Tips from A Shipwright: How to Measure & Cut a Bootstripe

Lou has some brilliant advice for how to get a new waterline stricken on a wooden boat. With some ingenious use of wood strips, a ruler and a saw, Lou is able to create a waterline on this wooden boat that will withstand the test of many coats of topside and boot stripe paint.

Another trick he employs once he has the waterline etched, is the protect the wooden planking of the stripped waterline stripe area with TotalBoat’s Penetrating Epoxy. This clear epoxy is thin and penetrates into the bare wood to protect it from years of saltwater abuse and potential rot. It’s a great solution to protecting and sealing bare wood and is a great application anytime you have stripped paint down to the bare grain. If Lou uses it, you can feel good knowing he understands the importance of adding this layer of protection. Enjoy!


Tips From A Shipwright: Using Penetrating Epoxy

From our Tips from a Shipwright series, Lou refinishes the seat of an Old Town yacht tender. The previous varnish job didn’t hold up as well as he had hoped. Lou explains a different system of sealing the first wood with a Penetrating Epoxy prior to the varnish.

Using the Penetrating Epoxy as the first layer will help to seal the checks in the wood and fill the grain to really sink into the bare wood and seal it nicely. Adding some denatured alcohol will also help with the application as it thins it nicely to assist with flow.

Adding a few coats of the penetrating epoxy first, will give the varnish a nice finish to hold onto as opposed to expecting the varnish to seal that checked wood and be protective and UV resisitant. Lots of work for one product! Using TotalBoat Penetrating Epoxy as your first coat helps lengthen the lift of your varnish job and better protects your wood and your work!