Super shiny schooner
I’ve always loved looking at pictures of the beautiful shiny wood surfaces of Canada’s favourite schooner, the Bluenose II. So I was delighted to sit down recently with Ralph Swan, a product specialist with Minwax who’s worked with the crew of the iconic boat, to learn how that glorious finish is maintained, despite constant exposure to salt water and harsh sunlight. Wood elements of the schooner’s deck and mast are finished with Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane, which has UV blockers to protect against fading by sunlight, and which forms a protective barrier against water. Oils in the product allow the finish to expand and contract with the wood as seasons and temperatures change. Ralph pointed out that if Helmsman is tough enough to withstand what the Atlantic Ocean can throw at the Bluenose, it can probably do the job for your outdoor wood furniture, planters, exterior doors, and window frames. To celebrate its collaboration with the Bluenose, Minwax is sponsoring a great contest in which you can win a trip for two to Lunenburg to sail on the famous schooner. Look for ballots at your local home improvement retailer. PSST. Need a quick and affordable staycation from household chores? Click on Ralph's name to find out about the lovely B&B he and his wife Gail run in Ayr. If you go, check out the beautiful wood furniture and nab some tips from Ralph - he's a genius with wood!