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Offline mike9

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Boat finish
« on: July 02, 2019, 07:21 PM »
Iam building speaker covers out of marine grade ply for a boat. The boat is used in fresh water . What finish should I use . I did some research and found sikkens and epiphanes are popular choices.  I have not used either.

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Offline Pnw painter

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Re: Boat finish
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2019, 07:51 PM »
Epifanes and Pettit make excellent products. You can also use Smith’s Penetrating Epoxy to seal the wood prior to varnishing your speakers.


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Online Cheese

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Re: Boat finish
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2019, 09:59 AM »
Are the wooden surfaces vertical or horizontal or both? Some Sikkens products are for vertical surfaces only because they lack a fungicide or mildewcide additive.

The penetrating epoxy is a great suggestion. Here's a video from Jamestown Distributors. They offer a lot of different finishes.


Offline Koamolly

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Re: Boat finish
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2019, 12:29 PM »
I’ve used quite a bit of Smith's Penetrating Epoxy and all the West Systems Epoxy products.  You must wear a respirator when working with Smith’s and really should be using one with thinned epoxies.  Surprised the guy in video isn’t wearing gloves and a respirator.  I see the product he’s using is low VOC but he added denatured alcohol to it.  Maybe I’m missing something?