Paint or Varnish Solution

A Possible Solution to the Paint v. Varnish Question:
A combination of an off-white paint on the interior of the bulwarks
up to the bottom edge of the top strake and then cetol on the top strake and
exterior portion of the bulwarks looks great. I borrowed this scheme
from Mike Pearson on “Metaphora”. The lines of the bulwarks are emphasized
by the sweep of the top cetoled strake when on deck. The deck looks even more
spacious and the problem of refinishing around the stantions is removed for at
least a couple of years. Reapplication of cetol on the exterior portion of the
bulwarks is very easy. We also painted the boomkin and cetoled the taffrail.

Wayne “Odyssey”


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edney@thegrid.net wrote:

A Possible Solution to the Paint v. Varnish Question:
A combination of an off-white paint on the interior of the bulwarks
up to the bottom edge of the top strake and then cetol on the top strake and
exterior portion of the bulwarks looks great. I borrowed this scheme
from Mike Pearson on “Metaphora”. The lines of the bulwarks are emphasized
by the sweep of the top cetoled strake when on deck. The deck looks even more
spacious and the problem of refinishing around the stantions is removed for at
least a couple of years. Reapplication of cetol on the exterior portion of the
bulwarks is very easy. We also painted the boomkin and cetoled the taffrail.

Wayne “Odyssey”

Hi!

I’m doing a major refinishing of Grey Mist, hull#35, 1978. It is a major
endeavor. Removing the existing paint on these bulwarks is a BIG job. I
want avoid doing it again in the future. I haven’t determined how I’m
going to finish the exterior woodwork yet, mainly the bulwarks. I’m
contemplating painting with two-part poly or just plane oiling. (I’ve
used these paints before with remarkable results). These are the
questions I’m posting to get your opinions.

  1. The bulwarks are Honduran Mohogany. I really don’t want to varnish,
    although the epoxy/varnish method sounds promising. While not as weather
    resistant as teak, will oiling with 100% tungoil on a regular basis
    prevent degradation?

  2. I’ve heard that only pure Tung Oil won’t eventually turn dark. Is
    this true?

  3. What is the difference between Cetol and Tung Oil? Is one supposed to
    be better than another?

Thanks,

Lanny Luhmann
Mpls, MN