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Old 22-06-2015, 06:46   #16
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Re: Epiphanies clear high gloss varnish

Sanibel, epifanes wood finish gloss doesn't have UV protection. If that's what you purchased it's great to build up with but final 2 to 4 coats should use epifanes clear which contains UV inhibitors. When you open can stir up the thick "milk" from the bottom. When mixed properly the varnish will look thick and cloudy. Don't worry it dries clear. Click image for larger version

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Old 22-06-2015, 11:59   #17
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Re: Epiphanies clear high gloss varnish

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Sanibel Sailor,

Look for answers from Florida, and other SE US locations, as what will do well in your climate is not the same as from the PNW, for instance. You will have more UV to filter out; also it is hot and humid in season, rather than cool and humid.Ann
We live in South West Florida and the Epifanes is holding up beautifully. Of course, we do lightly sand and put one coat on a year. But, believe it or not that is a very quick and easy job. We also use the clear that has the UV protection.

About Starbrite Tropical Teak Oil...I use it on the teak blocks that are behind the winches on the mast. It really works well and looks nice. However, this is also something else that I apply once a year, with a brush. Then I wipe the extra off. It does not have a glossy finish but works great for those blocks.

I love that glossy, mirror look on the rest of the exterior teak so I really like the Epiafanes best. But, some folks like a matte finish or the Cytol look. All in all, I think once you get to a maintaince point, keeping it up is easy.

Oh, and "thank you" to all of you who posted pictures. Just beautiful!
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Re: Epiphanies clear high gloss varnish

Epiphanes is great stuff. Just make sure you put on 6 or 7 coats. Sand if the previous coat looks rough when dry. After 5 layers and a quick sand, the 6th and 7th coats will really shine. Last for years if you touch up or recoat once a year.

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Re: Epiphanies clear high gloss varnish

This discussion inspired me to write a magazine article. See this month's Good Old Boat magazine.
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