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67372Re: Clear Coating alternatives

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  • sirdarnell
    Mar 1, 2012
      Apply two coats of epoxy and then cover in varnish as per directions to protect the epoxy from sun.

      --- In bolger@yahoogroups.com, "Andrew" <a.c.l.yen@...> wrote:
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      > My boatbuilding has slowed since Christmas due to lack to time, but I am almost at the point of turning the hull of my Chebacco 25 over. Maybe in March sometime.
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      > I decided that it would stiffen the sides a bit more if I fitted rubbing strakes to the top plank before I turned over. So I have sourced some nice strips of "Spotted Gum" from a timber decking supplier. I've ripped them down and shaped the profile on my router table. I'll screw them on with 1 1/2" bronze screws placed every foot. It should look nice, and spotted gum is going to be able to take the knocks.
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      > I always said I wouldn't have any timber finished bright - to save work. But the rubbing strips in spotted gum look too good to paint over. So if I do decide to have a fancy looking rubbing strip, what should I coat it with? Spar varnish? Linear Poly Urethane (LPU)? Oil of some sort? Epoxy and PU?
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      > I am concerned that if a bump damages the coating then water entering will quickly create an ugly mark and more coating will come off. I am also afraid that boat maintenance is not my strong point.
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      > What opinions/experience/recommendations is out there on hard wearing clear finishes?
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      > Regards,
      >
      > Andrew
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      > https://sites.google.com/site/warrandytewoodenboat/
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