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Old 06-23-2015   #1
 
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Spar recommendations

Found some marine grade ply for my decking/rails project. What brand/type spar do you all recommend? Any and all tips for the project are more than welcome!

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Jamestown Distributors has everything in this category (jamestowndistributors.com). I've been using Interlux Schooner for my wooden station wagon, but they have many kinds, depending on your preferences, and lots of video how-to support.
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If you want the best- that's Epiphanes. Not sure a raft really warrants that level- but it's your money. I use Minwax Helmsman- works well for the application at 1/4 the cost

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I use Epiphanes for all the above waterline wood on my drift boat. However, on the floor and rails of my raft I switched to exterior enamel house paint. The house paint is cheaper, dries faster, provides better UV protection and does a much better job of keeping water out. Spar is NOT recommended for anything below the water line. So far the paint is outlasting the spar 2:1

For plywood I like to seal the edges with epoxy prior to painting with spar or house paint. I used slow set (2 hour) epoxy adhesive thinned with denatured alcohol. Check out the wooden boat building sites for more detailed instructions. The epoxy seals the end grain, you can use auto body filler or two part wood filler to fill voids. Since epoxy degrades with UV you want to cover it with spar or paint.
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I started with Marine grade boards 4 years ago and originally SparVar'd them. First coat lasted 2 seasons. Second coat lasted 1 season.

This year, using the same boards, I lightly sanded and put on Monstaliner DIY Truck Bed liner. I picked this one over the others because it has a UV additives in it and you can tint it whatever color you want.

So far with 7 trips, including a Gates of Ladore trip they are holding up beautiful. I went with the dark grey and they aren't over heating and they have just enough traction that you won't slip, but you can still kneel on them.
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I started with Marine grade boards 4 years ago and originally SparVar'd them. First coat lasted 2 seasons. Second coat lasted 1 season.

This year, using the same boards, I lightly sanded and put on Monstaliner DIY Truck Bed liner. I picked this one over the others because it has a UV additives in it and you can tint it whatever color you want.

So far with 7 trips, including a Gates of Ladore trip they are holding up beautiful. I went with the dark grey and they aren't over heating and they have just enough traction that you won't slip, but you can still kneel on them.
Did you sand off all of the spar?
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Did you sand off all of the spar?
First time I refinished them, I did. Let me tell you how big of a pain that was.
When doing the truck bed liner the manufacturer said I didn't need to. I decided to do some mild sanding in hopes of the liner holding up longer.
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First time I refinished them, I did. Let me tell you how big of a pain that was.
When doing the truck bed liner the manufacturer said I didn't need to. I decided to do some mild sanding in hopes of the liner holding up longer.
Did you spray or roll on the liner? Thinking about going that rout now!
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I used Valspar Patio Paint. It's designed to stick to concrete but sticks to plywood too. $25 a gallon at Lowes. It has grippy particles in it that act as non-slip. Cheap and effective, I chose white, you can get any color you want. It doesn't come off and you will not slip on it.
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