Interlux Recalls New Compass Varnish

Interlux Compass Varnish

Interlux Compass Varnish

Sometimes I guess you can just have too much of a good thing. The case in point here is Interlux’s new Compass varnish, introduced last fall, which incorporated a new, fast-drying chemistry. Unfortunately, it seems to be just a little bit too fast-drying. An OceanLines reader in North Carolina noticed cans of the varnish being collected at his marina store for a recall, so we checked with Interlux. In my experience, the Interlux brand, from International Paint LLC, is generally top-quality. So in this case, I think it’s fair to include the company’s response to my query verbatim:

“Yes, unfortunately the Compass varnish is on recall at the moment, but it’s intended to be a temporary measure. The product is absolutely superb when applying on small areas but too many of our varnishes found it drying too quickly, which makes it difficult to apply. There are no doubts about its performance, longevity or durability, this is an application concern only. We have some very fast driers in the product to make it dust-free, and while it’s not leading to any issues on smaller areas, it does prove a challenge on larger areas where you need more wet- edge and working time. Listening to our customers, we’re reviewing this feedback and we’ve got our chemists on track intending to fix that.

We were in a tricky situation as we’ve also had customers call in that loves it and don’t understand why we’ve recalled it, but Interlux is all about ‘making it easy’ for consumers and professionals alike, so we’re wanting to ensure we supply a product anybody can apply and above all, that it’s suitable for any projects – large or small. The recall affects Compass only, no others. If somebody has successfully applied Compass already you’re in a good place and you will get to enjoy the great performing product that it is. For the rest of the good folks out there, we’re just improving the application properties so it will be easier to brush on.”

A representative from AkzoNobel, the parent company, said they don’t have a timeline just yet for when the product might return to the shelves but did note that the original Schooner varnish, which is similar to the Compass but without the hyper-speed drying chemistry, should be in stock at most retailers in April. I will update this item as soon as we any information on when Compass might be back. For now, I would recommend you call the Interlux help line at 1-800-468-7589 if you’re having problems. If you’re only doing small pieces, it seems like you’ll be okay, and you’ll still have one of the best UV-resistant varnishes out there.

Thanks, Ron.

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Still Got Brightwork? Interlux Has Some New Poly Varnishes

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.


Interlux Varnishes

New Interlux Varnishes

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.

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