2015 Flagship Varnish is considered the traditional standard in the marine industry, with reliable service, versatile application and tough yet flexible durability.
Flagship's blend of resins and oils achieves excellent brushing performance that levels and sands with the same outstanding characteristics as 1015 Captains Varnish. Flagship boasts the highest screening of damaging UV rays for longer varnish life. This is accomplished through an ultraviolet light filter in conjunction with a hindered amine light stabilizer.
These filters warm woodwork to a light amber hue which will enhance the rich, classic brightwork appearance. A deep rich mirror-like finish increases with each coat of Flagship Varnish, which has the highest build and film depth per coat. Each coat also increase the outstanding abrasion resistance of Flagship Varnish.
Number of Coats: Bare Wood- 4 minimum, Existing Varnish- 2 minimum
Dry Film Thickness per coat: 1.5 mils (3.0 wet mils)
Application Temp: 45Deg F. Minimum, 90Deg F. Maximum
Flagship Features and Benefits
Recommended for the highest quality work
Withstands severe weather conditions on salt or fresh water.
Contains highest level of UV absorbers and light stabilizers for long-term gloss retention.
Dry Time Hours
Do not shake varnish. Stir gently before application, being careful not to
introduce air bubbles into the varnish. Z-Spar 2015 Flagship Varnish may
be applied by brush or conventional 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. In
very warm weather (80Deg F and above) use Pettit 110/T11 Brush Flo Thinner
at 5-10% by volume to maintain good flow and levelling. When spraying,
use Pettit 121/T8 Spraying Thinner up to 10% by volume. Spray an even,
wet coat to minimize orange peel. Do not apply Flagship 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
Flagship 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.
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.
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I am using Petit flagship varnish and am getting pinhead size bubbles when I brush it on my teak. I sand between coats and am using a Badger brush. These bubbles do not go away when it sets and dries. What is causing this or what am I doing wrong
If you are dragging the brush across the rim of the container, that could introduce small bubbles in the varnish, just tap off excess varnish against the inside wall of the container. Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference bubbles and fine dust particles. Be sure your brush is very clean before starting. Shake it out against your hand and brush the bristles then take some tape wrapped around your hand with the sticky side out and run the brush over that. Hopefully that will help.
JD Tech Team
Appreciate opinion on applying to mahogany front entrance door over existing Sikkens mahogany stain. Also, will varnish darken tone of the mahogany?
You can varnish over the stain, just be sure it is fully cured. The varnish will look a little darker as you build up coats.
Can you put this over polyuarthena?
Because polyurethane and varnish react differently, I wouldn't combine the two.
we live in the high desert,very hot and dry.how long do we wait to put the second,3rd,4th coats on?
I always wait 24 hrs. I'm in Ohio and Michigan with lots of humidity. the deck of my Lyman has 12 coats. I love this varnish. If it's very hot you may want to cut the varnish with a little mineral spirits.
I have a '55 Chris Craft and a '56 Lyman that I used Z Spar on (14 coats). I waited 24 to 48 hours between coats; but my humidity ranges in the 60-70% range. Still, I recommend waiting at least 24 hours...cuz when you hurry, you tend to make mistakes.
I live in a temperate climate with higher summer humidity. I follow the instructions on the side of the can for good results.
high gloss finish for teak wood?
I wouldn't varnish Teak. Either oil or something like a Sikns finish.
It's all I use for exterior bright work. Prep is extremely important and I apply 10 coats. It looks great after five but will not stand up to FL sun more than few months. With an additional five coats it looks gorgeous and will take the sun A lot of work but from then on, once a year, a light sanding and two maybe three coats and you are good for another year I use 320 grit between coats.
Cabo Sailor Cabo Sailor
Good stuff. Easy to work. Epiphanes will give you more gloss than z spar. If its in the sun, go with the ep.
Yes, high gloss for teak, mahogany, spruce or other wood.
i want to use z-spart flagship varnish to finish my woodstrip kayak that is coated with fiberglass/epoxy resin and sanded. the final coat will be the varnish. is this product a good finish as i have seen it is not to be used below the waterline?Thank you,Kurt Humm
I have used this varnish on two wood strip canoes a well as a wood strip kayak. You should use at least three coats to get the best uv protection.
I can't help. I have found Pettit's tech service to be very responsive to this sort of issue.
Thanks Phillip!It's been awhile since using the z-spar varnishes as i did my last canoe 22years ago. Appreciate your time.Kurt
can i use this varnish for outdoor wood furniture? what if i leave it out all winter?
I have a redwood park bench which I used Z spar on. I put about 6 coats of varnish on it. If you leave it out year round figure on varnish peeling off after about 3 years.If you want it to look like new varnish annually.
