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Varnishing gate panels

Postby Bonypart » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:09 am

I am renovating a driveway gate and replacing the 17 plastic uprights with wood. The uprights are secured by two horizontal metal bars and I want to apply three coats of Danish Varnish to all sides of the wood.
From research I note that the varnishing process should be to apply one coat, then wait 20 minutes, wipe of excess and apply the second coat, then wait another 20 minutes before applying the last coat but my concern is that during this process the panels will need to be turned over and rested.
To my mind, when they are rested and wet even upon thin plastic tubing they will suffer marking on the areas of contact. It has been suggested that I should rest the panels on points that are in the exact same position that they are to be fitted so that any blemishes will be hidden once they are mounted.
Has anyone got any thoughts as to how I might work around this issue please?

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Re: Varnishing gate panels

Postby promhandicam » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:37 am

Erm, unless I am missing something, why not just do one side at a time?

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Re: Varnishing gate panels

Postby Bonypart » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:34 am

promhandicam wrote:Erm, unless I am missing something, why not just do one side at a time?


Well I was trying to avoid that because there will be 51 coats and if I could do say 10 batches of panels at a time and turn them over it would save time.

Might have to do it the long way I suppose! :)

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Re: Varnishing gate panels

Postby promhandicam » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:15 pm

51 coats? Line them up do one side, wiping down as you go and by the time you've finished the last one the first should be dry and you can turn it over and start again.

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Re: Varnishing gate panels

Postby woodsmith » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:05 am

Danish oil is not very good for treating exterior wood, even the exterior version won't give you a long lasting finish and will need constant maintenance.

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Re: Varnishing gate panels

Postby nelly111s » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:28 pm

Painter's pyramids?

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Re: Varnishing gate panels

Postby Bonypart » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:27 am

Thank you all for your helpful comments.


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