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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 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (10)
  • Easy to clean (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large areas (9)
  • Small areas (8)
  • Detailed work (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (12), Casual do-it-yourselfer (7), Professional (6), 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")

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5.0

best protection

By Karen

from North Dallas, Texas

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Even Paint Distribution

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      i grew up with my Dad always using Z-Spar Captains varnish to protect exterior wood from the harsh California sun. Now it's my turn in Texas!

       
      5.0

      Long lasting great finish

      By Lou

      from Clearwater, FL

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

      long lasting great finish

       
      5.0

      Best I have used

      By Mr. Al

      from Glenburn, ME

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

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

      Recommended to me as a final finish on my kayak projects. Though pricey, the outcome with this product is absolutely gorgeous. It is a glass smooth, very hard, totally clear finish that easily brushes on with a foam brush. Excellent cover for fiberglass resin, bonds very well. As a gallon will serve for many projects, the price becomes quite reasonable per finished product.

       
      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 DF

        from Shamokin, PA

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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        Verified Buyer

        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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good choice for the traditional look

            By Moosemiester

            from Anchor Pointe, Ohio

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer

            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.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                great finish

                By Turf guy

                from Niagara Falls

                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                  (3 of 3 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.

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