Epifanes clear marine spar varnish is renowned for its gloss finish and offers superior protection in all climates. Formulated with tung oil, phenolic and alkyd resins and U.V. filters for superior protection. It is an exceptional finish for wood or over traditional marine varnish clear urethane and clear epoxy resins systems.
Go for Two! Our new JD Epifanes Clear Gloss Kit (CVKIT) includes two 1000ml cans of varnish, 2 foam brushes, 2 paint strainers, 2 stir sticks, and 2 plastic paint pails. This is a great value. You save on the varnish and receive brushes, strainers, and pails for free!
Recommended Film Thickness: Per coat wet - 50 micron / Per coat dry - 30 micron
Application: Brush, roller, conventional air spray, HVLP
Temperatures should be between 50 degrees F and 85 degrees F for application,
with air humidity below 85 percent. Avoid varnishing in too much sun or wind,
a rapid loss of solvents will occur under these conditions and will decrease the flowing ability.
Epifanes Clear Gloss Varnish is compatible with most other types of one-component alkyd or urethane based varnishes and over two-component varnishes.
What's included in JD Epifanes Clear Gloss Kit (CVKIT)
2 containers of CV1000 (2000 ml of varnish)
2 foam brushes
2 stir sticks
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Questions & Answers about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:
2016-07-27A shopper asked: gloss clear or wood finish for teak?
2016-07-27BRUCE KAPLAN: Never used it on teak but did use it on Jatoba. A tropical wood that is also oily and very heavy. If the wood is overly oily it sometimes helps to wipe off the surface oil with acetone. Makes the surface easier tor the varnish to get a grip.
Bruce Kaplan, Ph.D. chemistry and lover of wood
2016-07-27DAVE MCCULLAGH: The clear "yellows" a bit. Never used the wood finish, nor have I treated teak. Good luck!
2016-06-17A shopper asked: can I get a satin finish instead of high gloss?
2016-06-17GARRET MOTT: Yes: Go to epihanes .com (remove the space) & look up clear finishes
2016-06-18Dan Gingras: Epiphanes has a PU SATIN varnish and also has a very nice rubbed effect varnish. Check out their complete line at epifanes com
2016-06-18THOMAS STEARNS: I don't think there is any way to modify a gloss varnish to convert it into a satin, and why would you want to since there are lots of satin finish varnishes. The rheology of a well-developed finish like Epiphanes Gloss should be respected. Stick to recommended application methods and definitely use the Epiphanes reducer which has the right blend of solvents and boiling points to give good flow and leveling.
I am not aware of a satin varnish which is intended for exterior use so I guess there's a life issue involved--satins may not weather well.
2016-06-20BLANE CHISM: Just add cornstarch to tone down the gloss or make it flat
2016-06-15KENT KROEHLER asked: What is the coverage?
1. Thinned 50/50
2. 2nd, 3rd, 4th coats
I am using it on large (8-10' tall) oak double doors at church.
2016-06-15RICHARD CAMPBELL: I make furniture as my hobby and use Epifanes in a wipe on finish. The number of coats depends on how much finish is absorbed by the wood. I sometimes use four coats and have used up to 8. They say that you don't have to sand between coats but I do to get a dead flat surface. Once the wood stops absorbing the finish I look at each coat after it drys. Epifanes gives a very deep looking finish so when you get the look you want, stop. Be sure to use Epifanes brush thinner. For reasons I don't understand, ordinary thinners don't work. I also use Japan dry in the mix to avoid taking days between coats.
2016-05-02A shopper asked: How many square ft does 5 liters cover?
2016-05-02ALAN SUGARMAN: That would depend upon whether you were applying to bare wood, whether the wood had been sealed, whether you are on the first or fifth coat, the temperature, and your skill in applying a thick coat. And, of course, I assume your are applying more than one coat.
In other words, there is no answer to your question. Too many variables.
2016-05-02THOMAS STUART: My estimate for 5 liters Epifanes gloss varnish would be approximately 500sqft. That said, Epifanes can be applied thick or thin but one light coat by roller around 500sqft.
2016-05-13LEE WILLIAMS: I really don't know. I did two coats on a cover that was 2 feet high, 48" X 54" inside and out with one quart can.
2016-04-18DOUGLAS PATRICK asked: I have an outside bar made of cedar. I need to refinish. Last time I believe I used one of your varnish products and it lasted 4 years. The area is cover but it is over water. Over the years I have applied several different products but there has been some bubbling. What would you recommend? Should I apply any primer coat since some of the early finish is still on the wood.
