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Penetrol and Epiphanes

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George Emmanuel
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Penetrol and Epiphanes

Post by George Emmanuel » Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:14 pm

Has anyone ever mixed Penetrol with Epiphanes?---Results? I've used it with other varnishes and liked the results. Just curious about Epiphanes.

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Re: Penetrol and Epiphanes

Post by Doug P » Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:18 pm

Never thought of it, but looks like a good method. What varnishes have you used it with and what %.
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Re: Penetrol and Epiphanes

Post by jim g » Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:49 am

Been doing it for 20 years. Works great with the clear gloss and okay with the one for teak that you don't have to sand between coats.

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Re: Penetrol and Epiphanes

Post by George Emmanuel » Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:17 am

Doug,

Years ago I used Valspar and added Penetrol. I only go a max of about 10%. Here in Florida it really helps when it is hot. Periodically I'd add a little more if the vanish seemed to start tacking a little faster.

I learned about Penetrol back in the early 1960's. Freddie Richmond owned a Trumpy houseboat and had a Bahamian fellow named Rufus who maintained the boat. One day I was at the marina where my dad kept our Sea Skiff and Rufus was laying on varnish and it flowed like velvet. I asked how he got the varnish to flow out like it did and his response, Oh man, you got to use Penetrol!

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Re: Penetrol and Epiphanes

Post by jfrprops » Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:02 pm

very interesting post....never considered it....and I refuse to use anything but Epi......thanks for the info.

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Re: Penetrol and Epiphanes

Post by Ollon » Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:54 pm

My Dad always used it with Valpar back in the day and now I use it with Epiphanes. I also use it to remove chalk and bring color back to old colored gel coat. I apply it with a scotch brite pad and let it sit a couple days. Then wash and buff it out with 3M.

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Re: Penetrol and Epiphanes

Post by jfrprops » Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:32 pm

keep posting on this interesting subject....like to hear other experiences. Penetrol is good stuff used correctly.

I quit using Penetrol after a bad experience when spraying a metal roof with red oil based roof paint....turned out splotchy....bad.
What happened I think was I failed to mix it thoroughly on a couple of reloads of the spray gun....came out looking like camo.

Feel certain it was my prep not the product.

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Re: Penetrol and Epiphanes

Post by tkhersom » Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:05 am

Interesting subject!

I have never used Penetrol. May try it with my Flagship, even though it seems to flow like glass already.
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Re: Penetrol and Epiphanes

Post by jfrprops » Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:30 am

whew! what a relief...you are back in varnish mode....I thought the Tupperware had grabbed ya.

John in Va.
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Re: Penetrol and Epiphanes

Post by quitchabitchin » Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:44 pm

Troy can never get all of the wood out of his veins. I think he's 50/50 with wood/fiberglass ratio, but hasn't fully committed to the dark side yet.
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Re: Penetrol and Epiphanes

Post by Doug P » Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:25 pm

[quote="quitchabitchin"]Troy can never get all of the wood out of his veins. I think he's 50/50 with wood/fiberglass ratio, but hasn't fully committed to the dark side yet.[/quote


Andy,


....he is also a closet viewer of Roamer posts :shock:

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