Is the amount of varnish on Ed's seats and thwarts enough? I just ordered a complete set of replacement parts and was somewhat surprised about the small amount of varnish (it says double dipped). Now I'm wondering if I need to varnish not only the cut off ends, but also revarnish everything with a couple more coats. How do you revarnish webbed seats anyway? Does Essex Industries put on more varnish?
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Posted by: pgeorg on Oct-28-12 12:04 PM (EST)
That's what I think. I have used Ed's stuff but I always give 'em a few more coats of varnish before I install them.
I think Ed's uses polyurethane|
Posted by: pblanc on Oct-28-12 12:09 PM (EST)
I too often give their stuff a light sanding and a few coats of varnish as well but I'm not certain it is necessary. It has been a while since I bought anything from Essex, but I don't recall a big difference in finish.
The two is sufficient|
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-28-12 12:11 PM (EST)
I can understand ends not being done as you might need to trim them anyway.
My cherry webbed seat|
Posted by: tktoo on Oct-28-12 1:18 PM (EST)
Ed does teriffic job. |
Posted by: rpg51 on Oct-28-12 7:52 PM (EST)
I've been very happy with Ed's stuff. My feeling is that canoes are like pick up trucks. Varnish wears out, the seats continue to work fine. 15 to 20 years later you buy new ones. I do agree its good to seal the cut off ends.
I have to credit Ed's seats for comfort|
Posted by: mickjetblue on Oct-28-12 10:49 PM (EST)
and adding controllability to my canoes.
varnish before or after drilling?|
Posted by: melenas on Nov-03-12 10:06 AM (EST)
it seems like everyone varnishes the ends while only some give the rest a few new coats, and noone has any problems either way.
Posted by: tktoo on Nov-03-12 10:40 AM (EST)
A Q-tip or pipe cleaner helps get the varnish all the way through.
Posted by: pblanc on Nov-03-12 11:35 AM (EST)
With soft sitka spruce thwarts, |
Posted by: ezwater on Nov-03-12 1:22 PM (EST)
I epoxied everything, holes inside, ends, the works, and I inserted plastic soda straw liners in the holes, in the wet epoxy. I wouldn't do all that for ash or other hardwoods, but at least oiling the inside of the holes is a good idea.
Posted by: melenas on Nov-03-12 7:53 PM (EST)
Posted by: CEWilson on Nov-04-12 7:48 AM (EST)