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    Posted: 17 Aug 09 at 2:02pm

Im about to order some varnish as my carbon mast is quite flakey.

I was thinking international 'original'. Is there any others which are better? But most importantly how much of it (sold in 375ml or 750ml or 2.4l) will I need for my 300 mast?

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You Will need 2 pot varnish Tom, Originall varnish will just flake off and only last a few weeks, You could always buy car paint laquer from halfords, it last longer and can be sprayed on so it takes less time to dry etc.
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Iv tried the laquer and it looks poo. I spoke to mark henman (sails at sunderland) and he did his mast in a international one pot varnish 2years ago and it looks brand new.
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I used international goldspar (1 pot) on the top section of my b14 (composite) a few months ago and it still looks almost new, very shiny and made a big difference to the original white and flaky top section that i had before...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote winging it Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 09 at 10:34pm
Graham Scott from wavelength advised me to do mine with two pack.
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Hi Tom,

I also used International Goldspar on my carbon mast, three years ago, and the finish is still good, with no flaking.   I have since touched up a couple of scuffs (from capsizes/support boat contact) at the top of the mast and they have blended in nicely. I have had no problems with the product and would recommend it.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Medway Maniac Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 09 at 11:21pm
A clubmate rang Super Spars and asked what they recommeded, and was told not to varnish at all! They said that UV damage was only on the surface and had negligible effect on strength so that varnishing merely added another maintenance cycle.
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Can you just wax them instead?  That would make it nice and shiny, and possibly provide some UV protection (if needed) and would be easier to apply.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Medway Maniac Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Aug 09 at 9:08am
Someone on the forum once recommended stuff from Halfords intended to UV protect car plastic bits... Sounds easier than varnishing, and no peeling after a couple of years.
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I've used international one pot white paint before and it
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