varnish and paint


I would like to varnish the entire boat and paint several images, stripes, etc using brightside white urethane paint.

Can I varnish the entire boat and paint directly over the varnish, or do I need to mask the area that I am going to paint and not apply any varnish to this area, or do I need to varnish, sand, mask then paint, or other method???


Best Regards, 

Ready to finish the project



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RE: varnish and paint

I've seen several approaches put forward on this topic.  My boat has a stripe along the sheer line, across all the seams and along the bottom/side edge; everything else is varnish.  I chose to paint my stripes, taping off as necessary, and then varnish the entire boat (over paint and all). 

I used Brightsides green (can't recall the name of the green), and the only affect the varnish had was to add a golden hue to the color of the green (which, in my mind, looked better than the original color!).

I think the decision should be which way is most efficient for your time and effort invested.

Good luck; hope you can post some pics of the finished product,


Chese 17LT

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