscosity that would leave a great finish and yet allow the bubbles to escape. In the end --- GREAT finish

                     
                    5.0

                    Always a TOP product

                    By Bob

                    from Gig Harbor, WA

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • FLOWS EVENLY
                    • Outstanding Gloss

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Bright Work

                      Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Captain's Varnish:

                      Applies evenly and dries in a reasonable time. Does require care on vertical surfaces.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Does the job it's intended for - well!

                      By PeterVT

                      from Addison, VT

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy application
                      • Hard-wearing

                      Cons

                      • Slight Tendency To Run

                      Best Uses

                      • Strip Canoe Finish

                      Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Captain's Varnish:

                      This varnish applies well, sets to an even finish, is hard-wearing and gives good U-V resistance. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars - and this may be a little unfair - is that on anything other than a horizontal surface (that includes most boats) even a thin coat has a tendency to run or sag. This can be avoided by applying VERY thin coats which require a little more working for application.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Easy to Use with Great Results

                      By Kathy the Sailor

                      from Cheboygan, Michigan

                      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Even Paint Distribution
                      • Lightweight
                      • Smooth Flowing

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Detailed Work
                        • Large Areas
                        • Small Areas

                        Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Captain's Varnish:

                        After swearing off sailboats with outside teak trim 31 years ago, we purchased a newer sailboat with a considerable amount of trim. It had been well cared for, but definitely needed refreshing. Captain's Varnish had been used by the previous owner (don't know which brand) so we chose the Z Spar. If we'd realized how nicely this product goes on and how beautiful the result is, we might have purchased a newer sailboat a lot sooner! We'll be very proud of our exterior brightwork next season.

                        (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        product arrived with top caved in. Now d

                        By john

                        from oconomowoc. wi

                        About Me Professional

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Captain's Varnish:

                              Your product arrived with a damaged top so it does not seal. The can will have to be tossed!

                              It's a good product though.

                               
                              5.0

                              Using Z Spar Captains Varnish

                              By Art

                              from Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

                              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                              Pros

                              • Ease to use Great finish
                              • Easy To Clean
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Large Areas
                                • Small Areas

                                Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Captain's Varnish:

                                I use 1-2 coats of Old Salem 2018 Clear Sealer before putting on the Z Spar Varnish. Light sanding between coats with 150-220 grit, with both
                                sealer and varnish. Use tack rag very lightly, as
                                tack rag chemical can transfer to surface and cause uneven adhearance. I use air hose to blow off sanding dust. Use a good brush such as badger
                                hair, and tip off with foam brush (extremely light
                                touch). Several light coats are best. Overnight drying between coats is best. Thick coating can blister or craze. I like the Pettit products. They do what they say it will do. Love the easypoxy topside paint. It flows to a rich smooth finish in minutes.

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