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Old 09-12-2020, 08:50   #1
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varnish over Semco

Last Spring I stripped all of the bright work on the exterior of my Bristol 31 and applied Semco instead of varnish. Initially, I was very pleased with the results. It was easy to apply (2 coats) and provided a nice natural finish. Over the course of the Summer (Northeast) it bleached out in spots and didn't look so good at that point. I know that it needs to be reapplied annually (more in Southern waters) but I'm considering going back to varnish. I'm planning on returning to an alkyd (Cetol) and my question is whether going over the Semco with varnish will create any problems. Would appreciate any advice. Can't imagine I'm the only one to have gone thru this.
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Re: varnish over Semco

Best to follow the manufacturers application instructions if you want a respectable result. Especially when it comes to varnish.....there are no shortcuts. Personally I use Cetol because it is much easier to apply and maintain but we each must choose our poison.
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Re: varnish over Semco

Thanks. I've used Cetol in past. My concern was putting Cetol (or any varnish) over Semco.
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