After some tips/expert advice please.
Posted: 23/02/2006 15:34:49
Tricky one. See below where there might be some information. I have always stripped it all off.
Posted: 23/02/2006 16:12:34
By: Garry R
Ask on the CVRDA forum too. There's some vintage Merlin experts there!!
Posted: 24/02/2006 13:38:24
Wot's this ere? A Yotty who can't varnish?
Posted: 24/02/2006 15:10:21
By: Ancient Geek
What about spraying? Anyone here done it themselves?
Posted: 24/02/2006 15:29:22
Yes, sprayed 3302 inside and out about 10 years ago. It's pretty messy but you get a good finish if you have decent kit.
Posted: 24/02/2006 15:39:14
Well when you do it at home you know it wont be as good as the pros....but I just want the quick and lazy option! The thought of varnishing the inside of 3245 sometime this year fills me with dread. It was bad enough doing the decks alone 3 years ago...
Posted: 24/02/2006 15:52:34
I have to do some varnishing but am struggling like hell to find the space, i have a standard single garage and my boat just fits but i could only do one side deck at a time how does everyone else cope???
Posted: 24/02/2006 19:44:35
wait till the weather gets warmer and do it outside.
Posted: 24/02/2006 20:13:59
By: Richard Battey
Get used to crawling if varnishing in a narrow garage.
Posted: 24/02/2006 23:41:41
By: The Old trout
If you're reasonably handy with a brush you'd be amazed how much differance wetting the floor makes and letting the dust settle for 20 minuites or so before you varnish.
Posted: 25/02/2006 08:09:54
I once varnished the inside whilst my Merlin was upside down to avoid dust...reasonable result but harder work than normal way up. Trouble is that you would be sailing with upside down varnish which could lead to boat inverting more easily! If I did it again I would choose a warm day, support the hull on two separate zip up scaffold tower sections and blast out first with a compressed air line.
Posted: 25/02/2006 13:48:33
If you don't strip the whole deck you will find the the stripped wood will be a different colour to the still varnished wood. This is because the old varnish will have aged an yellowed slightly.
Posted: 25/02/2006 16:15:38
I painted a 20yr old 470 upside down for my son 10yrs back which produced a pretty good finish. Like everything its 50% preperation a poly tent static earth wire, good brush on pad to finish worked well. On our Merlin we refinished right way up, clear epoxy coat then varnish, foam (epoxy type) roller on pad to finish, each coat applied early morning or evening then shed locked (poly tented) temp 10-12c(autumm)
Posted: 26/02/2006 07:33:17
By: Barry Watkin
Does anyone know where you can get those foam "Jennie" brushes. I've heard they are very good for getting a smooth finish
Posted: 26/02/2006 21:22:51
By: Richard S
robbins timber amongst others - www.robbins.co.uk
Posted: 26/02/2006 22:25:23
They have them on ebay too - about 90p each I think. But some varnishes swell them up and eat them away so you will need a few. Beware bits falling off. I actually use foam cut into blocks and it works every bit as well provided you use the nice straight edge - and cheaper.
Posted: 27/02/2006 08:51:43
By: Garry R
I cant bring myself to clean them - too much effort. For 50p you might as well throw them away. I'm sure most chandlers sell em - Guildford Marine does.
Posted: 27/02/2006 09:32:38
I've still got my "Hamiltons Oval Varnish Brush" I bought in 1960! Admitedly I don't use it much these days but even in 1960 it was £10.00.00d odd! It doesn't drop hairs, holds a lot of Varnish and gives a fantastic finish, it's brother/sister for colours was left in a can of International "Brittania Blue" 2 pack in 1968, and forms a useful trophy/reminder in my workshop.
Posted: 27/02/2006 15:22:14
By: Ancient Geek