by Sherwood Heggen
Now, it’s “Tip Time”! Either one these tips may save you a lot of grief and money at some point in the future.
A good sealer over the filler stain is recommended before applying the first coat of varnish. The purpose of the sealer is to provide a better bond for the varnish to the stain. An alternative to the sealer is Smith’s clear penetrating epoxy sealer (CPES) which is reported to provide an even better stain/varnish bond. Stain the boat and allow it to dry thoroughly 24 – 48 hours depending on drying conditions. Then with a bristle brush, apply a coat of CPES followed immediately by a second coat. Brush it on quickly and evenly, although there is no need to be a total perfectionist here. Let it dry for 48 hours and lightly sand with 220 paper before applying the first coat of un-thinned varnish. It is told that it works very well.
Got questions or thoughts that need some help to think through? You are welcome to call me at 952-432-4345 or e-mail me at Heggensj@AOL.com. I would be happy to discuss restoration with you. I look forward to hearing from you.
As ever, don’t destroy it; restore it.