Z Spar Flagship Varnish
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Z Spar Flagship Varnish

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.

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  • Technical Specifications

  • Resin: Alkyd/ Phenolic
  • Oil: Linseed/Tung
  • Oil Length: 20 gallons
  • UV Absorbers: Present
  • Solids (theoretical): Weight- 55 +- 1%, Volume- 48 +- 1%
  • Coverage: 450 sq. ft/gal.
  • VOC: 420 g/l (3.5 lbs/gal) as supplied
  • Flash Point:108Deg 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 (3.0 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  Set-to-touch  Tack Free  Dry Hard 
90Deg F.  1-3 hrs  4-6 hrs  8-12 hrs 
70Deg F.  2-4 hrs  6-8 hrs  16-20 hrs 
50Deg. F  4-8 hrs  12-16 hrs  24-48 hrs 


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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BRAND: Pettit Z-Spar
Number Of Parts: One Part
Type: Varnishes
4.4 26

Used before with good results


Used previously ( about 22 years ago) on a south facing hundred year old mahogany exterior door.and only recently got fading and noticeable wear.

Old house groupie

southeastern washington


love it


I used this on a 9 foot harvest table and it turned out great. Not the first time I've used it. did my century cornodo boat with it and was very happy then. I put 13 coats on the boat 5 years ago and it still looks and feels like new.


Humboldt Iowa


I have used this for the last 9 years...Love It!!


I have used this product on my cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We get a lot of snow in the winter and warm sun in the summer. This product keeps the wood siding protected and looking great! I also use it on my front doors at our home residence which is located close to the beach.


Carlsbad, CA


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.

Patty M

Youngstown, OH


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.


chattanooga tn


Tried and True


An excellent finish for Mahogany, has good sunlight resistance, produces a marvellous finish.


Oregon coast




logest lasting ive ever used.


Va beach Va

Excellent Product


I use this product on my exterior wood doors. This is by far the best finish for exterior wood.


Simpsonville, SC


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

Aurora, IL


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