All Epifanes products offer outstanding ease of application, flow, durability and gloss retention. For more than a century, Epifanes Paints and Varnishes have combined proven paint tradition with state of the art paint technology. This unique combination provides a comprehensive range of quality marine paints and varnishes, the flagship being the world famous Epifanes Traditional Gloss Varnish, widely acclaimed as the finest of all varnishes.
Epifanes yacht coatings are considered the coating of choice among the professional working yachts. Sold in more than 40 countries on all continents, few companies have ever been in a position to contribute so much to the manufacture of their products. Epifanes' chemists and expert paint-makers dedicate themselves to the further development of this craft. Their integrity, craftsmanship and vast knowledge of paint technology guarantees products made to the highest possible standard. Since the early years, W. Heeren en Zoon's emphasis has been on manufacturing and developing the finest marine coatings possible, transcended into Epifane products today.
Epifanes Varnishes and Clear Finishes
World Famous, highest quality marine spar varnish. Manufactured with tung oil, U.V. filters, phenol and alkyd resins for superior protection.
Rubbed Effect Varnish
Gives a rich hand-rubbed look for beautiful interior protection.
Wood Finish Gloss
High build, hard varnish like finish without sanding between coats. High gloss beauty with outstanding U.V. protection for Teak and other oily hardwoods.
For long term protection and enhancement of all marine and household woods. Interior and exterior wood about the waterline. Rapidcoat can be used for renewing weathered areas, as a stain prior to a varnish system or as a full system for those requiring the absolute best in a quick and easy satin finish with maximum durability, U.V. protection and longevity. Three coats in 18 hours.
Wood Finish Matte
A finish coat over Wood Finish Gloss. Beautiful, satin sheen with U.V. protection for exterior or interior use.
Extraordinary hardness and a deep clear gloss with built in U.V. protection for extended freedom from maintenance. Package includes base & reactor. Thinning with Polyurethane Thinner For Brush or Polyurethane Thinner For Spray is required for application.
Polyurethane Clear Satin
Produces the extra hardness and durability of a two-part aliphatic urethane based formulation with a subtle satin finish. For all interior wood. Excellent for use on cabin soles or salon tables. Package includes base and reactor. Thinning with Polyurethane Thinner For Brush or Polyurethane Thinner For Spray is required for application.
Epifanes Polyurethane Topside Finishes
Two-part polyester saturated, aliphatic urethane coatings formulated for maximum resin depth and hardness with a long lasting mirror like gloss. For brush, roller or spray application. Package includes base & reactor. Thinning with Polyurethane Thinner For Brush or Polyurethane Thinner For Spray is required for application.
Single Component Topside Finishes
The mirror-like gloss, color retention and intensity of this enamel surpasses the traditional. Its longevity, surface hardness and flexibility proves it is the ultimate finish for wood, fiberglass, steel and aluminum.
Years of testing and on-vessel experience have proven this unique finish to be the most advanced, highly engineered single-part formulation, based on urethane-alkyd resins, available. It gives incredibly hard urethane abrasion and chemical resistance with outstanding gloss, durability, color retention and U.V. protection. May be brushed or rolled with the ease of an enamel.
The finest, most sophisticated resin has been used to produce a paint that is non-yellowing, gives excellent flow, minimal dirt retention and long-lasting gloss. A degree of gloss is activated by exposure to U.V.!
Gives luster instead of gloss. Perfect for cabin interiors or any area where a satin effect is desired. Use as a finish coat over Yacht Enamel for the ultimate in subtle elegance.
Non-Skid Deck Coating
Exceptionally strong, urethane-alkyd based, single part deck coating. Pre-mixed with polypropylene beads. Two coats rolled, will render textured surface for long-lasting non-skid protection.
Primer Systems for Polyurethane
Two-part primer with excellent adhesion and filling properties. May be used above or below the waterline. Provides a hard, strong base for the application of EPIFANES Polyurethane Coatings.
A two-part adhesion primer designed to cover bare fiberglass or epoxy systems when top coating with a one or two-part product. For use above or below the waterline.
Two-part filler for fairing the substrate of fiberglass, steel or aluminum prior to the application of EPIFANES two-part paint systems.
Fiberglass Prep Cleaner
A cleaning solvent for bare fiberglass and gelcoat.
