View Full Version : spar.... urethane or varnish???

04-02-2014, 08:23 PM
I have been using helmsman spar for years and need to get more the other day, and went to Lowes and the paint guy asked me if I was sure that was what I wanted. so I told him yes, and asked why? he said that Cabot Spar Varnish is cheaper and far more durable than the urethane . so now its got me thinking...


GooGoo Man
04-04-2014, 07:44 PM
Drawback is, it has a nasty stench that never goes away

04-04-2014, 08:17 PM
thanks for the response. if that's the case not good for sealing plugs.

thanks Rene

04-04-2014, 08:27 PM
If it were me I'd get the spar in satin in the quarts. More expensive but quarts don't have to be VOC compliant like the gallons do and not the same product IMO.

04-04-2014, 09:46 PM
If it aint broke don't fix it.

04-06-2014, 11:17 AM
If it aint broke don't fix it.

that was my thought. so I stood with my original purchace. I use Spar Urethane satin with mineral spirits I a half gal. pickle jar. been doing it like this for years , but when I was told that spar varnish was better I thought I ask.

thanks Rene

04-06-2014, 04:15 PM
I just dunked a few in Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane/mineral spirits today.

Thanks to all the advice on the forum.