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    Posted: 27 October 2016 at 06:35
OK I have a prop for the Waterbug, wooden.
It's in good shape no splits, or peeling made out of laminated wood.
Currently it has some Kind of "Varnish" on it and looks worn .
I want to recoat it and paint it, camo.
What is better?

Plan A:
sand and seal.
Brush on a Good implement enamel for the camo colors.
Then some several coats of Polyurethane.
Or is "spar" varnish a better choice for a finish?
Is there something even better?
I'll be running it on water in the summer and snow/ice in the winter

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D;

That's one for a prop expert. You want to do nothing that
would affect the balance of the thing though. One blade
heavier than t'other at full speed, and I confidently
predict that nuthin' good is gonna happen.

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CORRECT !!!
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Well it's got a lacquer finish.

 Either strip and re-apply or strip and marine varnish.  ICI/Dulux

Notice the paint never entered the equation. If you absolutely have to paint it, do it over the varnish and touch up as needed. Be careful with the weight. An extra gram here or there makes a huge difference. I'ld opt for a nice vinyl wrap, spray on clear-coat,(several coatings), buff and de-gloss. The vinyl would be more consistent for balance. Regardless, you still have to varnish it first. Sanding is never your friend with removing varnish. Should only be done to knock down dust in coats and rough spots or runs. Drawing the grain out is OK in most projects, probably not a good thing for your dynamics and balance.
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OK
Paint a solid dull gray maybe
After the Polly.
Is Spar varnish a better base ???
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I'd not strip nor sand. This will just dissolve and
factory (proper) finish that remains at the
surface...and will remove weight/balance.

I'd coat...thin... over what is there after a good soap
and water cleaning (get the oil off). then IF you want
coat with a thin (air brush) automotive finish. Smooth
is everything...no orange peel nor slump/sag.

Mono neutral color will be fine; think of a piece of
drift wood/log.
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