Wednesday October 29, 2014
October 29, 2014 in Uncategorized
More from Woodwind Yachts!
Fridays are varnish days at Ken Lavalette’s shop in Nestleton, Ontario. Before varnishing, the shop floor is cleaned, (and sometimes watered down). All excess clothing is removed and Ken and staff move around very slowly so as not to raise dust. If the varnish job is to be a “show finish”, a plastic tent will be constructed around the boat. The vessel is vacuumed and then rubbed thoroughly twice with a tack cloth
Ken and staff use a “roll and tip” method of varnishing. A foam roller is used first to apply a layer of varnish. Roller pressure, (sometimes applied at right angles to the planking to fill cracks) can be applied with enough pressure to really penetrate into the wood fibres. Following the roller stage, a brush is used to lightly “tip” or smooth the varnished surface. WIthout the “tipping” from the brush, the roller would leave small stiple marks in the varnish.
Ken points out that it doesn’t take too long to varnish a boat. It’s the preparation that takes the bulk of the effort.
For the first three coats, and Epiphanes product requiring no sanding between coats. For the remaining coats, sanding is applied between varnish coats.
(Below) Ken and a competitor competed in a Varnish Off at Saturday’s workshop. Guess who won?
Steve demonstrates the “roll and tip” method on a cedar strip Lakefield. (below). (The green hull is coated with an Epiphanes bottom paint)