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Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish

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!

 
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Technical Specifications

  • Container Size: 250 ml., 500 ml.,1000 ml., 5000 ml.
  • Color:Clear Amber
  • Gloss: Ultra High Gloss
  • Density: 0.92 kg./liter
  • Solids Content : 55 +/- 2 vol. %
  • Drying times at 65F / 65% RH: Tack free - 3 hours / Tape free - 24 hours Dry - 12 hours / Recoatable - 24 hours
  • 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 cups
  • 2 strainers
  • 2 stir sticks

 

BRAND: Epifanes
Number Of Parts: One Part
Type: Varnishes
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Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish
 
4.7

(based on 86 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (68)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (29)
  • Easy to clean (20)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Easy to apply (5)
  • Ergonomic grip (5)

Cons

  • Messy (3)

Best Uses

  • Large areas (31)
  • Detailed work (29)
  • Small areas (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (48), Casual do-it-yourselfer (18), Professional (10), Do-it-yourself (5), Beginner (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

When only the best will do

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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.

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1.0

Bad Batch/Bad Product?

By Jim

from Wisconsin

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

    Cons

    • Went on smooth, but dried matted/lumpy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      great product - bad customer service

      By Jim

      from Dallas

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Even Paint Distribution
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Messy

      Best Uses

      • Detailed Work

      Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

      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.

       
      5.0

      Epifanes is all I use on Teak. Just had good luck with it.

      By Mike

      from Greenacres, WA

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

      Old trawler with lots of teak. Epifanes has always held up well.

       
      5.0

      MY FAVORITE

      By bob

      from San Francisco,CA

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Clean
      • great looking

      Cons

      • doesn't last forever

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

        This varnish has been used for centuries by boatbuilders. Its got to be good.

         
        5.0

        Great Varnish

        By Pete

        from Chapel Hill, NC

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Detailed Work
            • Large Areas
            • Small Areas

            Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

            I've used this varnish for years on my 1959 Lyman. Not the easiest stuff to work with but lasts a long time and looks great.

             
            5.0

            Hi Gloss, smooth flow.

            By Franz

            from Egg Harbor Township, NJ

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Clean
            • Even Paint Distribution

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

                The varnish went on smooth. Mixed well. Looks beautiful.

                 
                4.0

                Great choice for decades.

                By Al

                from Boston area

                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Looks the best

                Cons

                • slow to apply

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

                  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.

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Product

                  By Barney

                  from Snellville, Georgia

                  About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Applies easy, restored all wood trim on old boat

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Detailed Work

                    Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

                    Great stuff, restored all wood trim and wood surfaces on 1984 boat.
                    Turned out beautiful. Just follow instructions on can for thinning.

                     
                    5.0

                    Great varnish !

                    By hclsail

                    from Hanson, MA

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

                    Order filled promptly and accurately. Easy to use and apply to Boston Whaler mahogany refinishing project. Love the glossy finish !!

                     
                    5.0

                    excellent deck finish

                    By Bama Porch Builder

                    from Birmingham, AL

                    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Even Paint Distribution

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

                        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.

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