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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
 
4.3

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Detailed work (4)
  • Small areas (4)
  • Large areas (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (11), 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

 

Yellow Blisters Appeared !?!

Used Pettit Flagship Varnish on my teak gunwales. Put 22 coats on in April/May 2014, it looked great all summer! Come winter we shrunk wrap the boat. By February, I had...Read complete review

Used Pettit Flagship Varnish on my teak gunwales. Put 22 coats on in April/May 2014, it looked great all summer! Come winter we shrunk wrap the boat. By February, I had yellow blisters in the vanish. Spoke with a friend who also used Pettit Flagship on his teak and he had the same yellow blisters. Both of our blisters appeared around the beginning of Feb 2015. So I contacted Pettit, spoke to a representative who could care less and I emailed him my pictures. I was advised that moisture caused my issue. He said to me on the phone that if water sits on the vanish it will penetrate it. That didn't sound right to me. I would be more willing to except that it was something I did, if it didn't happen to someone else as well. I was very disappointed at the way Pettit handled the situation.

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1.0

Yellow Blisters Appeared !?!

By Forty Two + 8

from PA

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Deteriorates
    • Retains Moisture

    Best Uses

      Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Flagship Varnish:

      Used Pettit Flagship Varnish on my teak gunwales. Put 22 coats on in April/May 2014, it looked great all summer! Come winter we shrunk wrap the boat. By February, I had yellow blisters in the vanish. Spoke with a friend who also used Pettit Flagship on his teak and he had the same yellow blisters. Both of our blisters appeared around the beginning of Feb 2015. So I contacted Pettit, spoke to a representative who could care less and I emailed him my pictures. I was advised that moisture caused my issue. He said to me on the phone that if water sits on the vanish it will penetrate it. That didn't sound right to me. I would be more willing to except that it was something I did, if it didn't happen to someone else as well. I was very disappointed at the way Pettit handled the situation.

       
      5.0

      great product, i use it on classic canoe

      By kanu

      from chattanooga tn

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Even Paint Distribution

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Detailed Work

        Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Flagship Varnish:

        i restore antique canvas covered cedar canoes. This product brings out the beauty of the aged wood in the canoe. Most of the canoes I have done are from 1908 to 1923. This product brings such depth to these old canoes.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Tried and True

        By Rick

        from Oregon coast

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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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              awesome

              By codfather

              from Va beach Va

              Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Z Spar Flagship Varnish:

              logest lasting ive ever used.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Product

              By jimsheila

              from Simpsonville, SC

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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

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                            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

                                Verified Reviewer

                                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.

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