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Old 06-05-2020, 20:04   #1
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So how do I varnish these louvres?

Iíve managed to strip all the old, nasty, alligatored varnish off my louvered companionway doors.....so how do I varnish the things?

Each door has 26 slats, only about 1/4 inch gaps between them.

Artist brushes? Some kind of foam pad? Iíve got a stock JENS foam brush in the picture for scale....

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Iíve managed to strip all the old, nasty, alligatored varnish off my louvered companionway doors.....so how do I varnish the things?

Each door has 26 slats, only about 1/4 inch gaps between them.

Artist brushes? Some kind of foam pad? Iíve got a stock JENS foam brush in the picture for scale....

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Matt, you could varnish the frames as per normal and then mask and do the slatted section with spray cans of varnish if available in your area or if you have the equipment mix and spray the same varnish used on the frames. Or perhaps source a very thin brush.
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Re: So how do I varnish these louvres?

the tapered end of the foam brush will fit in there just fine.
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Re: So how do I varnish these louvres?

Zee Murray,
Beg to differ - the slot is half the width of a foamy, and using just the edge, sideways, leaves half the slat un-coated. If I forced the brush in, Iím going to have huge gobs of varnish from squeezing.....

Thatís why Iím looking for ideas

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Re: So how do I varnish these louvres?

a good brush the same width as the slats. maybe a flat artist's brush.
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I would use a 1-1/2Ē tapered angled sash brush. I would recommend Purdy or Wooster.
The trick is to do both sides at the same time and donít lay it on to heavy.
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Gentlemen, I have just spent 20 minutes editing out the swear words and all this before my first morning tea

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This is not to discourage any boat owner, but when my neighbours boat was burglarized they just kicked in those slats and opened the doors. After that they emptied the booze cabinet, tried to steal the dinghy and slept in the bunks.

The end of their ďtourĒ came when next morning they ďvisitedĒ our boat to run off with 4 iphones, a camera and other stuff. They had not suspected that there were people in the boat, my wife, a friend and his GF.

They were chased down the docks by my wife and the friend and handed over to police. 2 days later they were in a courtroom for immediate prosecution. Must say that justice can be efficient in France.
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You can use el cheapo 'chip' brushes. They are quite thin because they are made cheap. When new it is a good idea to try to pull out as many bristles as you can (did I say they were cheap). Don't put it on too thick, better to do multiple coats and work from both sides while the varnish is cheap. Don't use cheap varnish or you will be back to redoing the project too soon.
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I have a few Omega Lily varnish brushes. They are much thinner than a regular varnish brush and work far better than foam. Also relatively inexpensive and leave a nice surface. I think a bristle brush would work well in that application.

I should think you'd want to tackle those louvers front and back in the same application or you'll get runs. Just work each louver, front to back, going from top to bottom. The corners where the louver meets the frame are where you might get a bit heavy. Then I'd lay the door flat on its back and carefully daub the "heavy" varnish to minimize this. A number of somewhat thin coats should leave you with a nice finish.

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If you can separate the staining from the varnishing process that helps as you can then get the color you want. Then possibly use a spray on sealant.
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I would use a Prevail spray system, the one that has a jar and spray nozzle and uses cans of propellant Have to thin the varnish so is sprays, but misting on numerous coats carefully should work just fine. Hang the doors so you can go front to back and watch that everything is covered. Just don't get too aggressive with building up film thickness quickly. It always seems you screw up what was supposed to be the last coat.
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