While the varnish is built up to 7-9 coats initially, it continually breaks down in the elements needing maintenance coats to build back up to full protection for the wood.
How many coats do you recommend if applying it yearly?
We've found that 2-4 coats applied in the spring make the varnish last through the season with little breakthrough.
Why do I need so many coats of varnish?
Pete says the UV rays will eat right through just a couple of coats. That's why we apply two coats of sealer to bare teak before building up the varnish using 7-9 coats.
Can you fix breakthrough without stripping everything down?
Yes. The area gets sanded down, spot coats of varnish get applied to build up to the thickness of the surrounding layers of varnish before a final full coat or two to bring it up to the 7-9 coats. However, when dealing with teak, the wood never fully dries and the oils continually work out of the wood causing multiple breakthroughs. Breakthroughs are also commonly found on hard edges where it is difficult to to build up varnish and where it gets chafed by lines. When there are too many breakthroughs and crazing in the varnish, it's time to strip the varnish completely and build back up to full coats.
Why use varnish?
Without varnishing, you have bare teak which turns gray and has a weathered look. The varnish protects the teak from UV rays that take the beautiful color out and make it gray.
How can I make the varnish last longer?
Keep it out of the sun - several of our customers have cockpit covers made by Price's Yacht Canvas to protect most of their varnish throughout the season.
Is there an alternative to varnish?
There are alternatives out there but a lot of our customers are not happy; often times the final result is flat and not natural looking at all. A proper varnish job requires yearly, sometimes twice-yearly attention, but the result is a beautiful natural color with a depth that only occurs with varnish.
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