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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
4.8 65

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Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish
 
4.8

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (23)
  • Easy to clean (15)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Easy to apply (5)
  • Ergonomic grip (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large areas (29)
    • Small areas (27)
    • Detailed work (24)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (36), Casual do-it-yourselfer (11), Professional (9), Do-it-yourself (5)

    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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    5.0

    Same great product, better price

    By DEBORAHT

    from BOTHELL, WA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Buyer
    Ensign

    Pros

    • Beautiful Finish
    • Easy To Clean
    • Ergonomic Grip
    • Even Paint Distribution

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Detailed Work
      • Large Areas
      • Small Areas

      Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

      We've been doing our own brightwork for years, the Center for Wooden Boats here in Seattle taught us with this product for a reason - it's awesome and leaves a beautiful finish. We can certainly buy it locally but find great prices at JD including good packages that suit our needs.

       
      5.0

      Good for exterior wood in New Mexico

      By Off El Camino Real

      from Albuquerque, NM

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Resists Heat Dryness
      • Resists High Altitude Sun

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

          About three years ago I used Epifanes to seal a hand-carved wooden bench we bought at the Hispanic Arts Pavillion at the New Mexico State Fair. Didn't want to risk it drying out, cracking and turning gray as wood does so easily in Albuquerque, with the high altitude sun, temperature extremes and very low humidity. It's still perfect, and still looks exactly as it did right after I put on the final coat. I'm getting some to do the front door.

           
          5.0

          Top end varnish

          By Finsguy

          from New Jersey

          About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Buyer
          Ensign

          Pros

          • Even Paint Distribution
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Detailed Work

            Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

            This product went on easy and looks wet when dry. I laid on 8 coats nice and thin and it looks awesome!

             
            5.0

            Great product!

            By JAMESB

            from CEDAR FALLS, IA

            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer
            Ensign

            Pros

            • Great Coverage

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

                I'm not an expert by any means, but I used this product to refinish the inside of a cedar strip outboard runabout and it turned out great. Followed the instructions for application and it covered great. After 4 years it is still holding up well too.

                 
                5.0

                Wow! Great product!

                By Bob

                from Clearwater, Fl.

                About Me Beginner

                Verified Buyer
                Ensign

                Pros

                • Easy To Clean
                • Even Paint Distribution
                • Sandable In 24 Hrs
                • Self leveling
                • Shines Like Glass

                Cons

                • Runs If You Are Not Caref

                Best Uses

                • Large Areas
                • Small Areas

                Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

                Great stuff will use again!

                 
                4.0

                New go-to finish product for me.

                By Carpenter Chuck

                from Lackawanna, New York

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Buyer
                Ensign

                Pros

                • Easy to apply
                • Easy To Prepare
                • Even Paint Distribution
                • Provided Desired Finish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

                    Before using this product I read some suggestions regarding how best to "cut" this product. The reviews were mixed and not decisive. I went with mineral spirits, experienced no problems and got the results I had expected.

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent product

                    By Dave

                    from Brandon, SD

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Buyer
                    Ensign

                    Pros

                    • Even Paint Distribution

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Detailed Work
                      • Large Areas
                      • Small Areas

                      Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

                      The varnish was great to work with. Looks great. Durable.

                       
                      5.0

                      Epifanes varnish

                      By 24hacker

                      from auburn, indiana

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Buyer
                      Ensign

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Clean

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Detailed Work

                        Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

                        Super gloss - very quick shipping

                         
                        5.0

                        Varnish best, JD customer service better

                        By Lewey the lens

                        from PERU, NY

                        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                        Verified Buyer
                        Ensign

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Detailed Work
                            • Large Areas
                            • Small Areas

                            Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

                            The varnish doesn't get much better than this unless you cut it yourself. Bought this for a project and screwed up the order so didn't get to take advantage of the special JD was running at the time(my mistake, not JD's). Melanie at customer service was a trooper and got me the special despite my ignorance. Tough to eat crow and have the distributor be nice to you at the same time. They have my business.

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Product

                            By First Timer

                            from Kettering, Oh

                            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                            Verified Buyer
                            Lieutenant

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Clean
                            • Even Paint Distribution

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Detailed Work
                              • Large Areas
                              • Small Areas

                              Comments about Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish:

                              I used 2 quarts to do the project in the pics. The first 2 coats took double the time the can says to set up, because of the fresh cpes. I used to seal the new Marine grade plywood. The work was not done in a controlled environment but turned out pretty nice due to the quality of the product. I highly recommend Epifanes Clear Gloss Varnish.

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