Q & A — May 2003
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
2: Varnishing Tips
have a teak rail across my transom that I’ve put two coats of varnish
on. I don’t seem to be getting the finish I want and was wondering
if I am using the right kind of brush. Do you have any tips on this?
F.L., via e-mail
Whatever type of brush you use, use it only for varnish work, and make sure it’s clean. Residue often gets trapped up in the ferrule and will invariably mix with the varnish during application and ruin your flawless coat. To prevent residue, always clean the brush thoroughly with the recommended solvent when you are done with it for the day, then wash the brush in a mild detergent—Ivory Snow liquid will do just fine—and warm water. Dry and wrap it in greaseproof paper, sculpting the bristles into a chisel-like shape. Finally, hang the brush by its handle to prevent spreading out or “fishtailing” of the bristles.
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This article originally appeared in the April 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.