Gun Deck Varnishing

Originally the finished gun deck was going to be left unvarnished but it was advised that a protective coat of varnish should be applied for two reasons. Firstly it would protect the wood from ultraviolet light, which over time would change its colour and secondly, if any adhesive dropped onto the deck it would be easier to remove.

The gun deck was completed over two years ago and it can be seen in Figure R1 that during the intervening period there has been a subtle change in wood color

Figure R1 - Subtle change in the colour of the planks
Figure R1 Subtle change in the color of the planks

After this fact had been learnt the model was covered in foil (Figure R2 ) until the gun deck had been varnished

Figure R2 - Model covered in foil to protect from light
Figure R2 Model covered in foil to protect from light

A 'Flat Matt Varnish' and a 1/4 inch (6 mm) flat brush (Figure R3) were used. Experiment on a test piece of planking to obtain a feel for how it should be done. Apply as little varnish as possible and work it into the direction of the planks as we have demonstrated in the video "Gun Deck Varnishing".

Figure R3 - 1/4 inch (6 mm) flat paint brush
Figure R3 1/4 inch (6mm) flat paint brush

Prior to varnishing the gun deck give the surface a brush with a dry paint brush to remove any particles or dust. Apply one coat of 'Flat Matt Varnish' painting one imaginary section at a time using the butts as a guide as shown in Figure R4 . We have avoided sanding the surface after the application, the reason being it was considered that the finish of the gun deck already appeared natural and sanding would spoil this.

Figure R4 - Imaginary strip between butts
Figure R4 Imaginary strip between butts.

It is emphasised that this author has never varnished a deck like this before, so discretion should be used regarding these guidance notes!

Lloyd Matthews – April 2015 ©

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