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Pettit Z Spar Captain's Varnish

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Z Spar Captains Varnish

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Product Details

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 is a very popular choice for DIY boat owners and professional marinas all over the world.

Ideal for interior or exterior wood above the waterline, this formula has outstanding gloss retention and all-around durability. It is considered by its many users to be the most durable spar varnish ever offered to the boating trade with excellent UV protection. Apply using brush or spray, with 2 coats minimum over existing varnish and 4 coats minimum on bare wood.

Available in pints, quarts, gallons, and now in a 20 oz aerosol spray.

Tech Specs
Dry Time Hours Set-to-touchTack FreeDry Hard
90°F.1-3 hrs3-5 hrs8-12 hrs
70°F.2-4 hrs5-7 hrs12-20 hrs
50°F4-8 hrs12-16 hrs24-48 hrs
Info & Guides

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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. 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.

Technical Information

  • 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.

WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

Reviews for Pettit Z Spar Captain's Varnish

10 of 58 Reviews

July 18, 2024

Deep luster
By CC from WI

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This product goes on smooth

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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March 19, 2024

Buy with caution
By Ross from Ma

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The product itself seems very good but out of 4 cans purchased 2 have failed after about 10 seconds of use. Buy with caution.


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March 13, 2024

Excellent Product
By Rick from Wisconsin

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Used to finish a bathroom vanity. Multiple thin coats & lite sanding between coats produced exceptional results. JD shipped my order quickly and without damage.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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October 24, 2023

1015 on door
By Old Painter's Helpr from New England

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Used to protect front door on residence. Used Ultra in the past with good results. Chose 1015 this time because of customer reviews, available pint container and better cost. Application went well. No time will tell on durability.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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October 7, 2023

I would buy this product again.
By MT from Dayton, OH

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I use this product to varnish/waterproof my natural wood garage door. Since using this product, I only have to strip and redo my garage door every 6-7 years, compared to every 3-4 years when using a big box store varnish.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 3, 2023

Spray varnish
By KHall from Red bank NJ

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Went on beautifully, looks like the can will last for several projects. Time will tell how well it lasts.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 1, 2023

This is the varnish I use.
By Boat from Portlandville, ny

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A good product that is reasonable to apply and has stood up well.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 26, 2023

Handy in a rattle can
By Hal from Hood River, Oregon

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I've used Captains varnish on the boats I've built and restored for many years. It's easy to apply, builds well and looks fantastic. For my recent project though, I veneered the dashboard panel, console parts and ashtray with redwood burl veneer for a 1964 Studebaker Avanti which is being restored. I used a small compressed air automotive paint sprayer for the first 5 coats, which worked very well, but then found out the same product is available in a rattle can and decided to try it for the final coat. My goal was to get a flawless final spray coat, and avoid the cleanup hassle after spraying with a conventional spray gun. The product worked well and worked as I had hoped.


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March 12, 2023

Wow!
By JCAIRL from Toledo OH

Love this product! We've been varnishing for literally decades and this is a game change for us. Not so much for our 1958 43ft wooden yawl, but for smaller customer jobs at our architectural salvage business where we redo some antique and vintage pieces. Great option!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 11, 2022

Best varnish ever
By Kingfisher from Helena, Montana

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See above

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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