I don't know if you can let the varnish outdoor in winter. I know it protect from UV ray but I have never try to let a part with the varnish outside in winter... sorry not be able to inform you about that. I mainly use it inside on closet and cabinet.Michel
It will work on any wood just fine. This is easier to brush than products like Epiphanes. Ep has super luster and build but is thick. This one lets you apply a thin enough layer to avoid drips and sags. Start with a sealer for two coats and don't cut short on the number of coatings. Anything less than 5 total coats and you run the risk of sun getting underneath and peeling the finish. Good luck
Four years ago we began using this product on our redwood siding and built in patio benches and planters. We live in Minnesota so the varnish has been subjected to winter. It is holding up well for the most part. The flat areas on the south side have some cracking due to direct summer sun.
We used it on a bench, but didn't leave it outside over the winter. It's better than minwax or products you can purchase at a big box store. We purchased it to use on a wooden drift boat, and it has held up really well on that.
Well I used it on my front entry door of my house... it is shielded some from the direct weather... It has been ok now for about 3 or 4 years... but I don't think it would fair more than a year or to in direct weather unless you plan on re-coating every other year or so...
does thuis varnish come in clear?
Not that I know of. Ask Pettit at Pettitpaint dot com. Their tech support has been responsive.
I'm not sure what is meant by clear. Flagship varnish is transparent but does have a slight tint, of what I would call bronze.
I have no idea. An answer should be easily obtained either from Jamestown or from Petit.
WILLIAM E. MOOZ
I would tend to agree with Lawrence... it is really an amber color when applied... and I know of no Pettit varnish that doesn't give an amber hue of some type.
Can flagship be used over shellac containing wax?
I can't imagine it adhering to the wax at all, but then I don't believe any varnish would. You need to go down to bare wood, and then assiduously remove any trace of wax with acetone or a similar solvent.
I would assume that would be a problem, but to be sure you should call Petit and see what they have to say about this application.
No it cannot. It will bubbl. You must get back to bare wood
is it ok to use linseed oil and mineral spirits 50/50 before varnishing with flagship ?
I have never tried that, but would be very surprised if the varnish adhered to the linseed oil over time. It might look ok initially, but I would think in subsequent months the oil will off-gass and lift the varnish.
So far so good
I used it on a large area, approximately 10 X 10 4-sided outdoor tiki bar. I sanded the top and sides, inside and out, and put on 3 coats, sanding between each coat. Some areas were spidering in spots. Not sure why, but it still looks good. It's a casual bar, so it does not need to have a perfect finish. It's glossy, clean, and smooth now, which is great. My main concern is how it will hold up in the intense sun. I just finished it about a month ago. I'm anxious to see how it holds up after a year.
Yellow Blisters Appeared !?!
Used Pettit Flagship Varnish on my teak gunwales. Put 22 coats on in April/May 2014, it looked great all summer! Come winter we shrunk wrap the boat. By February, I had yellow blisters in the vanish. Spoke with a friend who also used Pettit Flagship on his teak and he had the same yellow blisters. Both of our blisters appeared around the beginning of Feb 2015. So I contacted Pettit, spoke to a representative who could care less and I emailed him my pictures. I was advised that moisture caused my issue. He said to me on the phone that if water sits on the vanish it will penetrate it. That didn't sound right to me. I would be more willing to except that it was something I did, if it didn't happen to someone else as well. I was very disappointed at the way Pettit handled the situation.
Forty Two + 8
great product, i use it on classic canoe
i restore antique canvas covered cedar canoes. This product brings out the beauty of the aged wood in the canoe. Most of the canoes I have done are from 1908 to 1923. This product brings such depth to these old canoes.
Tried and True
An excellent finish for Mahogany, has good sunlight resistance, produces a marvellous finish.
logest lasting ive ever used.
Va beach Va
I use this product on my exterior wood doors. This is by far the best finish for exterior wood.
1015 superior to 2015
Got this to compare to 1015. Can't see the advantage. Compared to the Captain's 1015, puddles.
Dad the Distance Runner & Kayaker
I applied several coats to a tiller and mahonagony rudder for my small sailboat. I take these off the boat and store in my garage, so I cannot speak to sun resistance. It brushes on well and dries smooth.
Good Stuff !
American company with qaulity product !
Used this Z-Spar on the Bergie pole for my '55 Chris Craft Cobra 21' Runabout. Sanded with 220 grit, wiped, then tack cloth. Two coats looked perfect, but I applied a third for good measure. This product covers and levels very well with no trace of brush strokes. Dries to a glass like finish. Highly recommended. Fred Hammerle Dover, MA