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Feb 19, 2020 - 3:46:05 PM
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4210 posts since 10/7/2007

Terrible, but I don't recall who to thank.
Few months back, I was working on some outdoor benches and someone suggested spar vanish. It was a little spendy, but I have to say, it has been worth it. I am using it again today, and thought, if I didn't say, "thanks!" before, I should now.


Feb 20, 2020 - 5:03:45 PM

2008 posts since 2/7/2008

I don't remember that post, but if you really want to keep those benches looking nice, keep them covered when they're not is use. Keeping the sun off of them will help the spar varnish last longer. If you're inclined to make the covers yourself, Sunbrella fabric is the way to go.

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:20:44 PM

7566 posts since 1/7/2005

One of the nice things about varnish is that it has nearly indefinite shelf life, if the lid is tight on the can. As long as it remains at brushing consistency, it can be used and should cure properly.


Feb 21, 2020 - 6:20:39 AM
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3783 posts since 5/12/2010

On boats a clear finish on spars and masts has an advantage over paint because any area allowing moisture in will be visibly noticable before significant damage is done. Same would be true for outdoor furniture.

Covering will prolong the finish, but good spar varnish holds up fairly well outdoors which is what it is designed for.

Freshening the bright work on a boat is considered routine maintenance, and keeping it all "Bristol Fashion" is a point of pride for a sailor. I miss my boats but thinking of this reminds me of how I love the pungent pine like smell of spar varnish, even if it probably isn't good for you to breathe it in, and may be illegal in California.

Makes me want to start on the restoration of an old canoe that has hung in the rafters of my barn for many years. Pretty little boat built by a Canadian canoe company which burned down in the 50s. Just needs a couple of ribs replaced, and new canvas. A lot of good memories associated with that canoe which once inspired me to write the bit of prose on my home page blog, and order the material for the restoration. Maybe I'll finally do the work this Spring.


Edited by - OldPappy on 02/21/2020 06:31:40

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