You have done everything correctly to this point. All of your wood has been sanded fair to 80 grit. It has been stained perfectly and sealed with three coats of CPES.
Drop the ball when varnishing will destroy all of your hard work.
Those glossy mahogany hulls, with shines that appear miles deep, do so because their surfaces are flat. Achieving flat requires patience, patience and more patience.
Reading the narratives accompanying these videos are especially critical to achieving varnish to die for. Please do so.
Remember a snow field is a flat surface and your goal, over and over again as you build coats.
We have tried spraying varnish, applying it with super expensive hog bristle brushes, and rolling and tipping it. Rolling and tipping is our choice, not because we believe it is the best of the methods, but because it works for us.
So many parts. So much staining and varnishing! But with 90 percent of the varnishing ...View & Read More
So close! One more coat of varnish tomorrow and installing our 1957 23’ Lyman Runabout’s ...View & Read More
Happy New Year from RJ, Joe and Michael at Snake Mountain Boatworks LLC! We spent ...View & Read More
Yes, she is Voodoo Child, and if all goes well this fall and winter, you ...View & Read More
Flat = Gloss This update on our conservation process at it applies to the 1946 ...View & Read More
I just spent some minutes viewing our intake photographs of this 1959 17’ Chris-Craft Sportsman ...View & Read More
Gloss is about flat, which may seem incongruous, but the flatter the surface, the more ...View & Read More
“Always start with the least abrasive grit that will work, as you don’t want to ...View & Read More
Epifanes asserts that its Monourethane One-Component hard high gloss paint “provides incredibly hard urethane abrasion ...View & Read More
RJ and John rolled and tipped coat number 14 of Pettit High-Build onto the decks ...View & Read More
The last coat of varnish has been oh so carefully rolled and tipped. The mahogany ...View & Read More
Varnishing the Chris-Craft 18’ Riviera Runabout began last Monday. Today, after RJ lightly hand-sanded the ...View & Read More
She arrived from Long Island, NY last fall, incredibly original throughout, even if a bit ...View & Read More
We are nearing completion of a thorough preservation of this early example of cold-molded plywood ...View & Read More
Ready for varnish is a huge milestone, and the prospect of applying the initial four ...View & Read More
Finally! Songbird is spreading her wings as we apply Pettit Z Spar Flagship High Build ...View & Read More
Songbird is progressing, despite curing still being severely hampered throughout the shop by chronic humidity ...View & Read More
Songbird is a 1948 18-foot Century Sea Made who arrived in October 21. Now, some ...View & Read More
Our 1947 Chris-Craft cedar-planked U22 blew past a major milestone today. Her deck, gunwales and ...View & Read More
With the entire hull sealed with three coats of clear penetrating epoxy sealer (CPES), one ...View & Read More
Honest, the Shepherd has not been neglected. There is just so many time a video ...View & Read More
Voodoo Child arrived here from Pointe au Beril, Ontario, CA on October 27, 2015. Now, ...View & Read More
We are sooo close to completing the varnishing of this incredibly original 1953 12’ Penn ...View & Read More
I walked around the house’s corner and there in the garage sat the most unusual ...View & Read More
Here we are, with her preservation complete, and still we have failed to find either ...View & Read More
These 16.5’ Lyman runabouts from the 1950s are truly iconic, and this example is not ...View & Read More
Ahhh…. The beginning of the end of preserving our 1959 16.5-foot Lyman runabout is just ...View & Read More