I had an opportunity to try West System's 207 hardener with their standard 105 resin on a very special project
, a wooden body for a 1922 Rolls-Royce, designed by Olin Stephens. The (relatively) new hardener has higher amounts of UV resistance than previous epoxy
coatings. This is NOT meant to be the finish coating, rather the base protectant, followed by two-part clear LPU, in my case, Sterling. I wooded down the handrails on my boat, replaced some tired plugs, then put on three coats of epoxy
, sanded cosmetically between coats. At the moment, they are flawless, with a smooth and consistent color and lots of protective plastic surrounding them. After completion of the painting of my cabin
top, I plan to apply several coats of the clear LPU. When I take off cruising in the tropics, I will give them a light sanding
, then put a coat of white enamel paint
on top to protect the base. On my returns from sunnier climes I can sand off the thin coat of white and place a coat or two of LPU on top. It sure beats having to keep up with the six-month life span of good varnish, and allows me to occasionally show off the woodwork.