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Varnishing Basics

A Guide to the Instructions on the Can

by Matthew P. Murphy


Posted: October 17, 2012
Tags: varnishing, wood staining, finish, stripping

Varnishing basics
The goal of this installment of Getting Started in Boats is to interpret the varnish can—to give a bit more depth to those instructions, without writing a book. A can might say to remove all dust. We’ll look at how we do that, and the other basics of varnishing, leaving aside tangential concepts such as two-pack systems, spray application, wood staining, and stripping of old finishes.

More of what’s in WoodenBoat 229, Nov/Dec 2012…