In praise of…. International Woodskin 

For the last couple of seasons Karisma’s brightwork had been looking pretty shabby, with the varnish on the teak around the companionway peeling, and the coach roof grab-handles faded to a dirty grey. With the fine weather this week, and while it’s still warm, I figured I would do something about it before it takes a real battering and water soaks into all the wood this winter. I’d put it off for ages because I feared a real job of work, but a £5 bladed paint/varnish scraper from B&Q made quick work of all the old varnishes and tired patina, and a coating of International Woodskin– a sort of hybrid varnish and oil, which I have been told is long-lasting- provided a beautiful finish. Two more coats to go, but I’m pretty pleased with today’s results:



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