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Offline 802livin

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Stain/poly/varnish Heritage Laker Tip Ups or not
« on: Nov 22, 2022, 10:46 AM »
Over the last 4 years I have gotten back into ice fishing and have been upgrading my equipment a little each year. I have been using my fathers 40+ year old basic tip ups which have gotten the job done but figured I would invest in some Heritage Laker traps that I will own the rest of my life and maybe be able to pass down to my kids. After searching CL and FB I was able to track down a lot of 12 for a great price (hard for me to pay $40+ each for brand new). I went with these because I am a fan of this style trap, their build quality and the availability of parts if something were to break or need replacement.

Now that I have them I have been debating.....

Leave them as bare wood?
Put a coat of stain on them?
Put a couple coats of Poly on them?
Should I use Spar vanish or just plain minwax poly?

For the ones who do put a finish on them, how often do you reapply if ever?

Thanks!

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Re: Stain/poly/varnish Heritage Laker Tip Ups or not
« Reply #1 on: Nov 23, 2022, 12:29 PM »
I use nothing but a high quality oil based polyurethane for my beaver dams and my heritage Lakers atleast 2 light coats on the beavers and 3 light coats on the lakers.Then seasonally I put a good minwax polish to them. Where I fish we have a higher salinity in our lakes which means that exposed wood gets damaged more when it absorbs into the wood, I also took apart where they cold be and taped the parts that couldn't be.
I have replaced all the older spools with the news plastic spools, the heritage lakes are all over 40 years old now and I personally think they are the best tip ups ever made. Other then the self setting tip ups I also have those are they cats meow when fishing for eyeballs in 20+ feet of water.

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Re: Stain/poly/varnish Heritage Laker Tip Ups or not
« Reply #3 on: Nov 23, 2022, 02:20 PM »
I've used oil-based Marine Spar Varnish.

https://www.grainger.com/product/2GXD9?gucid=N:N:PS:Paid:GGL:CSM-2295:4P7A1P:20501231&gclid=CjwKCAiApvebBhAvEiwAe7mHSIOJ9LPtM4ATS5ap0QNL4tAmdA2NQTVtDulxTeiCi7mkDCRDQrypARoCbEcQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Very nice  you could get away with one coat with this type of varnish, will have to remember this stuff next time i need a good varnish.

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Re: Stain/poly/varnish Heritage Laker Tip Ups or not
« Reply #4 on: Nov 23, 2022, 03:04 PM »
Used it on outdoor /wet wood before. Pretty tough stuff! (Well duh, if it's used on boats and canoes...)  ::)
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Re: Stain/poly/varnish Heritage Laker Tip Ups or not
« Reply #5 on: Nov 23, 2022, 03:42 PM »
They aren’t collectors items, do what you want.

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Re: Stain/poly/varnish Heritage Laker Tip Ups or not
« Reply #6 on: Nov 23, 2022, 03:54 PM »
MinWax water based poly, two coats.  That will protect the wood until your grandson passes them down...
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Re: Stain/poly/varnish Heritage Laker Tip Ups or not
« Reply #7 on: Nov 23, 2022, 05:16 PM »
MinWax water based poly, two coats.  That will protect the wood until your grandson passes them down...
I tried the water base poly but it ended up flaking off, and yes I sanded them down before and during coat applications. I read on other sites on wood working that water base more suitable for indoors application or wood that does not get wet on a continuous basis. Anyways water based didn’t work for me

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Re: Stain/poly/varnish Heritage Laker Tip Ups or not
« Reply #8 on: Nov 23, 2022, 06:09 PM »
Not in water it won't. Water doesn't repel water.
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Re: Stain/poly/varnish Heritage Laker Tip Ups or not
« Reply #9 on: Nov 24, 2022, 06:52 AM »
My Heritage Laker Tip-Ups are now over 30 years old with lots of hard use and they look to have another 30 years easy. Some day I might even varnish them if I ever see a need to. Actually, I would stain them with a good deck stain as it will never peel and need to be removed before you added a new coat.

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Re: Stain/poly/varnish Heritage Laker Tip Ups or not
« Reply #10 on: Nov 24, 2022, 07:28 AM »
I personalized mine, mainly for visibility...



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