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Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish

New Schooner Gold high build, high-gloss varnish replaces traditional Interlux Schooner varnish. Schooner Gold features an optimized blend of premium UV absorbers, HALS and resins to ensure exceptional deep gloss and color retention over the lifetime of the coating.

This high gloss yacht varnish was developed with a traditional amber hue, and tests have proven the gloss retention of Schooner Gold to outperform other leading varnish products.

Features higher build properties and improved self-leveling than the previous 'Schooner' product, allowing you to achieve a professional finish in 4-6 coats; sanding only between every other coat and therefore reducing your work time. With this new formulation there is no need for thinning in warm and higher temperature climates.

 
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  • Advanced UV technology makes 'Schooner Gold', Interlux's longest lasting one-part varnish
  • Blend of UV absorbers, HALS and resins ensure retention of gloss and color
  • Traditional amber color
  • Higher build, easy application, and improved self-leveling qualities
  • Suited for all internal and external woods, including teak
  • Can be applied directly to oily timber, such as teak
  • Schooner Gold can also be used in a system with Clear Wood Sealer

 

Schooner Gold may be applied using brush, roller, conventional spray and airless spray. When using this varnish over bare wood you should apply 2 thinned coats, followed by a minimum of 4 full coats; on previously varnished wood apply 2-4 full coats. When using as a scheme over Clear Wood Sealer, apply a minimum of 2 full coats.
BRAND: Interlux
Type: Varnishes
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Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish
 
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        Great for spray application..

        The original schooner #96 works well for brushing. However, we find that the new Schooner Gold, when thinned properly, is great for spraying & lays down very nice!

        The original schooner #96 works well for brushing. However, we find that the new Schooner Gold, when thinned properly, is great for spraying & lays down very nice!

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        Undecided compared to standard Schooner

        I am refinishing the wood on my 1950 Ford Woodie. I have used Schooner for my interior, mahogany panels and they look great. A marine store told me to try the Gold. I'm ...Read complete review

        I am refinishing the wood on my 1950 Ford Woodie. I have used Schooner for my interior, mahogany panels and they look great. A marine store told me to try the Gold. I'm going to see if I can return it for the Schooner. It is very thick and I thinned it 1/3 for the 1st coat over Maple wood sealed with a penetrating epoxy. I don't think you would use this unthinned. The amber seems slightly grayish compared to the rich gold hue of Schooner. I do like the claim it is less scratch resistant. I'll maybe try it again before I trade it in. It does dry more slowly than Schooner.

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        1.0

        Still Havn't

        By VarnishAmateur

        from Virginia

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              Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

              I switched to Interlux about a year ago. I liked the combination of Jet Speed undercoating with Schooner finish coats... and then Interlux took Jet Speed off the market.

              My experience with Schooner Gold suggests it's not really a high build undercoat varnish for brushers. Even indoors at moderate temperature, it proved impossible to find the thinning mixture that produced the smooth, self-leveling film that Interlux advertised. And I couldn't brush on two coats without sanding.

              So I did "the right thing"; I consulted the manufacturer's instructions. No help at all.

              My evaluation is that Schooner Gold isn't brushable until Interlux publishes much more detailed (and credible) instructions.

               
              1.0

              Forget Schooner Gold, use Schooner

              By Racing Shell B

              from Minneapolis, MN

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                    Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

                    I used this on new epoxy, prepared the surface exactly as directed. In two weeks it still had a tough surface gum. The gum could not be sanded, scrapped or dissolved off with any solvent I had including acetone, mineral spirits, water and detergent, Interlux solvent 333, Interlux solvent 202, xylene or GooGone (OK, I was getting desperate.) I talked to Interlux's technical support representative who recommended only a manual paint scrapper, but the gum was too tough for that. My local dealer recommended Back-to-Nature's Ready Strip paint remover. That kind of worked but still required a lot of gummed up sand paper to get back down to a hard surface.

                    Changed to the old Schooner product and love it. Goes on easy and is very predictable.

                     
                    3.0

                    Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish

                    By Steve

                    from Lake St. Clair, MI

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                    Pros

                    • Even Paint Distribution

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                        Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

                        Bought this product to match the old Schooner Gold color, it was a good match. However as others have said the varnish was thicker then the old version and did not flow out well. Found that if I added about 5% thinner it helped

                         
                        4.0

                        Great for spray application..

                        By Nautical Lumber Co

                        from Warren Mi

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                              Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

                              The original schooner #96 works well for brushing. However, we find that the new Schooner Gold, when thinned properly, is great for spraying & lays down very nice!

                               
                              1.0

                              Gold-> Hands off

                              By deDood

                              from Germany

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                                    Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

                                    I just stopped varnishing after one side of topsides. Awful, does not level out again. Using Epifanes for centuries, switched to schooner for gloss longevity. But this is impossible to work with.

                                     
                                    1.0

                                    VERY UNHAPPY

                                    By Dave

                                    from Chicago, IL

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                                          Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

                                          This just dosent do it for me, very thick but ok you thin it out. It sets up to fast it acts like theres a catalast going off, then your done. This is NO replacement for schooner... [*] EPA

                                           
                                          2.0

                                          Not a replacement for Interlux Schooner

                                          By Lapstrake

                                          from Hartwick, NY

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                                          Pros

                                          • Beautiful color

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                                            • At the equator

                                            Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

                                            After using a quart of Interlux Schooner Gold, I plan on trying Interlux Schooner. Gold is simply too thick, especially in the cold North East. It goes on like #50 motor oil in the middle of winter, sags, and is absolutely not the easiest varnish to apply. Perhaps it will find some use at the equator. I am hoping that Interlux Schooner will be more useable. Why buy a product that must be thinned? Why are they selling "the concentrate" instead of what you actually want to use?

                                             
                                            1.0

                                            Problems with Schooner Gold Varnish

                                            By Frank M

                                            from Vancouver BC

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                                                  Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

                                                  As a Grand Banks owner I have successfully used Schooner Varnish Y96 for the last 10 years.
                                                  This product has now been replaced by Interlux with Schooner Gold YVA500. This new varnish is very thick even when thinned,drags so areas can be skipped and is impossible to "tip".

                                                   
                                                  1.0

                                                  Nothing like the old #96 product

                                                  By RESTORATION BOATWORKS

                                                  from Wimington, NC/ Honolulu, HI

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                                                  • None

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Must be thinned
                                                  • Sags

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                                                  • None

                                                  Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

                                                  I loved the old #96 product. This product is nothing like it. This MUST be thinned out of the can. The problem is trying to find the right ratio of 333(Interlux brushing thinner). So far I have no luck getting it to lay down well in the friendly confines of the shop. I cannot imagine trying to get good results in a marina with changing temp and wind. Interlux makes many good products, but this one still needs some work.

                                                   
                                                  2.0

                                                  Not "improved"

                                                  By calf

                                                  from southwest fla.

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Higher gloss

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Does not flow well
                                                  • Needs alot of thinner
                                                  • Very thick

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                                                    Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

                                                    We have been professional refinishers working in Fla. and Me. for 25 years. Over the years we have used many different products, but have continually returned to Schooner Varnish for superior results. The new "improved" Schooner is much more difficult to use in an outdoor setting as it is extremely thick, so needs lots of 333 to get it to flow. This product is more like Epiphanes or Flagship which in our experience does not hold up as well as the old Schooner and is more diffucult to use.

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