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How to finish deck surface

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:32 am
by Bill W
I have made my Zip deck out of strips of 1/4" Okume plywood. Now what is the best way to finish it. Should I put a coat of epoxy on first, then varnish, or just start with varnish on the raw wood ?

Thanks for the help.

Re: How to finish deck surface

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:32 pm
by Roberta
Are you planning on staining the wood to create some contrast from the decking to the cover boards? The best finish will be to stain, followed by a sealer like Pettits, then varnish. Some varnishes will attack epoxy and the finish will become gummy and not dry.

Roberta

Re: How to finish deck surface

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:40 pm
by Bill W
Not sure about the contrast. I really like the look of your torpedo. What stains did you use.

Thanks.

Re: How to finish deck surface

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:10 pm
by Roberta
I used Chris Craft Red and Chris Craft Cordova from Sandusky. The stain was applied and rubbed out and allowed to dry a few weeks before sealing with several coats of System Three Silver Tip resin. Then the deck was coated with three coats of Epifanes two part Poly-U clear and buffed out. White 3M 4000uV was used to caulk the seams. The hull was painted with White and Blue Epifanes two part Poly-U.

I used Epifanes Varnish on my Zip. That required about 17 coats to get it perfect, with sanding between each coat. The varnish is really deep and beautiful when finished, but does not hold up as well as the Poly-U. My finish on the Torpedo still looks good after 4 seasons and is very durable. Do not use Epifanes Vanish on top of System Three epoxy resins. Poly-U is fine, but the Poly-U eats up rollers after about 25 sq. ft. of use. These are the really good Redtree phenolic core rollers. Hot dog rollers and cheap rollers will come apart almost immediately and ruin your finish.

Here is a link to doing the Epifanes Varnish and stains: http://www.vintageraceboatshop.com/Stain-Varnish.htm

The Zip was stained with Chris Craft Red and Dark Walnut on Philippine Mahogany. The Torpedo was done on African Mahogany.

Hope this helps.

Roberta

Re: How to finish deck surface

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:32 pm
by chugalug
:D That's really nice,Roberta.Epifanes won't cure over epoxy shield either.

Re: How to finish deck surface

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:11 am
by Roberta
Epifanes products are fantastic to use, but have some crazy solvents that eat up rollers and react to certain other products. Best to follow successful practices or do tests before using on large surfaces. This advice is true of any product line.

Roberta

Re: How to finish deck surface

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:00 am
by TomB
I'm using the Interlux version of the same products...basically nasty solvents with a little finish mixed in. Roberta mentioned using these hot dog rollers a while back www.jamestowndistributors.com/userporta ... ller+Cover . They are expensive, but you can get a coat out of one roller before they start to dissolve. The solvents dissolve foam brushes too. These hold up much better than the cheap ones at the home center https://www.jamestowndistributors.com/u ... am+Brushes

Tom

Re: How to finish deck surface

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:31 pm
by Bill W
Roberta : Thanks for the info on the stains. I'm going to take a look at those Chris Craft colors.