Pettit Captain’s Varnish In A Spray Can, Yup! I Tried It


Like a French Impressionist painting.

First, don’t freak out, this isnt about Stinky and the Skunk. Yesterday afternoon, I wanted to put another coat of that varnish gold on the transom and kinda bake in the art work. It kinda sets it in and ages it. Anyway, I do like the finish coats to be Captains, but I was out, but I had bought this can a couple weeks ago to try it. And what the hell?

No brushes to clean, or rollers.. And for smaller jobs, this is a great solution

It flowed out great. Today I am gonna put on another two coats and then. DONE!

She is all together, just waiting on the crash pad

Dash is done, re wired and new correct gages installed. The Speedo is covering a large hole that was a crappy fuel gage. Padding and cushions are on there way as well

Comp of the crash pad, in White and are the cushions

Getting ready, the paddle is being moved around. One option is here, the other is inside the cockpit, and or just put it in the hatch below. I know, I know. Less is more.. But. It’s kinda fun layering in a history. 

Just hanging out listening to Leo Kottke, and Penguin Cafe. Hows that for a different style of tunes

And dang it. It went on like magic and perfect. No runs, orange peel, or anything. And it dries In 2 hrs. I wasnt sure if it would work, but it did. Has anyone else tried it?

17 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    That is good to know, but I have never been able to paint with a rattle can without runs. I may have to stay with old school roll and tip.
    I have always used Captain’s with nice results, but I have heard good things about Awlgrip varnish. I may give it a try on my next varnish job.
    Stinky is looking good!

  2. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Pettit Captains Varnish in a spray bomb? That is a new one on me. I’ll have to try it. Stinky is looking good.

  3. John Coffman
    John Coffman says:

    I’ve recently used the Captains spray can varnish on the bow and stern flag poles. The boat was done and I only had the poles to varnish. They are a pia to varnish with a brush anyway so I gave the rattle can a shot. No brush to clean. I was very happy with the results. Seems odd though shaking a can of varnish.

  4. Tuobanur
    Tuobanur says:

    After I finished building the steering wheel for Miss Dot (made it out of ash) I stained it black and sprayed it with the varnish, worked great.

  5. Randy
    Randy says:

    Have not heard about ‘spray-on’ varnish, but DEFINITELY going to give it a try for those awkward areas — and maybe for other areas as a quick ‘refresh’.

  6. Matt
    Matt says:

    I just put on the second coat today, total three coats. It had a slight orange peel, and then flowed out. Like magic. Love this stuff big time. Perfect for smaller jobs. Masking is a thing for sure.

  7. Royce Humphreys
    Royce Humphreys says:

    Looking great Matt! Can’t wait to see shots of her back in the water! I will be using the spray method to do my water skis and stern poles!

  8. tom
    tom says:

    Always wanted to try shooting varnish with a spray gun but with the thinning and cleanup , I figured it wasn’t worth it. The spray can looks interesting, wonder how it would work doing touch ups? Still can’t get over the gloss on that paint , looks great!

  9. Matt
    Matt says:

    Here is the final coat. So, it has about 7 coats of Amaricas Best Varnish, and three coats of Pettit Spray Can, This is untouched and how it flowed out. The black is part of the skunk so you can see the reflection of my camera


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