2016-04-18TIM BREWER: The epifanes is a great product and it should serve your purpose but it should be reapplied annually. A scuff sanding with 220 paper is usually all the prep you need for reapplication. If your original coat is spar varnish you should be able to top coat with the Epifanes if you sand first.
2016-04-18DARAGH CASSIDY: Bubbling of finish indicates presence of water or high humidity. Remove old varnish, then re-apply varnish. Primer not needed but be sure substrate(wood) is dry before applying.
2016-04-17A shopper asked: I used Epithanes Wood Finish Gloss on my boat but want apply their regular high gloss varnish over the wood finish gloss. Do I need to sand the wood finish or simply apply the varnish if it's done within 72 hours of applying the wood finish gloss?
2016-04-17MIKE LAFRATE: Hi
You should always lightly sand the varnish when dry. Use 220 grit. All you need to do is scratch the surface for the varnish to adhere too. Make sure you get all the dust with a tack cloth
2016-04-17WILLIAM F. HEINS: I have never used anything but the high gloss and I always wet sand between coats. On last wet sand I used 4000. On a kitchen table after one week cure on last coat I used 3M polishing creme that is used to buff out the clear coat on cars. I used foam buffing head on slow buffer. I really had to work at it and for awhile I thought had ruined it but it came thru with a polished mirror finish. Will not do that again.
On outdoor furniture I always wait longer than 72 hours & I wet sand. Don't have a boat.
2016-04-17MICHAEL CYR: I sand between all coats of varnish. You need "tooth" between layers. There are also likely to be some imperfections that a quick sand out will remove.
2016-04-17GARRET MOTT: Since they are very different products, I would sand - at least scuff - after the wood gloss has completely dried. While not a chemist, I believe the way the 2 will bond is mechanical, not chemical.
Have you looked at Epiphanes' website? They may have more info there - or maybe call Epiphanes directly?
2016-04-17ROBERT HILL: I sanded my canoe before applying the gloss varnish.
2016-04-18JERRY STAVOLA: I usually apply additional coats without sanding within a 24-30 hour time. anything longer, I will use 220 lightly just to dull the finish.
2016-04-14A shopper asked: what thinner do I use this for thinning as per the application instructions?
2016-04-14JOHN NOTCH: Epifanes has two thinners. One for spraying and one for brushing. Please read the label.
2016-04-15ZACHARY SMITH: I have used paint thinner or turpentine in the past with no issues
2016-03-24MIKE BUTRUM asked: Can this product be applied successfully over semi-transparent stained wood?
2016-03-24MICHAEL DIEHL: In a word (or three) I don't know. I bought this stuff thinking it'd be the best solution for coating/protecting south-facing windows on a southern California house. I sanded the windows and applied it myself but was, honestly, pretty disappointed. It wasn't two years before it started cracking. Could be my application, could be the nature of the beast, but last year I had the windows professionally sanded down and stained. The painter assured me it'd last longer, and so far, so good. I doubt this helps you, but it's all I got.
2016-03-24Joe Spadaro: It will work great
2016-03-24Joe Spadaro: It will work great
2016-03-24PAUL MEADE: I guess it depends on the stain; if it is an oil-based stain it should do fine--I have applied it to bare mahogany and pine and to old stained and re-stained mahogany (using Petit stain) on a 1957 Chris Craft, with excellent results.
I'm not sure what "semi-transparent" means, as most stains are solid but fill only the grain and not the surface of the wood; the opacity of the color depends on how long you wait before wiping it off. "Semi-transparent" suggests a finish coat rather than a stain, although there are some "combination" products that are stain and finish.
If the stain has tung oil or linseed oil or something of that nature in the ingredients. it should be fine.
I hope this helps.
2016-03-24RANDY WARNER: I believe it can. Just read the directions on the can
2016-03-06A shopper asked: Does Epifanes make a semi-gloss varnish?
2016-03-06JOHN BLYTHE: Ephifanes has a rubbed effect varnish that may be suitable.
2016-03-07GERALD PETERS: No they don't make a semi-gloss varnish but you can take their woodfinish matte and mix it with their high gloss and make a semi-gloss. I needed a semi-gloss for a walnut door I made so I used the high gloss to build up the finish and then I gave it a final coat with a mixture of 1 part high gloss to 2 parts matte. That mixture gave me a nice semi-gloss finish for the final look. By using the gloss for your first coats the finish has more clarity and depth. If you use the mixture as all of your coats the finish will end up hazy and not as clear.
