July 19, 2021
I have a 58 foot Trumpy, 50 yr old wooden vessel. Did a major strip and refinish on all exterior varnish surfaces. They are all teak. Used PP Varnish for the first 3-4 coats then switched to Epiphanes High Gloss varnish for the next several coats. Followed manufacturers instructions and spec sheets. The PP has failed in a number of areas within the 4 months. Specifically at a number of seams and joints it looks like its lifting or separating between the PP and the high gloss....Not sure why this is, but this is a major varnish job that is basically ruined. It will take 80+ hours labor to correct the situation and even then I'm not sure it won't continue to fail in other areas. Took pictures, sent then to Epiphanes and Tech Support in Maine and they said "Not enough coats..."....A disappointing lack of interest from Tech Support and no solution offered other than try some Radidclear to built up the failed areas and recoat....A side mention that this product averages in cost $200 for set of cans I I think we used $1,000 worth of the product. Wow! When you consider the results and response from Epifanes... I would tell one to seriously reconsider using this product on anything other than small items such as oars or railings. You may be very disappointed in the results.