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 Post subject: Spar Varnesh + graphite powder
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:44 am 
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2 coats spar varnish, 3 final coats mixed with graphite powder... the idea is to reduce the "scissor stick-tion" that happens with my board. Graphite is a dry lubricant and its cheap. It cured up well we'll see how long it lasts. Heading out this week end to test it out.


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 Post subject: Re: Spar Varnesh + graphite powder
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:23 am 
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Sanding the varathene finish will make it smooth and fast. Graphite / Carbon will not bond to anything, not sure how it will cure. Let us know how it worked.

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 Post subject: Re: Spar Varnesh + graphite powder
PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:47 pm 
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Yeah, sanded between coats (12 hrs in between), the three graphite mix coats appear to be sticking. I wouldn't be surprised if they wear real quick. I'll see on the two day tour tomorrow if this is even worth considering.
I saw something similar on a west systems video with epoxy, via Barrows. Didn't have the epoxy so i went with what i had (varathane) and graphite powder at the hardware store for $5.
Epoxy with graphite is probably the way to go but....


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 Post subject: Re: Spar Varnesh + graphite powder
PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:01 am 
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I don't think the graphite is bonded, more like suspended. Did a long tour and camp fri-sat and the mix held up fine (so far), it looks cool to, semi transparent/jet black. Not sure if the graphite is an actual benefit? But it didn't keep the varathane from curing. :twocents:


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