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Not sure toxic fumes fall in the same category as the above. Long term health damage makes me cautious.
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I just used blakes dura-gloss to varnish my carbon mast. Its in an unheated garage and was hard well within the stated 8 hours!
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Think I just used international original. However, my boat is in a minority as most Europes have teak thwarts which don't need varnishing. Which boat do you have?
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Epifanes or Hempel Favourite both go hard. At this time of year you will find they will be set in around 16 hours but will take a week or so to fully harden off. In the summer it is more like a couple of days to be fully cured.
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Originally posted by H2

I just used blakes dura-gloss to varnish my carbon mast. Its in an unheated garage and was hard well within the stated 8 hours!

It wasn't, it was dry. Its not the same thing :)

If you handle it or got it wet you would have marked it or sent it milky - whether this bothers you is another matter.

Even two pack varnishes aren't properly hard until 36-48 hours after application in summer.
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I have an old Rondar, the thwart is some sort of hardwood. It was covered in something that was well past it's best. I ended up using some generic yacht/exterior varnish - it's had plenty of time to go off between coats and actually looks ok. It will be interesting to see how well it lasts. Now the aged RWO traveller looks a bit xxxx  Big smile

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Post Options Post Options   Quote tink Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Dec 20 at 6:06pm
Originally posted by jeffers

Epifanes or Hempel Favourite both go hard. At this time of year you will find they will be set in around 16 hours but will take a week or so to fully harden off. In the summer it is more like a couple of days to be fully cured.

Another vote for Epifanes, keep working the wet edge and donít got back over where you have varnished particularly with Epifines. I always use a simple polyurethane tent over the area and an oil filled radiator- economical and no blowing. You need to pre heat the boat for 24 hours. Do not varnish and the turn on the heat you will get lots of bubbles. The secret to varnishing is a very clean brush - what people think is dust contamination is dried varnish coming out from deep inside the brush. 

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