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Z-Spar Captain's Varnish 1015, Gallon - Pettit Paint
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Z-Spar Captain's Varnish 1015, Pint - Pettit Paint
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Z-Spar Captain's Varnish 1015, Quart - Pettit Paint
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  • Recommended for the highest quality work
  • Outstanding gloss retention and all around durability.
  • Contains UV absorbers for long-term gloss retention.

High solids marine varnish recommended for the highest quality work. Outstanding gloss retention and durability. Contains Ultra-violet Absorbers and filters. The largest selling varnish in the USA. Use Thinner 120.

General Description
Considered the traditional standard in the marine industry, this varnish is highly regarded for its reliable service, versatile application and tough yet flexible durability. It is blended with phenolic and alkyd resins and tung and linseed oils for excellent performance. It's warm, light amber hue will enhance the rich, classic brightwork appearance.

Captains Varnish - Pettit Paint

Product Information
Product Type Exterior Varnish
Key Attributes •2019 EZ Wood Sealer
•120 Brushing Thinner
•121 Spray Thinner
•7665 Dark Mahogany Paste Filler Stain
Gloss Level High Gloss
Coverage 585 sq.ft/gal
Technical Data
Technology & Formulation Phenolic/Alkyd
Substrates Wood (For more specific instructions per substrate, please refer to the product data sheet provided below.)
Thinner Brushing Thinner 120, Spray Thinner 121
Mixing of Product For roll and tip application, thin 5-10% with 120 Brushing Thinnerto help maintain wet edge. For spray application, thin 15-20% with 121 Spray Thinner
Method Brush or Spray
Application Temperature 40°F - 90°F
Number of Coats Bare Wood: 4 Minimum
Existing Varnish: 2 Minimum
Recoating Information DRY TIME(HOURS): Set-to-touch / Tack Free / Dry Hard
90F: 1 - 3 hrs. / 3 - 5 hrs / 8 - 12 hrs
70F: 2 - 4 hrs. / 5 - 7 hrs / 12 - 20 hrs
50F: 4 - 8 hrs. / 12 - 16 hrs / 24 - 48 hrs (Must be sanded between coats)
Repaint Information If existing paint is well adhered: Clean and Sand. Old paint that is not firmly adhered to the substrate will have to be removed.

Associated Products From Pettit Paint:
  • Traditional warm, amber color
  • Provides outstanding gloss retention
  • Extra U.V. protection
  • Extremely durable finish
Captains Varnish Product Data Sheet PDF
MSDS for Captains Varnish*
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1015 Captain's Varnish - Excellent product, easy to work with, holds up great.
by John from Port Orange, Florida on March 22, 2017
Used product to varnish a decorative teak mast after full removal of old varnish coats. This was a complete repeat of strip and varnish job from 15 years ago when I did the same, using 1015 Captain's Varnish. The varnish held up well over that long stretch of years with only a once and sometimes twice yearly light sanding and added coat of varnish. Original chemical strip/sand/varnish was completed with about 10 coats, applied and smoothed out with a quality china bristle brush. After about 10 years, the quality of the varnish finish was deteriorating from re-coating under challenging conditions and I skipped a year now and again too. After 15 years, the build up just began to break, blister, and flake. The teak was fully exposed to intense sun and freezing weather along the northern SC coast the entire time. U/V resistance by this varnish was excellent. For those reasons, it was an easy decision to choose Captain's Varnish 1015 again. This time stripping was done using a heat gun, followed by sanding to a 220 finish. First two coats were 50/50 with Pettit brushing thinner, sanded between coats. Then 8 more coats at full strength, applied via foam roller and smoothed out using a good foam pad brush. All coats allowed to dry one to three days between application and sanding/re-coating. I am looking forward to another 10+ years of service from Captain's Varnish 1015. My boat is now located in sunny Daytona Beach, FL. John S.
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Not just for boats !!
by Don or Maurice from Waxahachie, Texas on June 27, 2016
I have built two wooden dashboards in the past...a 1918 Oldsmobile touring car and a 1958 King Midget (roadster) and used this varnish on both. I customized the King Midget like a "woody" station wagon, and also used the varnish for all of the that wood. I am now building a mahogany dash for a 1953 MG TD replicar. I only trust the Z-Spar Captain's Varnish because the wood on these cars will be exposed to the hot sun, the same as a boat. I also did the wooden spoke wheels for the '18 Oldsmobile with this varnish. I took the King Midget to fourteen car shows and came home with thirteen trophies. I'm sure the finish on the wooden parts had to play a role in the judges decisions in winning these trophies. .
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Captain's varnish performs well and looks great
by Catherine from Jarratt, Virginia on April 21, 2017
I've used Captain's varnish on my exterior and interior teak on my 26 ft sailboat since I bought it 6 years ago. Varnishing is a bit of work, so knowing that this product will apply easily, look great and last make it worth it. I usually apply several coats to my exterior teak once or twice a year. And it continues to look great. I haven't applied any additional coats to the interior since I originally refinished it and all the wood looks as good as the day it was first done. I've used Cetol on the teak on my first boat, which you can't beat for ease of application. But varnish can be worth the extra effort, with its durable yet beautiful finish.
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by Herbert from San Carlos, California on September 21, 2016
I have been using Captain's varnish for over 20 years and will continue to do so. What really impressed me about this procurement was the low price, no tax, free delivery, and fast delivery. Great company.
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I have always had good luck with Z-Spar
by James from Modesto, California on June 07, 2016
I have always had good luck using Z-Spar. Brushes out really well, looks good and holds up well.
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Not just for boats
by Karen from Mentor, Ohio on August 03, 2013
So, I did not buy this for a boat. I bought an amazing Amish-built Adirondack glider that was not cheap. I had the glider for maybe 2 weeks and it started to get moldy from the morning dew and the light rain we had. So I had to wash, bleach and re-sand the entire chair. To prevent this occurring again it was recommended I try a boat product. I could have used polyurethane but I was not certain how well it would hold up in outside weather. The Captain's Varnish has weather-sealed the wood. It bought out a natural and darker coloring to the cypress wood which makes the Adirondack glider look great. I would definitely buy this again.
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