Applying Epifanes varnish in cold weather

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  1. H A van Nes
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    H A van Nes designer builder sailor

    Hi everyone: Any tips on an additive or techniques for applying epifnes varnish to bare wood in 35 to 50 deg. cold environment?
     
  2. rasorinc
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    Are you outside or under roof or in a cold shelter? Any access to power?
     
  3. H A van Nes
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    inside a poorly heated barn.
     
  4. rasorinc
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    Access to 110 V Power??
     
  5. PAR
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    Tarp the boat or area and install a few cheap oil filled heaters. These heaters are available though any discount department store and the big boxes for about 20 bucks. Get the temperature up. Use a 30% cut on the first raw wood coat, with a little Penetrol (about 5%). Let this dry then decrease the cut by 10% for the next couple of coats, still with the 5% Penetrol. Continue using the Penetrol for the bulking coats, but only enough cut to insure it comes out of the gun without stipple or lays down under the brush. The last three coats skip the Penetrol. This assumes you'll be applying several coats, which is typical for raw wood varnish jobs. The first 2 or three coats just seal the wood, the next few coats, bulk up film thickness and the last few coats are the sacrificial finish coats.
     

  6. gonzo
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    Japan dryer helps to make it dry too.
     
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