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Painting Your Boat

Louisiana is called the Sportmen’s Paradise for a Reason

In Louisiana, we boat for all sorts of reasons from shrimping and fishing to tubing and skiing. We have beautiful swamps filled with huge cypress trees, alligators, and birds plus great places to spend time with the family swimming and knee boarding. No matter what you like to do in Louisiana waters, you will be using your boat. Over time, your boat may get scratched and will be in need of a new coat varnish. If you are thinking about painting your boat, stop by Helm Paint & Decorating for our Marine Yacht Varnish.

What is the Helm Paint Marine Yacht Varnish?

Marine Yacht Varnish is a classic alkyd varnish, formulated to the highest Dutch standards. Marine Yacht Varnish has been the coating of choice for discerning boatmen from Schoonhoven to Singapore for over one hundred years. This varnish is used by many of the finest Northern European yards.

Marine Yacht Varnish is easy to apply and produces an unusually high build. This coating is suitable for use over most other varnishes, both traditional and urethane. We suggest that when applying this varnish over an existing finish, test the compatibility on a small, unobtrusive area. Marine Yacht Varnish has excellent weather resistance properties and provides a high degree of U.V. protection. Marine Yacht Varnish performs consistently well at every latitude on vessels ranging from luxury yachts to fishing boats.

SURFACE PREPARATION

Surfaces to be varnished should be dry, free of dust, chalk, grease and all foreign material, which would affect adhesion.
Dust and Chalk, etc, should be eliminated.
Remove grease and wax with denatured alcohol.
Previously varnished surfaces must be dulled by light sanding.

APPLICATION

Tools: Use a first quality, clean, natural bristle brush (we recommend the Omega Small Flats, S57’s or the Omega Large Full Oval S55-2). NEVER use a brush for varnishing if it has been used previously for painting.
New woodwork: After surface preparation (sanding, etc.) and cleaning, wipe down surface with a clean cloth impregnated with denatured alcohol. We recommend the application of four or more coats of Marine Yacht Varnish, allowing twenty-four hours of drying time between coats. Surfaces should be lightly sanded with fine sandpaper – 220 grit – and tacked between coats.
On previously varnished surfaces: Varnished surfaces which are sound should be sanded, cleaned thoroughly and wiped down with a clean cloth impregnated with denatured alcohol. Apply two or more coats of Marine Yacht Varnish, allowing twenty-four hours of drying time between coats. Surfaces should be lightly sanded with fine sandpaper – 220 grit – and tacked between coats.
On previously varnished surfaces in extremely poor condition: It is recommended that the old varnish be removed completely, then proceed as for new woodwork.
Work area should always be well ventilated.
NEVER shake container. To avoid bubbles varnish should only be stirred.
Avoid dust contamination by re-sealing open containers immediately.
To achieve a satin finish with Marine Yacht Varnish we recommend the application of a single finish coat of Eurothane Satin Varnish over a Marine Yacht Varnish.

TO COMPLETE YOUR VARNISH JOB AND BRING THE FINISH TO ABSOLUTE PERFECTION, PLEASE QUICKLY, GENTLY AND LIGHTLY BUFF YOUR VARNISH WORK TWENTY FOUR HOURS AFTER THE APPLICATION OF THE FINAL COAT WITH 0000 STEEL WOOL. THIS WILL MAKE THE FINISH UNIFORM AND REMOVE SLIGHT IMPERFECTIONS RESULTING FROM AIRBORNE DUST.

MAINTENANCE

Easy to clean. Wash (scrub if necessary) with a very weak solution of a mild, powdered detergent and cold water, rinse and dry (buff) to avoid water spots. Do not use liquid household cleaners or harsh detergents as they will dull the surface.

2017-01-17T10:14:31+00:00 January 17th, 2017|News, Paint|