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AwlSpar Varnish phenolic amber brightworks
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AwlSpar Varnish Customer Questions and Answers

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Is there a better way to store a partial can of this varnish to eliminate the thin layer you get on top when you reopen the can ? I have tried storing in a jar in a zip lock and even one of those food storage containers where you remove the air. But still get that thin film on top. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated Other than this problem I'm really happy with this product.

Asked on 06/26/2012 by Sherrie Wagner

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I have used Bloxygen, which is a can filled with Argon Gas. If you spray into the can with the lid just cracked, it will prevent the varnish from skimming over.

Answered on 01/09/2020 by Jeff
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I have been told to store the can upside down and the skim will form on the bottom. I have not tried it, but seems it would fall through when turned over but maybe not. I'm about to give it a try.

Answered on 12/08/2019 by anonymous

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I have always experienced the same issue and have tried everything I could think of, but to no avail. The only solution I have found is to carefully remove the skim and strain the remaining varnish into a fresh container before use. Ken Carpenter

Answered on 07/10/2012 by KENNETH CARPENTER

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I have tried everything after use without success. You are on the right track as the thin layer on top is caused by exposure to air. The only way I have reduced this is by pouring what I need into a cup and closing the can up as fast as possible. The less time the can is open, the less coagulation.

Answered on 07/11/2012 by TOM GARNER

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Thank you for your input, exhaling into to the can is one trick I have not tried. I will try that next time I open the can. I have been carefully removing the film and straining into a clean cup or whatever. It just seems you loose a small amount of varnish each time with the film. Thanks again for your response.

Answered on 07/11/2012 by Sherrie Wagner

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The only thing I have ever heard of was flushing the the can with an inert gas. Not much help for most people. The old varnisher's trick was to mostly close the can, and exhale into the can. This, howeve,r does not seem to work as well with this varnish. I must say that at my shop we have not had trouble removing the skin of dried varnish, and using the rest of what was in the can. Don't know if this helps....

Answered on 07/11/2012 by MARK WILLIAMS

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Good luck. I do not know of any solution to the problem but here is what I do to live with it. After using the varnish clean the lip where the lid seals, thourgly. Replace the lid as tight as possible. Nezt run a piece of masking tape around the can so that most of it stands above the lid and fold the tape over the lid so that the tape makes a seal at the lid of the can. Store the can upside down (lid down). the scum will form at the bottom of the can so when you reopen the can you will have clear varnish to work with. The chemical makeup of the varnish is unchanged. Good l;uck and happy varnishing

Answered on 07/10/2012 by DICK SINGER

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It is oxygen in the can that starts the varnish to cure and leaves that layer. The only real fix is to remove the oxygen inside. What I learned from the old timers is to exhale into the can and quickly cover and seal it. This displaces the oxygen with co2 from your breath. Dosen't always work perfectly, but that's what I do.The other option is to use a little bit of dry ice which is co2, in the can let it displace the oxygen and cover it up. It's just a matter of removing the oxygen from the can.

Answered on 07/10/2012 by GREG GRUNDTISCH

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I use my propane torch (unlit ) and let the gas fill the top of the can (5 - 10 Sec), then close lid quickly. Main thing is to get a good seal on the lid. Works most of the time. found this trick on the web so cant take credit.

Answered on 08/10/2012 by JOHN COLLINS
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Is this varnish better UV than Petit FLAG ? I have had NO luck with Flag drying smooth even when i put on sparingly. Always wrinkles! Captains is fine but need more UV than Captains. Someone said try Awlgrip Varnish......... what do yo say? doug

Asked on 04/14/2012 by Doug Brown

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I found that Awlgrip laid down flat when sprayed. I thinned it with mineral spirits. I would imagine that might be the problem with Petit FLAG, it is too thick when you are applying it. By thinning it with mineral spirits, say 20% but no more than 50%, you will lower the viscosity which will allow both of the products to lay down flatter. I applied four coats, via spray, three years ago. If offered good protection. But you really need to lay down more like 8 coats via that application method. This summer I will be sanding and applying a couple more good thick coats with a brush, that I will probably thin just a little bit (10%) if needed to get the smooth look we are talking about. Hope this helps. I have not had any wrinkling or cracking AT ALL! John B.

