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How often should one recoat britework?

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December 08, 2010 11:00PM

This is one of those "it depends" situations. If your brightwork stays covered most of the time and if you are not in a tropical or subtropical latitude, you may go a couple of years. If you are in an open slip on the Gulf Coast or the tropics, you may need to recoat every few months. You want to avoid letting the varnish fail, which will call for wooding down. If the finish is noticeably dulling, it's past time. If you lay up annually, 2-3 fresh coats in the spring is a good idea. Also, stay ahead of minor dings or scratches ASAP - before the wood darkens - with a spot touch up, several coats to seal the wound.