Everything you need to know about varnishing your boat


Is it easier to varnish bare or previously varnished wood?

Either is straightforward, but be careful with old or poorly applied varnish. Teak has excellent properties, making it perfect for the marine environment, but its high oil/resin content makes it tricky to varnish successfully.


What is the best varnish type for me?

There are two types to consider: one-pack traditional oil/alkyd based systems and one- or two-pack polyurethane based systems. The choice depends on the wood type, what it has previously been varnished with and performance expectations, including durability, water resistance and ease of use.


Is there a trick to get a perfect finish?

As always, the key to the best-looking, longest-lasting varnish is mainly in the preparation. Berthon advises spending as much time as possible preparing the surface and then applying the right product, using the right technique, in the right conditions.


Call our in-house paint expert, Heather Morton, for advice and an estimate on +44 (0)1590 647445

Berthon boat varnish summer

Your brightwork could look as lovely as this Fife 8m, varnished at Berthon.
Why wait for a slot when you are free and the sun is shining? Berthon’s team can make your brightwork shine, so you can enjoy sea time.