Answered on 04/26/2012 by JOHN BOURGEOIS
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Awlspar is by far the best varnish I have ever used on a boat. I have used Captains on previous boats and found I had to recoat at least twice a year but I still considered it to be a very good product. I bought a new Kadey Krogen 48 in 2007 and as it was going through commissioning the folks at Krogen recommended the Awlspar which is what I had them use. They prepped the caprail and the other (limited) brightwork and applied 7 coats of Awlspar. They did a beautiful job and I was extremely pleased with the appearance. Their recommendation was to recoat every six months but since my boat is in a shed most of the time during the summer months I decided to try for a year. I have been doing a thorough prep once a year and applying 3 new coats for the past 5 years and it still looked new when I sold the boat a few months ago. The only yellowing has been around nicks and bangs that weren't attended to immediately. I learned that lesson and did touchup at the first opportunity. The boat spent approximately 9 months a year in the Caribbean sun and most of the summer in a shed in North Carolina. Good luck and safe boating. Ken Carpenter

Answered on 04/26/2012 by KENNETH CARPENTER

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try Penatrol rather than thinner. Dosent thin the varnish or reduce the UV protection but causes the vaenish to flow more freely greatly reducing/eliminating brush marks etc,

Answered on 07/10/2012 by DICK SINGER

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Doug, "Awlspar" Varnish is highly UV protective. I cannot compare with Petit Flag as I have not tried that one. "Awlspar Varnish does go on smooth. Sorry that I cannot help you with your question. Ernie

Answered on 04/30/2012 by ERNIE PREEDY

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I have put 10 coats of AwlSpar M3131 on my teak. Got 450 linear feet of it. My boat isn't covered so it gets direct sunlight all of the time and this product has performed great. You will need to cut it some, I use about a cap full of acetone and stir it in. Use a cup and close up the can until you need to mix up more. It will take a couple of trys to get the consistency just right but stay at it. My last coat on the starboard side was too thin. I have also used too little acetone and it goes on too think. Once you get it, you will be happy with the performance.

Answered on 04/26/2012 by TOM GARNER

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We normally only use awl spar varnish under Awl Brite plus. Which is a polyurethane and provides greater uv protection. We have not had any problems with wrinkles although we are applying over the same product. For just varnished projects we have been using interlude schooner varnish with food success. It flows well and does not wrinkle.

Answered on 04/27/2012 by KEN LEDONNE
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what product for clean up?

Asked on 05/19/2015 by Undisclosed

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The best varnish I ever used. I used foam brush and did not need to clean up. Thin the first coat for best resuts.

Answered on 05/20/2015 by JOSEPH CLARKE
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Xylene

Answered on 05/19/2015 by PETE VANVALIN

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I discard brushes after use. I tape off and then final 600 fine grit sandpaper any drips or runs from adjacent gel coat.

Answered on 05/20/2015 by Sandra Kay

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I don't clean brushes, as I've found the best applicator for varnish is a foam brush. After use I just throw it away. But I'm guessing that a usual paint thinner may work or go online and Google AwlSpar and read the technical instructions. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Answered on 05/19/2015 by CHURCHILL CONSULTING PARTNERS

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Mineral spirits

Answered on 05/19/2015 by JAMES PHILLIPS
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My cap rails are currently varnished with m3131. What other brands of varnish can be applied over this product after sanding with 220 grit paper?

Asked on 01/06/2012 by Undisclosed

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A professional at the marina where I keep boats on the Texas coast recommends Awl-Brite Plus, a clear urethane. It's more a more durable, harder finish that can be put on top of Awlspar varnish. I typically put 12 coats of Awlspar varnish on brightwork as the summers here can be pretty harsh.

Answered on 01/27/2012 by ANSEL GLOVER
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AwlSpar is a traditional varnish. Any other traditional varnish and the AwlGrip AwlBrite can be applied over M3131. M3131 is my preference because it flows on the best, dries fast and has a fantastic gloss.

Answered on 02/08/2012 by JOHN KOONTZ

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Can'f imagine why you would switch brands but I believe so long as the original is sufficently drythere shoulde be no problem

Answered on 01/11/2012 by DICK SINGER
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Is this a high gloss finish?

Asked on 04/25/2018 by 46post from Long Island

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Yes.

Answered on 06/06/2018 by Anonymous
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Yes, I would say it's a high gloss varnish. I felt it was easy to apply. Used the roll and tip method and laid down many thin coats. I don't know if it's UV inhibitors were any better than anything else, the sun pretty much beats up on the exposed wood on a Boston Whaler.

Answered on 04/25/2018 by briancerwin
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Is this available in amber?

Asked on 08/02/2018 by El Conquistador from Col.

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No, this product does not come in any other finishes or variations unfortunately.

Answered on 08/03/2018 by JD Tech Associate
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do you sell by the gallon?

Asked on 10/05/2011 by glenn g

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The Awl-spar is currently only offered in Quarts.

Answered on 10/05/2011 by Ryan L
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