Originally Posted by Jim Cate
Sounds like you will not be removing the old finish, so you need to be careful about compatibility between old and new finishes.
With that said, most traditional spar varnishes are too soft to be used on flooring
. Many folks use finishes that were designed for basketball courts, dance floors and such applications. They are typically two pack types, and are very long lasting. They may not be compatible with your old finish... do you know what it is?
I just used Interlux's GOLD schooner varnish
. 8 coats of that on the bilge
hatches. They look great and its a "thick" coat. I haven't done the rest of the floor due to the fact that I'm still up in the air if i should use the high gloss(hear its slippery when wet), or add a final layer or two of matte. I still need to do the brightwork on the cabinets and walls and such, so my plan was to do those, then finish the flooring.
Everything will be the high gloss schooner(or gold schooner) from interlux
, however, I'm afraid the high gloss will be too much for everything so having the floor done with a matte coat might help out.
On a side note - @Jim: Do you have a resource for the stuff your talking about? Seems like that stuff would be pretty much life-long durable on a coastal cruiser