New Schooner Gold high build, high-gloss varnish replaces traditional Interlux Schooner varnish. Schooner Gold features an optimized blend of premium UV absorbers, HALS and resins to ensure exceptional deep gloss and color retention over the lifetime of the coating.
This high gloss yacht varnish was developed with a traditional amber hue, and tests have proven the gloss retention of Schooner Gold to outperform other leading varnish products.
Features higher build properties and improved self-leveling than the previous 'Schooner' product, allowing you to achieve a professional finish in 4-6 coats; sanding only between every other coat and therefore reducing your work time. With this new formulation there is no need for thinning in warm and higher temperature climates.
Blend of UV absorbers, HALS and resins ensure retention of gloss and color
Traditional amber color
Higher build, easy application, and improved self-leveling qualities
Suited for all internal and external woods, including teak
Can be applied directly to oily timber, such as teak
Schooner Gold can also be used in a system with Clear Wood Sealer
Schooner Gold may be applied using brush, roller, conventional spray and airless spray. When using this varnish over bare wood you should apply 2 thinned coats, followed by a minimum of 4 full coats; on previously varnished wood apply 2-4 full coats. When using as a scheme over Clear Wood Sealer, apply a minimum of 2 full coats.
how much sq ft coverage do you get out of a pint can?
Coverage with varnish is more dificult than answering for latex due to brushing technique and application thickness. My work is done outdoors in a marine environment. I learned that Schooner Gold, straight out if the can, will laydown better (and hold a high gloss) with a thicker application technique. My estimated answer to your question is about 50-60 sq ft for one coat. Note: If you lack brushing experience, consider thinning with drops of brushing tinner #333.
is this a good product to use over old sanded epoxy?
Sorry, but I haven't used the product yet.
I used this product on my front doors and they came out A+. I had 2 neighbors ask what did you use. I'm going to be build a new house in about 2 years and will be using a nail down cherry again. Can this product be used for floors? We have nail down cherry with a minwax floor finish and I hate it. Looking for a product that will not chip at the joints due to natural expansion and contraction of the wood.
I used Schooner Gold on the sole of my boat. It has been 2 years and still looks great. I would not use it on a house floor. I would worry about the maintenance. Varnish takes weeks to fully harden, the more coats the more time. Varnish is also very weather resistant but dirt and shoes are abrasive and that is varnishes weak link. I know this is not what you want to hear but I would suggest a harder more durable finish.
what is the recomended drying time between coats ?
The answer to this has several factors. Temp, humidity, number of coats on the piece of wood, and the amount of thinner added. However 24 hrs is a good rule of thumb. On the can there is a chart that lists drying times. These times are accurate.
Unless you are a pro or a VERY EXPEIENCED with varnish, I would suggest to use another product. It took days to dry (because it is SO incredibly thick) and didnt "tip" very well. This product needs to be thinned if not applied in a warm climate. I might suggest the Pettit V-Spar Captains Varnish. Much easier to use and dry time is (1) day in between coats (also use out of the can, no thinng). It is also very easy to sand (use scotch brite pad). Tip for the day... make sure you are applying in a dust free environment. These varnishes attract every dust particle in the air! Just my 0.02 worth...
Is this a non poly varnish?
terrible product. I can't understand why anyone sells it
I've had every experience listed under the unfavorable reviews. I've used Interlux gold on three boats and found it very difficult and unpredictable. I had one can that I used where the product didn't seem to cure, remained gummy, and I ended spending hours stripping it all off and having to start over again. I called CLC boats and they said that there was a recall on Interlux Gold a couple of years ago, so that may explain that episode. It's impossible to use out of the can. On mild days 70-78 degrees in california i tend to thin it 10% and work on small sections at a time.Once I get a good finish it looks good and his durable but its not worth using. After 3 boats I will never use the product again. Interlux needs to speak up here and discuss their product
Worked as advertised. Needed some thinning. Brushed very easily with a 2 in. badger brush. There's barely a brush mark afterwards. I have always used Zspar. I like this one a lot too!
I switched to Interlux about a year ago. I liked the combination of Jet Speed undercoating with Schooner finish coats... and then Interlux took Jet Speed off the market.My experience with Schooner Gold suggests it's not really a high build undercoat varnish for brushers. Even indoors at moderate temperature, it proved impossible to find the thinning mixture that produced the smooth, self-leveling film that Interlux advertised. And I couldn't brush on two coats without sanding.So I did "the right thing"; I consulted the manufacturer's instructions. No help at all.My evaluation is that Schooner Gold isn't brushable until Interlux publishes much more detailed (and credible) instructions.
Forget Schooner Gold, use Schooner
I used this on new epoxy, prepared the surface exactly as directed. In two weeks it still had a tough surface gum. The gum could not be sanded, scrapped or dissolved off with any solvent I had including acetone, mineral spirits, water and detergent, Interlux solvent 333, Interlux solvent 202, xylene or GooGone (OK, I was getting desperate.) I talked to Interlux's technical support representative who recommended only a manual paint scrapper, but the gum was too tough for that. My local dealer recommended Back-to-Nature's Ready Strip paint remover. That kind of worked but still required a lot of gummed up sand paper to get back down to a hard surface. Changed to the old Schooner product and love it. Goes on easy and is very predictable.
Racing Shell B
Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish
Bought this product to match the old Schooner Gold color, it was a good match. However as others have said the varnish was thicker then the old version and did not flow out well. Found that if I added about 5% thinner it helped
Lake St. Clair, MI
Great for spray application..
The original schooner #96 works well for brushing. However, we find that the new Schooner Gold, when thinned properly, is great for spraying & lays down very nice!
Nautical Lumber Co
Gold-> Hands off
I just stopped varnishing after one side of topsides. Awful, does not level out again. Using Epifanes for centuries, switched to schooner for gloss longevity. But this is impossible to work with.
This just dosent do it for me, very thick but ok you thin it out. It sets up to fast it acts like theres a catalast going off, then your done. This is NO replacement for schooner... [*] EPA
Not a replacement for Interlux Schooner
After using a quart of Interlux Schooner Gold, I plan on trying Interlux Schooner. Gold is simply too thick, especially in the cold North East. It goes on like #50 motor oil in the middle of winter, sags, and is absolutely not the easiest varnish to apply. Perhaps it will find some use at the equator. I am hoping that Interlux Schooner will be more useable. Why buy a product that must be thinned? Why are they selling "the concentrate" instead of what you actually want to use?
Problems with Schooner Gold Varnish
As a Grand Banks owner I have successfully used Schooner Varnish Y96 for the last 10 years.This product has now been replaced by Interlux with Schooner Gold YVA500. This new varnish is very thick even when thinned,drags so areas can be skipped and is impossible to "tip".