Monthly Archives: February 2018

Seeing Where the Sun Don’t Shine

can’t see inside? ….grab a digital camera… Sometimes you want to see under the deck, inside a bouyancy tank or storage compartment and the problem can be that there is only a small hatch to gain access by. Often, you … Continue reading

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Using Cyano-Acrylate

“Why they call Cyano-Acrylate super” Or superglue to everyone else…..cyano has been available to the model aircraft builders for many years and they have been using it to good effect; the beauty of the glue is that it actually uses … Continue reading

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Idiot’s Guide to Varnishing

Varnishing is easy, honest, but I have to admit it took me quite a few years to work out how to do it….easily….and in that time I have got it wrong so many times. These days, people seem impressed with … Continue reading

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Polishing Varnish

OK, it looks good, but I want perfection Why not Polish it? Mmmmm, not so easy, but you can polish some varnishes……but only once they have really gone HARD. So it follows that the hard poly and mono urethanes are … Continue reading

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Applying Varnish

getting it out the can….and onto the wood? OK so you have prepared your wood or varnish and now you want to get down to getting the varnish out of the can and onto the wood. You have 3 choices … Continue reading

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Materials for Varnishing?

Boats have been varnished in one way or another for hundreds of years and yet despite all that time and practice, it appears that there is still no agreement about what’s the best stuff to use. Every year there seems … Continue reading

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Staining

now, are we going to stain? Generally, I would say you often don’t have too….and please don’t, unless you really have too. Believe me, stains are a pain in the posterior. They are hard to apply, generally complicate and compromise … Continue reading

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Getting The Old Varnish Off

O.K. whether it’s paint of varnish, there comes a point where it is just got to come off. If it is varnish, at least you can see when the wood-to-coating join starts to breakdown. If it’s paint, you can’t see … Continue reading

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Why do We Varnish?

Well it’s not as silly a question as you might think at first, we do it of course because we are proud of the beautiful wood that our boat is made of and we varnish so that we can protect … Continue reading

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