Varnishing wooden boats

alainh28
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Varnishing wooden boats

Postby alainh28 » Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:40 pm

Hi there, I was wondering if you could advise me on a decent book on varnishing an antique wooden boat? And / or where to find any good tips? thank you

Alasdair
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Re: Varnishing wooden boats

Postby Alasdair » Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:00 pm

Hi Alain,
Good to hear from you and an excellent question to get our forum rolling. Arthur Beale currently only stock one book that covers the subject - "How to Paint your Boat" by Nigel Clegg. http://arthurbeale.co.uk/acatalog/How-to-Paint-your-Boat-9780713675719.html#SID=844 Nigel Clegg is a well known expert on painting yachts and the fact that the book is British is a great help. Many technical books are American and the use of strange names for solvents and products that are not available in the UK makes them quite hard work. When you add in American Gallons at 3.79L then it can be a recipe for disaster.
Varnishing is very subjective. I often throw up my hands in horror at some things that I read. It's almost as emotive as Anchors. All my thoughts on the subject are in our little Varnishing Catalogue http://arthurbeale.co.uk/varnish/catalogue.pdf and my Hints and Tips Flier http://arthurbeale.co.uk/varnish/tipsandtricks.pdf. We also videoed our talk on varnishing which is available on YouTube. It is marginally one step better than watching paint drying but only just! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUOEj4gVPL0

Alex, who buys our books, has ordered another book on Painting and Varnishing so we will check it out when it arrives. We can also post out the Epifanes Technical Leaflet which is helpful.

In the meantime if anyone knows of a book that they find really helpful on varnishing please tell us so we can get it on our book shelves.

awhitecat
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Re: Varnishing wooden boats

Postby awhitecat » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:08 pm

Although American, Rebecca Wittman's BRIGHTWORK has to be one of the Bibles of varnishing.

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Like all of us, I find a varnished boat is a thing of beauty - look at a Riva on Lake Como, for example

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However, the ongoing work of worry of having a varnished boat is too much for me! It would be like taking a beautiful girl to a party or a spinet to the beach - you would always be worrying!

A work-boat finish is sufficient. Even oiling a wooden boat is so much easier than varnishing - though it does need very regular attention. Wittman's book is a thing of beauty in itself and I would like it to be stocked by Beale's.

Regards, Mike.

Alasdair
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Re: Varnishing wooden boats

Postby Alasdair » Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:56 pm

Thanks Mike for that really useful tip. I think I can remember someone singing its praises once before. We will get on the case and hopefully have it in stock soon. We do now stock "Painting and Varnishing" which is a Wooden Boat Publication. Again an American book with the usual terminology and product references which can be confusing in the UK. Nevertheless it is worthwhile read. http://arthurbeale.co.uk/acatalog/Paint ... ml#SID=844

I'll put up a post when your recommended book comes in stock.


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