2016-03-07DENIS BILODEAU: It's more a gloss varnish than a simi-gloss
2016-02-23ISHMAEL WHALE asked: My research tells me that pure oil-based, non-urethane, varnish can be used over both waxed and unwaxed shellac sealer. And that urethane varnish can be used only over unwaxed shellac. I don't know if my Zinsser Bulls eye shellac is waxed or unwaxed, but Zinsser say don't use urethane varnish over their BE shellac. Can Epifanes be used over BE shellac? Am restoring an antique Old Town canoe, and had already sealed the inside with BE, before I read the instructions!
2016-02-24Peter Lawry: I purchased and used epifanes clear gloss varnish for a boat that i built last year. I used epifanes over epoxy based resin. I learned the hard way that the substrate must be cleaned extremely well to remove the amine blush that epoxy based resins produce. I eventually did have wonderful success with the product and would use it again.
My suggestion to you would be to contact Epifanes directly to inquire about your question and depending on the answer then apply varnish over a small section of your boat. You can remove it if it doesn't cure with a scotch purple pad, cotton rag, and acetone.
2016-02-24MICHAEL CLAPHAN: I can't answer your question about Epifanes over other coatings, I applied it over new bare wood.
2016-02-24Ishmael Whale: Thx
2016-02-24PAUL WINBERG: Im not sure I can give you the answer you need. My use was on new wood and the product produced beautiful results (I used, I think, 7 coats starting with 75% thinned product) Wood was "african mahogany" You might try looking on the epifanes website. They have some good application notes.
If I had to guess, I think the product would work well, but would require breaking the surface of the old coating quite thoroughly.
2016-02-25PAUL HENRY: I used the product on a cedar strip rowboat I built. I applied the finish over a fiberglassed epoxied finish, thus I have no experience with the shellac issue. Sorry I could be of no help.
I hate varinishing. That is why I use Epifanes. This product will last for years outside and virtually forever indoors. Varnishing is never easy. But when you have to do it, use...Read complete review
I hate varinishing. That is why I use Epifanes. This product will last for years outside and virtually forever indoors. Varnishing is never easy. But when you have to do it, use the best product available. Surface prep remains a must and every hour you spend in preparation will save you hours during the process. I recommend at least three coats for a deep, rich shine. In fact, the doors pictured below have three coats. These doors were oiled years ago and a couple had been contaminated with silicone. This is normally disaterous, but after three coats, the fisheyes were gone, the grain filled in and the surface is nearly dead flat even though I did not use any grain sealer. The gloss is outstanding! Prepare the surface, apply one coat of thinned varnish. It does not thin well with mineral spirits. Epifanes thinner works best. Then sand between coats, work the varnish in well, tip it once and let dry. Runs can be removed with a sharp chisel or scraper. The doors pictured required about 4 ouunces per door per coat, but I know I will never need to refinish them again.
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Not for coating dacron
In all fairness I'm using this product to waterproof a heat shrink dacron rowing skiff. I'm finding it runs like crazy, not matter how rhink you brush it out. But it leaves a...Read complete review
In all fairness I'm using this product to waterproof a heat shrink dacron rowing skiff. I'm finding it runs like crazy, not matter how rhink you brush it out. But it leaves a very good, hard finish when it finally dries.
Followed the instructions on the can, including using the Epiphanes brush thinner. Application of product was difficult. It looked great while wet (nice and smooth). As it dried, the finish became matted/lumpy. Second though the fourth coat did the same thing. Customer service said that it must be an issue with how I was applying it or thinning it, What a joke. I've been finishing woodwork for 25+ years and never had an issue like this. Did I get a bad batch from Jamestown or is this the way the product is supposed to look when it dies? It's looks horrible.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Shipping is a problem. Larger cans have their lids secured by locking wedges but small cans (250 ml) are simply taped over. My shipment arrived with one can open and spilled all over the inside of the box. It was a nightmare to unpack and clean up the rest of the cans for use. When I complained to Jamestown, I was ignored. Not good customer service or attention to detail. Maybe their product is great but if it arrives in unusable condition, what have you gained.
To longer to dry than 24 hours but it was at 50 degreess outside air temp in my garage, on the low end of the spectrum for varnishing. I called the Epifanes and they said I could do it as long as above 33 but would be harder to apply and take longer to dry as expected.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Used to provide waterproof seal on front porch. Pressure Treated Pine 2x6 Boards. Sanded down with 60 grit finished with 150 grit. Applied stain and 4 coats of Varnish per instructions. (Cut with thinner 1st 3 coats). Absolutely Beautiful, beads water, repels the weather.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend