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  1. #1
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    Default Tufnol- OK to use without any paint/varnish/etc?

    I've made up a plinth for a turning block, using two layers of Tufnol epoxied together. To achieve the correct shape it was sanded all over to round off the edges.
    It's no longer got that shiny finish on it now- all quite matt.
    Is it still OK to use it in an exposed location (coachroof) without any kind of sealer or other coating?
    Moody 39- Deb 33- Wayfarer- Wanderer

  2. #2
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    Oct 2001
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    Micheldever, hants
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    Default Re: Tufnol- OK to use without any paint/varnish/etc?

    I have a big slab of tufnol that has stood outside in the elements for at least 4 years with no ill effects

  3. #3
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    Cumbria; U.K.
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    Default Re: Tufnol- OK to use without any paint/varnish/etc?

    Barton make/ (made?) lots of fittings, blocks, winches etc. from Tufnol. Lasts for years.

  4. #4
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    Cowes
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    Default Re: Tufnol- OK to use without any paint/varnish/etc?

    I have some very old tufnol blocks, big ones holding up the boom etc, I completely leave them alone and they are fine, any coating could not make them better, but it might have some dodgy chemical reaction if you are unlucky..so I say, leave well alone!
    "Now shall the gentleman haul and draw with the mariner"
    John Hawkins

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Tufnol- OK to use without any paint/varnish/etc?

    Be a bit careful with the breathing the dust, not good for you. Otherwise, as above, no coating needed.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Tufnol- OK to use without any paint/varnish/etc?

    If you want them shiney just give them a coat of varnish. Tufnol is virtually indestructible.

    Donald

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