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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:57 am    Post subject: varnish Reply with quote

Tony Bingelis and EAA Wood are great resources on this. The single part hardware store varnishes may not be compatible with the covering process you choose later, so they may be fine for non-critical areas, but may separate in areas where they interact with fabric cement later. The use of a two part epoxy in those areas, that is proven to work with the fabric cement would be best practice.


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1. 08:39 AM - Re: Re: Ragwing Ultra-Piet (Dale Johnson)
2. 09:08 AM - Re: Ragwing Ultra-Piet (taildrags)

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Time: 08:39:50 AM PST US
From: Dale Johnson <ddjohn1936(at)>
Subject: Re: Re: Ragwing Ultra-Piet

Use Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane. It gives good UV protection.

That is what I use.


On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 6:28 PM, cdlwingnut <lee_chad(at)> wrote:

> I have my tail feathers almost done and am thinking i should varnish them
> now so they are protected while i continue building, what varnish should i
> use will the minwax from menards work or is there a brand that works the
> best?
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Time: 09:08:56 AM PST US
Subject: Re: Ragwing Ultra-Piet
From: "taildrags" <taildrags(at)>

I hope the MinWax varnish works OK... it's what I used on the wood repairs that
I've done on my Piet over the years. However, I'm not an experienced woodworker
and there are people on this list with far more experience with varnish and
finishes. I believe you'll want to leave the varnish off of wood surfaces that
you'll be adhering fabric to, although some of the covering materials may
be compatible with some of the varnishes. I would leave the wood bare where fabric
gets glued on if it were me.

Oscar Zuniga
Medford, OR
Air Camper NX41CC &quot;Scout&quot;
A75 power, 72x36 Culver prop

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