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ronseal wood varnish is white??

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by booner, 29 Jan 2020.

  1. booner

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    maybe im getting old, but when i use to open a tin of wood varnish, it resembled a tin of syrup,this stuff is like thick milk, its going on ok, but much much harder to brush out,takes 3 times longer to do anything,brush can be cleaned with soapy water??? no doubt its in the name of progress but im not in love with it, thank you
     
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  3. booner

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    in fact, its not going on well at all, its leaving the wood a pasty white in places, 17 quid for that sh8te
     
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    I expect your varnish is water-based. It goes on milky but dries clear.

    Did you stir it well?

    The first coat can probably be thinned a bit, in a jar.
     
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    cheers, yes well stirred, its going on previously "varnished" skirting, lightly sanded and wiped clean, first coat seems to have sucked right into the wood, not shiny at all, i shall persist, was hoping two coats would do it but not overly hopeful!!
     
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    It's water based and it's total rubbish as is all water based paint. I only use Ronseal outdoor varnish these days for indoor and out door work. It is marked as clear on the tin but it isn't, it does have a slight tinge. If I want really clear clear varnish that is also oil based I use Wilkonson's outdoor varnish or Wilko's yacht varnish both of which are clear.
     
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    cheers Pete50, have to agree, it did dry out ok, but 3 coats later and im still contemplating another, maybe the skirting timber is too grainy, allowing this stuff to suck in in places, itll have to do!!
     
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