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Z Spar Flagship Varnish

2015 Flagship Varnish is considered the traditional standard in the marine industry, with reliable service, versatile application and tough yet flexible durability.

Flagship's blend of resins and oils achieves excellent brushing performance that levels and sands with the same outstanding characteristics as 1015 Captains Varnish. Flagship boasts the highest screening of damaging UV rays for longer varnish life. This is accomplished through an ultraviolet light filter in conjunction with a hindered amine light stabilizer.

These filters warm woodwork to a light amber hue which will enhance the rich, classic brightwork appearance. A deep rich mirror-like finish increases with each coat of Flagship Varnish, which has the highest build and film depth per coat. Each coat also increase the outstanding abrasion resistance of Flagship Varnish.

 
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  • Technical Specifications

  • Resin: Alkyd/ Phenolic
  • Oil: Linseed/Tung
  • Oil Length: 20 gallons
  • UV Absorbers: Present
  • Solids (theoretical): Weight- 55 +- 1%, Volume- 48 +- 1%
  • Coverage: 450 sq. ft/gal.
  • VOC: 420 g/l (3.5 lbs/gal) as supplied
  • Flash Point:108Deg 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 (3.0 wet mils)
  • Application Temp: 45Deg F. Minimum, 90Deg F. Maximum
  • Flagship Features and Benefits

  • Recommended for the highest quality work
  • Withstands severe weather conditions on salt or fresh water.
  • Contains highest level of UV absorbers and light stabilizers for long-term gloss retention.

 

Dry Time Hours  Set-to-touch  Tack Free  Dry Hard 
90Deg F.  1-3 hrs  4-6 hrs  8-12 hrs 
70Deg F.  2-4 hrs  6-8 hrs  16-20 hrs 
50Deg. F  4-8 hrs  12-16 hrs  24-48 hrs 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Do not shake varnish. Stir gently before application, being careful not to introduce air bubbles into the varnish. Z-Spar 2015 Flagship Varnish may be applied by brush or conventional 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 10% by volume. Spray an even, wet coat to minimize orange peel. Do not apply Flagship 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 Flagship 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.
BRAND: Pettit Z-Spar
Number Of Parts: One Part
Type: Varnishes
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Pettit Z-SparZ Spar Flagship Varnish
 
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  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small areas (4)
    • Detailed work (3)
    • Large areas (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (9), Casual do-it-yourselfer (5), Professional (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great gloss, excellent UV protection!

    I use this excellent varnish on all brightwork on the boats I build and restore. It has excellent gloss and is easy to apply using the rolling and tipping method. I have had terrific...Read complete review

    I use this excellent varnish on all brightwork on the boats I build and restore. It has excellent gloss and is easy to apply using the rolling and tipping method. I have had terrific results using disposable foam mini rollers for application and foam brushes for tipping. This makes cleanup very easy, and there is no possibility of contaminants being introduced into the next coat, as the brushes are new each time. The thickness of the varnish makes it easy to apply a nice glossy coat while not having to lay on so much that it drips. Building up multiple coats is quickly achieved and each one brings the beauty of the wood out even more.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Elasticity problems

    12 sprayed coats on top deck of mahogany veneer speedboat. Cured 9 mos., then hand rubbed to a mirror-like finish. Less than three hours in the sun and it 'alligatored' as though...Read complete review

    12 sprayed coats on top deck of mahogany veneer speedboat. Cured 9 mos., then hand rubbed to a mirror-like finish. Less than three hours in the sun and it 'alligatored' as though it had been brushed! Very disappointing for the expense of this product. 3 years into this restoration!

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    5.0

    Tried and True

    By Rick

    from Oregon coast

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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          Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Flagship Varnish:

          An excellent finish for Mahogany, has good sunlight resistance, produces a marvellous finish.

           
          5.0

          awesome

          By codfather

          from Va beach Va

          Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Flagship Varnish:

          logest lasting ive ever used.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Product

          By jimsheila

          from Simpsonville, SC

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Reviewer

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                Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Flagship Varnish:

                I use this product on my exterior wood doors. This is by far the best finish for exterior wood.

                 
                2.0

                1015 superior to 2015

                By Dad the Distance Runner & Kayaker

                from Aurora, IL

                About Me Beginner

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Industry Standard Brand

                Cons

                • Does Not Go On Evenly

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Flagship Varnish:

                  Got this to compare to 1015. Can't see the advantage. Compared to the Captain's 1015, puddles.

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful finish

                  By Ed

                  from Virginia

                  About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Pros

                  • Even Paint Distribution
                  • Shiny And Smooth Finish

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Detailed Work

                    Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Flagship Varnish:

                    I applied several coats to a tiller and mahonagony rudder for my small sailboat. I take these off the boat and store in my garage, so I cannot speak to sun resistance. It brushes on well and dries smooth.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good Stuff !

                    By Tennessee Tim

                    from Eads,Tn

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • durable
                    • Great finish
                    • Spreads easily and smooth

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Flagship Varnish:

                        American company with qaulity product !

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        GREAT PRODUCT

                        By usmcfred

                        from Dover, MA

                        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Clean
                        • Even Paint Distribution

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Flagship Varnish:

                            Used this Z-Spar on the Bergie pole for my '55 Chris Craft Cobra 21' Runabout. Sanded with 220 grit, wiped, then tack cloth. Two coats looked perfect, but I applied a third for good measure. This product covers and levels very well with no trace of brush strokes. Dries to a glass like finish. Highly recommended. Fred Hammerle Dover, MA

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Best varnish for my needs

                            By Gator Bob

                            from Satellite Beach Florida

                            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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                            Pros

                            • Easy to use
                            • Rich deep coats
                            • Thick and even

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Flagship Varnish:

                                I live in close to the beach where the salt content is extreme. I used the Z Spar Flagship on my 16x25 Pergola, 8- 6"x6"x9' post, 2"x10" and 2"x6" cross beams. I knew the Z Spar was the right choice after the first brush! This was my third application in 4 years, the first 2 times I used cheaper product and they both did not hold up over 2 years (flaking, peeling, and more). So far the Z Spar looks like it will last 3-5 years.
                                Time will tell, I look forward to adding positive comments in several years (4-5?) when I apply my next coat.

                                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                1.0

                                Elasticity problems

                                By Yellow Jacket 59

                                from Central Indiana

                                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Deteriorates

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Flagship Varnish:

                                    12 sprayed coats on top deck of mahogany veneer speedboat. Cured 9 mos., then hand rubbed to a mirror-like finish. Less than three hours in the sun and it 'alligatored' as though it had been brushed! Very disappointing for the expense of this product. 3 years into this restoration!

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Was worth the expense

                                    By Dick

                                    from Cape Cod

                                    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                                    Verified Reviewer

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                                          Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Flagship Varnish:

                                          I used 2015 Flagship Varnish 2 yrs ago on a wood Kayak I build. It was easy to use and still looks good 2 yrs latter. I ordered another can to do my front door. [...]

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