Single Part Primer Systems
Werdol Wood Primer
Gives excellent adhesion and filling to bare wood. Fills and sands well.
Provides optimum adhesion to fiberglass or gelcoat surfaces.
This multi purpose primer applied over one-part paints or anticorrosive systems ensures maximum adhesion for subsequent one-part finishes.
A quick drying two-part filler for use on one & two-part systems or directly on bare fiberglass above the waterline.
Thinners and Additives
Brush Thinner For Paint & Varnish
A pure white spirit for thinning all EPIFANES one-part paints and varnishes.
Spray Thinner For Paint & Varnish
A fast evaporating solvent for spray applications with all EPIFANES one-part paints and varnishes.
Solvent required for brush or spray applications of EPIFANES Epoxy Primer and EPIFANES Interim Coat.
Pre-measured package for adding to 750 gr. EPIFANES Polyurethane or 750 ml. EPIFANES Monourethane.
Accelerator For Paint & Varnish
A special resin based additive which speeds the curing process of EPIFANES one-part paints and varnishes. This will not effect application of the finish. Not to be used with EPIFANES Monourethane or EPIFANES Nautiforte.
Retarder For Paint & Varnish
A highly refined oil additive formulated to extend the wet edge and flowing time of EPIFANES one-part paints and varnishes. Not to be used with EPIFANES Monourethane or EPIFANES Nautiforte.
Highest quality, traditional European styled brushes. Hand set and chiseled pure Chinese bristle. Each hair is split to produce optimum softness. Old world quality for those who demand the best working tools.
A Dutch tradition. Using a turning motion while cutting an edge always gives even flow of product. The volume of bristle gives great holding capacity. The chiseled shape ensures accurate paint spread.
This oval shaped brush has the advantages of the round style and is used primarily for varnish applications.
Elliptical, similar to a flat brush but with rounded edges. Ideal for paint or varnish application.
Before sanding, be sure the surface is clean and well degreased. Most dirt can be removed with water and ammonia.
Surfaces to be degreased:
Existing paint layers - Epifanes Spraythinner for P & V
Bare wood - Epifanes Spraythinner for P & V
Tropical bare wood - Epifanes Spraythinner for P & V
Bare steel - Epifanes Epoxythinner
Aluminum - Epifanes Spraythinner for P & V
Fiberglass - Epifanes Fiberglass Prep.Cleaner
Sanding & Adhesion:
Thorough sanding is required to ensure optimum adhesion between coats and to create a smooth undercoat. Unless instructed differently, sand every coat of finish before applying a new coat. Each surface requires a particular type and grit of sandpaper. Bare surfaces, primers, undercoats and fillers need to be dry sanded in order to avoid the intake of moisture. Sanding between topcoats can best be executed with a fine grit wet sandpaper and water. One should avoid visible sanding scratches in the topcoat. When (dry) sanding, we recommend wearing an appropriate dust mask to avoid breathing fine dust particles. When sanding products containing lead or chromate, it is imperative that one wears an appropriate breathing apparatus. The recommended type of sandpaper and grit are determined in each system.
An important consideration when (re) painting existing, unknown surfaces, is the choice of the correct product. In general, when a surface has been previously painted there are two possibilities. Either a one-component paint system or a two-component paint system has been applied. By placing a cloth saturated with EPIFANES Fiberglass Prep Cleaner on the surface to be painted for 15 minutes, the difference will become evident. If the Fiberglass Prep Cleaner reacts as a paint remover and begins to wrinkle the paint, it is a one-component paint. If the paint remains intact, you are most definitely dealing with a two-component paint product. In principle, a one-component paint may be applied onto a well cleaned and sanded (320 grit wet or dry abrasive paper) two-component paint coat. The bond is acquired mechanically by roughing the surface. A two- component product however, may not be applied over a one-component paint coat, as the solvents of the two-component product will react as a paint remover on the one-component coat.
Surface Preparation and Painting:
Make sure that the application and the drying of paint surfaces is performed in well-ventilated areas and obey all safety precautions.
Avoid contact with skin and eyes.
When ventilation is limited, wear an appropriate breathing apparatus in order to avoid breathing solvent fumes.
Make sure that the surface is dry and free of all dirt, wax, oil, rust, dust and other contaminates.
Use only appropriate, clean and dry tools.
Use clean, longhaired, soft bristle brushes of good quality. Preferably EPIFANES brushes.
