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  1. I'm building my first boat, a 16' stitch-and-glue kayak, and have a question regarding the finish. The entire hull will be fiber glassed. I would like to paint the waterline with Wet Edge and the rest of the boat with varnish. What should my process be? Should I apply the wet edge and then varnish over top of it, should I varnish then paint over the varnish, or should I mask and split the two? Also as some one new to the whole boat building thing, should I use Gleam or Lust varnish? Thanks
  2. I recently renamed my boat, which entailed sanding the transom to bare wood before the UV ghosting effect of the old name was eliminated. Then I applied 9 coats of Epifanes varnish, with one day drying time after each coat, then sanding with 320 before the next.How long should I let what I believe to be my final coat cure before applying the new vinyl name decal and then launching into the water? Thoughts welcome!
  3. I just bought an old Chris Craft that was refinished and then garage stored some years ago. I removed the vinyl boat name and there are "ghosts" left behind where the varnish was protected from the elements. My plan is to lightly sand (220 grit?) this otherwise great finish and then recoat, but with what? I want an easy to apply varnish for this boat transom. Use a foam roller? Thanks for any tips.
  4. I just finished building a 17' wood-strip kayak and purchased the Epifanes gloss varnish and brushing thinner. I brushed the varnish on the interior of the fiberglassed hull and the result was pretty good but, in my opinion, not worthy of brushing the exterior finish without a lot of sanding out the brush marks. So I have decided to use an HVLP sprayer to finish the exterior. I have two questions/issues: 1. Can I use the brushing thinner to thin the varnish for spraying or should I "bite the bullet" and purchase spraying thinner? 2. When using a viscosity cup, I have trouble determining when the varnish stream actually "breaks" for the first time. It seems like a simple process but I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or need to replace my eye glasses. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
  5. I bought a wooden hull that has been fiber-glassed and now I want to make the sides clear, showing the plywood grain. It is milky looking. Will it turn clear, becoming transparent when I apply varnish? Is there more to do besides the cleaning and surface prep? FYI: It is a Glen~L Zip. This is my first experience both building a boat and working with wood of any configuration. I am a true novice in all areas concerned.
  6. How often should varnish be re-applied? I have 2 Pygmy kayaks I build about 10 years ago. I applied 3 coat of Z Spar Captain's varnish. They are kept under cover all the time except when not used. The current varnish is in good shape but I don’t know how long the UV protection last.