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Satin Spar Varnish

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by martin ferwerda, Mar 19, 2005.

  1. martin ferwerda

    martin ferwerda W/C Canoes

    I have been using Z-Spar Captains, but would like a non-gloss finish. I know Man o War has satin, but I have become somewhat dis-enchanted with the newer formulations of it. I know that satin varnishes tends to be softer than the gloss, so what I would like to do is use Captains Z-spar gloss and then add in a flattening agent for the final coat. Has anyone tried or know of a flattening agent and source for it, that would work with varnish?
  2. Mark Reuten

    Mark Reuten Wood Butcher

    I've use flattening agents before but I have never tried them in varnish. Interlux makes one. You could use an olde tyme painters trick which has worked for me. Use a heavy cut of solvent in your varnish. It goes on thinner of course but it knocks the shine right off and you would swear it was a satin finsh product that you used.
  3. MikeCav

    MikeCav Restorer/Videographer

    On my boat, I used 4 coats of Captains gloss then used Man-o-War satin as a top coat - No problems, seems durable so far. The gloss base coats allow the grain to show through clearly. The top coat of satin just softens the bright glare and make for a refined look, befitting an old boat.
  4. Dave Osborn

    Dave Osborn LIFE MEMBER

    Hi Martin,
    I restored a Rehbein Canoe (Duluth, MN) and used Mike Cavanaugh's method of Man O War Satin over Gloss. It worked out well.
    Good Luck!!
  5. OP
    martin ferwerda

    martin ferwerda W/C Canoes

    Mike, Dave,
    I did do one canoe a couple of years ago with the undercoats being z-spar and the top coat man-o-war satin, but did not like the way the man-o-war brushed on, perhaps I did not thin it properly, it just did not seem to "lay" right.

    I sent an email to Pettit and got this reply, so it looks like there is an additive available, so I can use all Z-spar.

    "Thank you for the e-mail. You can add the Pettit 9080 satin additive
    to reduce the gloss."
    BigWheel likes this.

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