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Old 12-06-2019, 21:32   #1
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combining varnish

I have a few cans of varnish that I would like to strain and combine. Is this a bad idea?

One is a can of Jamestown quick coat varnish
some Epiphanes rapid coat
some Schooner Gold
and some minwax spar varnish with urethane

Could I combine these to make a full quart?

Would you use this for a top coat, just as though it was new varnish?

Would you instead use it for utility items like oars, centerboard or ruddr on dinghy, shroud rollers of ash, etc?

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Re: combining varnish

I don't know but I think it could end up being a mess unless they all had the same ingredients. But I'm just guessing. Maybe try it in some less obvious part of the boat?
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Old 12-06-2019, 23:37   #3
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Re: combining varnish

A bad idea.
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Re: combining varnish

Can’t say I have tried it. I am just imagining it all peeling of in a few months time.
When you mix the wrong thinners with some paints it goes all lumpy. So who knows what could happen with the varnish?
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Re: combining varnish

I wouldn't mix different varnish

What I do if I want to stop anything in the backyard rusting is to go to the recycle facility at the local rubbish dump where I can pick up a liter of paint (or varnish?) for a couple of dollars.
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Re: combining varnish

Except for the Jamestown quick coat, for which I couldn't find an MSDS, you probably can, as they all are primarily naptha and aliphatic hydrocarbon based.

https://www.minwax.com/document/SDS/en/US/027426132009
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/a...20170914095622
https://www.epifanes.co.uk/uploads/d...atpdf-svsN.pdf

Not sure what you'd get though...
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Re: combining varnish

Given the investment in time to apply and maintain varnish, the idea of saving a few bucks by mixing old cans of varnish strikes me as pennywise and pound foolish.

Buy new varnish.
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