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Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish

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.

 
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  • Advanced UV technology makes 'Schooner Gold', Interlux's longest lasting one-part varnish
  • 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.
BRAND: Interlux
Type: Varnishes
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Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish
 
1.9

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    • Professional (8), Avid do-it-yourselfer (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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!

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!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Undecided compared to standard Schooner

I am refinishing the wood on my 1950 Ford Woodie. I have used Schooner for my interior, mahogany panels and they look great. A marine store told me to try the Gold. I'm...Read complete review

I am refinishing the wood on my 1950 Ford Woodie. I have used Schooner for my interior, mahogany panels and they look great. A marine store told me to try the Gold. I'm going to see if I can return it for the Schooner. It is very thick and I thinned it 1/3 for the 1st coat over Maple wood sealed with a penetrating epoxy. I don't think you would use this unthinned. The amber seems slightly grayish compared to the rich gold hue of Schooner. I do like the claim it is less scratch resistant. I'll maybe try it again before I trade it in. It does dry more slowly than Schooner.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

terrible product. I can't understand why anyone sells it

By grey

from Lafayette Ca

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

  • Easy To Clean

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Detailed Work

    Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

    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

     
    5.0

    Fantastic stuff

    By Finnster

    from Mamaroneck, NY

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Amazing Self Leveling
    • Brushes easily

    Cons

    • None experienced

    Best Uses

      Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

      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!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Still Havn't

      By VarnishAmateur

      from Virginia

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

      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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Forget Schooner Gold, use Schooner

      By Racing Shell B

      from Minneapolis, MN

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

      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.

       
      3.0

      Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish

      By Steve

      from Lake St. Clair, MI

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Even Paint Distribution

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about 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

           
          4.0

          Great for spray application..

          By Nautical Lumber Co

          from Warren Mi

          About Me Professional

          Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

          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!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Gold-> Hands off

          By deDood

          from Germany

          About Me Professional

          Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

          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.

           
          1.0

          VERY UNHAPPY

          By Dave

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

          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

           
          2.0

          Not a replacement for Interlux Schooner

          By Lapstrake

          from Hartwick, NY

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Beautiful color

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At the equator

            Comments about Interlux Schooner Gold Varnish:

            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?

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Problems with Schooner Gold Varnish

            By Frank M

            from Vancouver BC

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about Interlux 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".

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