New Member ..These forums are great ...
Hello all, I've been interest in woodworking for years but only in personal research/application projects. Bookcases, birdcage stands, motorcycle chock, toy bow, ect. A few things I'm very proud of, and many that turned out "usable" And I've always enjoyed it, even the goofs and failures because thinking of a new approach or learned a technique was fun and satisfying.
A project I'm working on now led me to this forum and there is very few internet pages devoted to an application I need. I'm re-decking a folding utility trailer with 3/4" Birch. Wanted marine grade but the cost was prohibited and the trailer is folded up in the garage 99.9% of the time anyway.
Main use is to haul a motorcycle and I've decided to go with Spar Varnish. Used polyurethane on the previous 1/2" decking and it was OK but didn't like the idea of having to sand/strip the entire old finish off to avoid "layering marks". I've read retouching worn spots with a lacquer finish blends in very good but haven't experimented with this. But the durability in the hot sun (Texas here) could be better.
I'm curious if anyone here has tried creating a anti-slip finish with varnish. So far I've found techniques using crushed walnut shells and salt. The salt application was intriguing, as the salt is added after the last coat dries and rinsed out after drying.Guessing the salt leaves minuscule pits with sharp edges, perhaps leaving a "etched" appearance. But I don't know, any advise would be greatly appreciated.