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, charles.k.scott@... wrote:
> I've got the Winisk in the shop now and have sanded the exterior of
the hull down and applied the first of what will be several recoats
of varnish. I've sanded smooth the blemishes, drips and sags, that I
could see all this past summer when we'd take it out, but that
everyone assured me were not noticeable. ;-)
> It being cold now, or at least cold enough to warrant running the
heater, I'm having the same issues that I noticed the last time I
varnished. Here are my thoughts:
> 1. Since the heater is of the forced hot air variety, when it's
running it's blowing a lot of air around. Varnishing under this
situation seems almost guarranteed to produce dust specs on the hull
regardless how carefully I wipe down the hull prior to varnishing.
The forced air will blow around and redistribute dust from all over
the shop, and there is absolutely no way I'm ever going to be able to
clean the shop enough to prevent this from happening.
> 2. I have some very light plastic that I could drape above the
hull to form a tent. This may be the only way to at least ameliorate
the affects of the blowing heater system.
> 3. Other than spraying on the varnish, foam brushes are the only
applicator I've found that will not leave hairs in the varnish. I
thought I'd gotten all the hairs out of the finish while varnishing
yesterday afternoon, but inspecting it in the cold light of the
morning showed that I had not. This is in addition to the normal
specs of dust in the finish. I should add that I'm using very
inexpensive throw-away brushes because it is such a pain in the ass
to properly clean the brush when you are done. Yes, using such cheap
brushes virtually guarrantees hair in the varnish.
> 4. I'm varnishing only sections at a time, not the entire hull at
once. I don't know how this will blend in, we'll see, but I wanted
to varnish only the area's that were horizontal, to preven drips from
forming. I'll lay the canoe on it's side to varnish the side of the
hull. So far so good with that technique, although I need to pad the
the saw horses so that they do not scratch or dent the side of the
canoe as I lay it over.
> With the new canoe, the Freedom 15, I may wait until warmer weather
in the Spring to varnish so that I can either take it outside on a
calm day, or varnish inside if it gets up to 60 or so and don't have
to run the heater. Or who knows, maybe forming a tent of plastic
will keep the dust off the hull while the varnish sets up. We'll see.
> Corky (always striving to better my techniques) Scott
Hi Corky, I use throw away foam brushes no hairs to loose, cheap
enough to throw, no lines, only down side cannot take to much presure
or they fall apart, I got mine from ebay [where else]
Its hard to know when to stop when varnishing I think so I stick to 5
coats and when out on the water the boats look great
more power to your elbow
Bogsdolics[hoping to build a strip soon].