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Product Details

Awlgrip AwlSpar Varnish was formulated to recreate the highest quality classic spar varnish with state of the art ultraviolet inhibitors and absorbers. It has excellent durability, and is fast dry, fast recoat for quick build up (2-3 coats per day when temperatures are above 75* F). Applied best by brush and is a superior base for AWL-BRITE PLUS. For use above the waterline only. Use T0016 Awlspar reducer to reduce and for tool cleaning.
*** FOR PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY ***

Info & Guides
Application Equipment Brush and roller application.

Surface Preparation Wood should be clean, dry, smooth, and well seasoned. New Wood Use marine teak cleaner or wood bleach to remove excess oils, promote color uniformity, and adhesion. Thoroughly remove all cleaner and neutralizer residue before proceeding. Rough sawn lumber must recieve heavy sanding to level the grain. Work through the grits to effectively level the grain 60/80 to 100/150 to 220 etc. When the grain is level, smooth sand the surface with 320 grit paper.

Old finishes in good condition should be washed with Awl-Prep surface cleaner, then sanded with 220-320 grit paper to remove the gloss. Old finishes in poor condition should be removed. Test on small area to ensure Awlspar does not atack the finish. If the old finish is attacked, it must be completely removed before continuing.

Mixing and Reduction

New Wood: Reduction - reduce 100% with T0016 for first coat only. This allows Alwspar to penetrate and seal the grain. Otherwise, thinning or reducing is not required. Stir only, do not shake.

Application Instructions

After new wood has been sealed, or on previously coated surfaces, apply light smooth, even coats 2-3 mils wet of full bodied material. At temperatures above 75 F, 2 to 3 coats can be applied per day. If sanding is required, allow to cure 24 hrs before sanding. Best results are achieved when surface is sanded smooth with 320-400 grit paper after every 2 - 3 coats. A good system would include 7 - 10 coats. Exact number of coats will vary by applied film thickness and the amount of sanding. Awlspar will cure at temperatures as low as 45 F, however best results are achieved when temperatures are between 60 F and 90 F.

If possible, avoid applying or curing material in direct sunlight. Do not apply to surfaces warmer than 105 F or colder than 45 F. Do not attempt to cure in temperatures below 45 F.

Technical Information

  • Type: Phenolic Varnish, Color: Amber
  • Recommended Wet Film Thickness: 2-3 mils (50-75 microns) per coat.
  • Recommended Dry Film Thickness: 1-11/2 mils (25-37.5 microns) per coat.
  • Anticipated Cure Time at 77°F/50% R.H: 24 hours to handle
  • Recommended Coats: 7-10
  • Recoatability: With itself: 3-4 hours, 36 hours maximum without sanding or scuffing. With AWL-BRITE PLUS: 3 days minimum.
  • Theoretical Coverage: Sq. Feet/Gallon. 700 Sq. Feet at 1 mil dry (25 microns). 70-100 Sq. Feet at recommended total dry film thickness of 7-10 mils.
  • Coverage calculations are based on theoretical transfer efficiency of 100%.
  • Actual coverage rate obtained will vary according to equipment choice, application techniques, part size, and application environment.

Reviews for AwlSpar Varnish

10 of 10 Reviews

January 29, 2018

Yes I would buy more
By Sensational from Wilm, DE

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Easy to apply with good results. Wear a respirator and apply in a well ventilated area.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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October 6, 2015

GreatStuff
By Jack from Rockport, TX

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This is an excellant varnish. It has a rich amber color and a hade glossy finish. I used on the handrails of by boat as a foundation for the AwlBrite finish.

Stbd railing
Port railing
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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December 8, 2014

A great product with excellent results
By Sandra Kay mvDestinees from Traveling the West coast of Forida

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It makes nice wood beautiful and poor quality wood look better.

Finish wood even in poor weather
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 15, 2014

The only varnish I use
By JEFFREYP from NEW LONDON, NH

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This product is best applied with a badger hair brush after 220 grit sanding, tack cloth wipe and acetone wipe. Coats build up quickly, are durable with excellent gloss. Best to apply first coat to bare teak with a 50/50 mix of thinner and varnish to allow product to soak into wood finish.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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March 19, 2014

Very good Product
By KEVINB from BIGFORK, MT

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We're using this on the interior of a 1924 Q Class sloop. Product brushes well and leaves a nice smooth finish.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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February 17, 2014

Nothing Better!!!
By Dave the boat guy from Essex, CT

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For A traditional finish, with high build characteristics, nothing, in my opinion beats Awl Spar. To get your build coats on quickly, evenly, and with a great efficiency this is the product! I've been using it for years and will continue to use it in the future

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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January 9, 2012

Awl Spar M3131
By BIG T from Madisonville, LA

M3131 is what I use. I have become an expert at application. Steps to success; Sand surface using 220 grit or higher depending on condition of existing varnish. 1- tape varnish area well. OK to use regular blue tape. 2- Pour 2-3" of varnish into a hard plastic cup. Thin cups desintigrate. 3- Mix a cap full of acetone to cut thickness. 4- use foam brush to apply. 5- Make long unpressured strokes to avoid globbing 6- allow to dry well before applying next coat. 7- Apply 6-8 coats and do not apply durin g extremely humid periods 8- OK to leave tape on for a long period. When ready to remove tape, spray tape with garden hose and it will be easy to remove.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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November 4, 2010

Loved it
By Dave from Chicago

It was a pleasure to use, went on well and recoatable. High gloss... nice

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 8, 2010

Nice stuff but it is thin
By Dry Pond Boat Works from Sharon, MA

Very nice but beware that it is considerably thinner than their High Solids version. You actually need a softer brush than the Epifanes brushes which are made to "work" a heavier varnish. It is more of a "gliding" varnish that yields a smooth thin coat. We also sprayed this and it was great. Conversely, the High Solids was a bit heavy to spray and left slight orange peel.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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November 4, 2008

AWL GRIP Varnish
By Morning Wood from Allen, Md.

I have used several varnishes over the years. I was a Z Spar Captains fan forever. Petit bought them and the product suffered. I found this product and it is a pure delight to use. Great leveling qualities and easy to use. The gloss os awesome. I don't think you will be sorry Give it a try.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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