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Old 31-10-2013, 03:51   #1
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Low, Zero or No VOC Varnish

Low, Zero and No VOC Varnishes.
Do they exist and if so are they worth a damn?

Professional house painters often use "green" or "zero" VOC paints with great results.

My question is;

Do marine low VOC varnishes share the same successes as low VOC exterior house paints?

I'm considering using them ONLY for the interior of my Westsail.
The original oil on my teak has long since expired and I will be varnishing everything thoroughly.

Does anyone here have any experiences or opinions with these products?

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Re: Low, Zero or No VOC Varnish

If you are doing interior then there is absolutely no reason not to consider water-based polys. None. Since it's not in direct sunlight you can expect years of good performance from these finishes.

On the plus side to water polys is the fact that individual coats are thicker than solvent based, the water component is less per volume than the solvents. Hence thicker coats.
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If you are doing interior then there is absolutely no reason not to consider water-based polys. None. Since it's not in direct sunlight you can expect years of good performance from these finishes. On the plus side to water polys is the fact that individual coats are thicker than solvent based, the water component is less per volume than the solvents. Hence thicker coats.
Delancey,
2 questions for you;

1-
Do you have a brand that you would recommend?

And 2nd-
Wouldn't the oiled wood, granted its old and dull, reject water based products?

I'm actually a professional house painter and it's common knowledge that latex can't go on oil. In fact when you convert from oil to latex you first use an oil primer. Latex will adhere to oil primers.
Of course teak naturally is full of oils to begin with.

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