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Pettit's Z Spar Captain's 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.
|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|
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
April 10, 2021
I'm not certain Captain's Varnish is the best on the market, but I know how it behaves and I'm very comfortable using it. I've been using it exclusively for more than 25 years. It's very predictable if I stick to my routines.
November 4, 2020
Z spar has been a good choice for my needs. I am using it for my front door where the door gets a lot of sun and rain in Spring Hill Tn. I have to repaint the door every 2 or 3 years after applying 3 coats. It would be nice if there was a product that last longer.
October 29, 2020
1015 Captains varnish is used on all my brightwork on boats and on furniture as well.
August 24, 2020
Happy with the look of product. See how it weather which I'm sure it will be good
July 19, 2020
I use this varnish on the brightwork on my 1985 Grand Banks Classic. It's easy to use and wears very well. Our boat always gets rave reviews!
April 28, 2020
I use this product on brightwork and spars. Also on stained, pine Adirondack chairs with 5-6 coats. Absolutely gorgeous deepening the color of the stain with an amber glow.
April 28, 2019
I like the finished result on my solo canoe.
October 2, 2018
Have always used Captains Varnish never been let down.
May 24, 2018
I use this for the mahogany decking in my sailing dinghy, which takes a lot of abuse. Excellent UV protection and durability and it is easy to apply. A local boatbuilder recommended the product and also recommended significantly thinning for an initial sealcoat followed almost immediately with a less-thinned coat. Dry overnight between coats. Minimum 4 coats. Again, awesome stuff but put the time into application to get your money's worth. Check out Louis Sauzedde's Tips from a Shipwright episode on varnishing for rolling and tipping technique.
August 1, 2017
What can I say, in 20+ years I've never had a problem with this varnish. Old reliable. As long as you do the correct prep work , this comes out nice every time.