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Varnish Touch-ups and Take-downs

by Darrell Nicholson on May 05, 2015

The upcoming June 2015 issue of Practical Sailor features the first article in a new series of tests involving wood finishes—two-part varnishes, one-part varnishes, and synthetic finishes. The new crop of coatings promise longer lasting finishes that are easier to apply, but none of these are as easy as preserving the finish you have. To keep brightwork healthy, approach it as you do your own health. Whether its a touch-up or a complete take-down that's on your horizon, here are a few tips on wood care that can save you hours of sweat down the line.

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