Editor’s Note — An obvious trend in recent years has been to minimize exterior brightwork as a way of reducing the maintenance burden on owners and crew. But it’s still out there and you have to deal with it. Interlux this week announced three new polyurethane varnishes for natural wood, including one two-part coating that promises an 80 percent gloss retention over a year, even in the Florida sun. Since I hate doing brightwork, I look for anything that can minimize the time required for application and maximize the lifespan of the coating. The following material is excerpted from the Interlux press release. I have not personally tested these varnishes but I thought they were interesting enough to report on here.
Perfection Plus is a clear, two-part polyurethane with prolonged chemical and abrasion resistance and superior UV protection and the company says it’s the best performing product they’ve ever seen, proving high gloss retention well over 80% even after 12 months in Florida. Perfection Plus has a service life of up to four times longer than conventional one-part varnish products. With an exceptional, high-clarity, high gloss finish, Perfection Plus can be applied direct to substrate or, alternatively, used in conjunction with Clear Wood Sealer – a fast-drying, colorless, two-part polyurethane primer – to reach up to as much as 40% reduction in process time, saving significant costs for boat builders and boat yards.
Schooner Gold also enters the market and with its advanced UV package and outstanding gloss, it is the longest-lasting one-part varnish Interlux has ever observed. Test results, conducted by Interlux in Florida over a 12-month period, have proven the gloss retention of Schooner Gold to outlast other leading varnish products. Additional benefits include a reduction in the need to sand in between each coat, which saves labor effort, time and costs. The traditional, warm amber hue of Schooner Gold enhances the color of natural wood. Schooner Gold has been optimized for application in warm and higher temperature climates.
Compass complements the traditional qualities of Schooner Gold with a brand new, fast-drying extremely durable one-part polyurethane varnish. Offering reduced labor and project time: Apply 2 coats per day – dust contamination is minimized – sanding only after every 2nd or 3rd coat. Consistent with all Interlux high performance varnishes, Compass contains ‘best in class’ HALS (Hindered Amine Light Stabilizers) and UV absorbers to protect wooden substrates from sunlight degradation, enhance durability and prolong the lifespan of the coating. Compass is light amber in color to emphasize the natural appearance of wood. Superior flow and application characteristics ensure a smooth, professional finish.
Perfection Plus, Schooner Gold & Compass can be applied direct to all types of wood, including oily timbers such as teak and mahogany.
For more information about Interlux products, visit www.yachtpaint.com.
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