By Capt. Bill Pike After a routine cleaning, the first step in the coating process is taping areas that adjoin teak. Then comes a fast rough up with a plastic Scotch-Brite pad... ...followed by a wipe down with a tack cloth. Unlike conventional varnish, you stir synthetics prior to application... ...draining your brush by wiping it over the can's edge... ...and apply like ordinary house paint, albeit while maintaining a wet edge. Cleanup's still conventional. After application, I simply washed my brush in plain ol' mineral spirits.