When applying two-component products, use only paint rollers that are resistant to the (aggressive) solvents in these paints, like nylon or sheepskin.
For the application of one-component paints use foam rollers.
For the application of varnish, we recommend very fine (1/8" nap) foam rollers or lint free mohair rollers.
Only work in dry, draft free and dust free surroundings.
Do not paint in direct sunlight or under humid conditions.
Be aware of condensation following the application of paint. Moisture can settle into the wet film causing the paint to lose its gloss. In particular, two-component paints are susceptible to this problem.
When applying one-component products, the minimum application and surface temperature should be no less than 40 F. (5 C). Two- component products should not be applied in temperatures under 50- 55 F. (10-12 C).
During application, the relative humidity should not exceed 85%. When applying two-component products, a maximum humidity level of 70% should be observed. Application of paint in conditions above or below these levels may have repercussions on the drying and hardening qualities of the product.
The minimum temperature of the object to be painted should be 5 F. (3 C.) above the point of condensation.
Before painting, ensure that the surface is dry.
When painting overhead on cold (er) days, be aware of condensation from your breath on the cold surface.
Avoid applying too heavy a film thickness, causing drying problems and wrinkling. It is often better to apply two thin coats than one thick coat.
Distribute the paint evenly.
Do not thin more than necessary. Too much thinning causes sags and insufficient film thickness. A thin coating provides only limited protection that can lead to rapid loss of gloss. Too little thinning may influence the flow. Only use the recommended thinners. Avoid the use of other additives. The thinning percentage depends on the temperature of the paint and the surrounding conditions. The recommended percentages are only guidelines.
In order to avoid possible color differences, always use paints with the identical batch number, found on the bottom of each container.
Before painting, make sure the paint is mixed well. There may be deposits and/or pigments lying beneath the lip or on the sides and bottom of the container.
Try to avoid the intake of air into the paint by stirring too aggressively.
An important consideration when (re) painting existing, unknown surfaces is the choice of the correct product. In general, when a surface has been previously painted there are two possibilities. Either a one-component paint system or a two-component paint system has been applied. By placing a cloth saturated with EPIFANES Fiberglass Prep Cleaner on the surface to be painted for 15 minutes, the difference will become evident. If the Fiberglass Prep Cleaner reacts as a paint remover and begins to wrinkle the paint, it is a one-component paint. If the paint remains intact, you are most definitely dealing with a two-component paint product. In principle, a one-component paint may be applied onto a well-cleaned and sanded (320 grit wet or dry abrasive paper) two-component paint coat. The bond is acquired mechanically by roughing the surface. A two- component product however, may not be applied over a one-component paint coat, as the solvents of the two-component product will react as a paint remover on the one-component coat.
The paint does not dry thoroughly:
The temperature is too cool for good flow, there is not enough air circulation, or too thick a layer has been applied. Applying too thick a coat may entrap solvents in the paint. Drying problems can also occur by applying a one-component product directly onto a "too fresh" epoxy or fiberglass coat. The required amount of time for thorough drying depends on the amount of solvents remaining in the original coat. In some cases thorough drying may not occur at all. These coats must be removed.
The coat has developed wrinkles:
Wrinkling of paint coats can be caused by the application of too thick a layer (often on horizontal surfaces), applying a fresh coat on a surface not yet thoroughly dry or application in direct sunlight. The entrapped solvents may, in time, evaporate through the original layer of paint. If necessary, this can be encouraged by lightly sanding the wrinkled surface, letting air into the paint layer allowing it to dry. When the paint has dried, sand to a fresh surface and recoat.
Blisters form during application:
This is caused by application onto a hot surface or by moving the finished piece into direct sunlight right after application.
Blisters form after application:
This is generally caused by the expansion of moisture or entrapped solvent under the finish.
The paint refuses to flow in a continuous uniform coating. This is caused by the presence of water, grease, wax, silicones or other contamination on the surface, low temperature, or application of paint on a surface that has not been sanded or sanded insufficiently. In all cases remove the paint while still wet. Clean the surface with an appropriate cleaner and degreaser. Sand thoroughly. Recoat.
Pulling during application:
There is sometimes a pull as the paint is being applied when insufficient material is being carried in the brush or when the paint is too thick for ambient conditions. This is usually overcome by carrying more material in the brush or by further thinning of the paint.