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Epifanes Rapid Coat and Rapid Clear Varnish

Epifanes Rapid Clear Varnish is fast and easy alternative to conventional varnishes, and can be used on interior and exterior woods above the waterline. Rapid Clear has a clear finish with no tint. It provides an enhancing UV protection film and bonds extremely well to teak and other oily woods, preventing discoloring and emphasizing the natural wood grain.

Rapid Coat varnish 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.

Epifanes rapid varnishes can be applied without sanding between coats. Rapid refers to the fact that up to three coats can be applied in 18 hours (One every 5-6 hours in optimal conditions). Great for repairing nicks and dings in existing finishes.

 
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Technical Specifications
  • Container Size
  • 750 ml. Gloss: Semi Gloss
  • Density: 0.889kg./liter (mixed)
  • Solids Content : 40 +/- 2 vol. %
  • Drying times at 65F / 65% RH: Tack free - 3 hours / Tape free - 5 hours, Dry - 4 hours / Recoatable - 5-6 hours
  • Recommended Film Thickness: Per coat wet - 70 micron / Per coat dry - 25 micron
  • Application: Brush, roller, conventional air spray, H.V.L.P., airless
  • Temperature should be between 50 degree F and 85 degree F with the humidity level below 85 percent. Avoid application in too much wind or sun. A rapid loss of solvents will occur under these conditions and will decrease the flowing ability.

BRAND: Epifanes
Number Of Parts: One Part
Type: Varnishes
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Epifanes Rapid Coat and Rapid Clear Varnish
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large areas (4)
    • Small areas (4)
    • Detailed work (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (8), Casual do-it-yourselfer (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fast, Efficient, Looks Good

    I used Rapid CLEAR on my sliding hatch and seahood, both of which are teak and have seams with caulk in them. I did this inside at about 70 degrees and was able to...Read complete review

    I used Rapid CLEAR on my sliding hatch and seahood, both of which are teak and have seams with caulk in them. I did this inside at about 70 degrees and was able to recoat in 3-4 hours. I laid 4-5 coats a day, over 2 days for a total of about 9. I Then block sanded it back with 220, due to some sags and ripples. It looks great as is, but I like the glossy top coat of Epifanes Hi Gloss. This is a must have product if you are doing alot of bare wood and love Epifanes Hi Gloss Varnish. Save yourself DAYS of work, and you won't see a difference. You might have to sand back pretty aggressively before the final coat, but aggressive sanding just ONCE is much better then sanding between EVERY coat.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Wish I hadn't bought two quarts

    This would probably be fine on a large surface that can be brushed out quickly. I used it on installed casement windows with muntins. Too many small fussy surfaces. This varnish puddled and...Read complete review

    This would probably be fine on a large surface that can be brushed out quickly. I used it on installed casement windows with muntins. Too many small fussy surfaces. This varnish puddled and dripped and had to be gone over and over to eliminate these before they dried. I was working in humid conditions, 70s to low 80s temperatures. After this I will use a stain of my own making and a clear urethane. I doubt that I will get the lovely color of Rapid Coat or the even coloration over the grain but I expect I'll be less aggravated.

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    5.0

    Worked great

    By Wolfhard

    from TORRANCE, CA

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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    Pros

    • Even Paint Distribution

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Detailed Work
      • Large Areas
      • Small Areas

      Comments about Epifanes Rapid Coat and Rapid Clear Varnish:

      Had 17 exterior colums with a Walnut stain to refinish that were poorly done and hadn't been touched in 6 years being exposed to California sun. Cleaned dirt with mineral spirit, filled cracks with exterior exterior wood sealer, sanded with 320, wiped with sticky rags to remove dust, wiped on American Walnut stain with old T-shirt rags. Applied first diluted Rapid coat with Epifane 1 1/2 brush. Diluted with 50% mineral spirit. Applied second coat with rapid coat, 10% diluted. Applied third and fourth coat the same. No brush marks. Although recommendation for Rapid Coat is not to dilute, I was afraid it wouldn't adhere well, hence the 50% dilution first. The 10% was needed to achieve better flow since all the surfaces were vertical. I didn't sand between coat and the results were astonishing. I am hoping that I have to recoat every two years instead of every year, but time will tell.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Acres of Varnish!

      By Capt Mack

      from Virginia beach, Virginia

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epifanes Rapid Coat and Rapid Clear Varnish:

            Usually requires some thinning (turpentine) and a bit of Penatrol is advised. Application of several coats of Woodfinish Gloss (no sanding between coats) followed by light sanding then two coats of the Clear (sand between them) for maximum weather protection and UV shielding. This comes close to the maximum protecion that I have seen.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Product

            By killer

            from charlotte, nc

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Covers Well

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Detailed Work
              • Large Areas
              • Small Areas

              Comments about Epifanes Rapid Coat and Rapid Clear Varnish:

              I used this to build up coats on the interior of a 1959 Barbour speedboat. The boat has a lap-strake plywood hull which is not the pretiest nor smoothest wood to finish. With only 2 coats, the interior looks great! I wish I would have used this product on some other varnishing projects...it would have cut days and at least 10 coats of regular varnish.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              needed to thin

              By jack

              from North Carolina

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Reviewer

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Epifanes Rapid Coat and Rapid Clear Varnish:

                    i had to thin this product to use on a new front door. it was just too thick to blend quickly without drying out. I also sanded lightly between coats.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Wish I hadn't bought two quarts

                    By Georgeandgracie

                    from Beulah, CO

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lovely aged-pine color

                    Cons

                    • Drippy
                    • Gets sticky too fast
                    • Messy

                    Best Uses

                    • Large Areas

                    Comments about Epifanes Rapid Coat and Rapid Clear Varnish:

                    This would probably be fine on a large surface that can be brushed out quickly. I used it on installed casement windows with muntins. Too many small fussy surfaces. This varnish puddled and dripped and had to be gone over and over to eliminate these before they dried. I was working in humid conditions, 70s to low 80s temperatures. After this I will use a stain of my own making and a clear urethane. I doubt that I will get the lovely color of Rapid Coat or the even coloration over the grain but I expect I'll be less aggravated.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice Product

                    By Willow Lake Woods

                    from New York

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Reviewer

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                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Epifanes Rapid Coat and Rapid Clear Varnish:

                          Application was straight forward. I had no problems with runs or brush marks. Rapid Coat provided a nice amber timt to the wood that really brought out the warmth of the wood.

                          The varnish preparation kit is an impressive one-stop solution put together by someone who has done this a time or two. Professionally packed and allows you to open the box and start working.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Good product

                          By Mike the fixer

                          from Madison, WI

                          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Even Paint Distribution

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Epifanes Rapid Coat and Rapid Clear Varnish:

                              Spreads out nicely and flows together well. I did not notice any "brush marks", but a few "lap marks". This may be my technique rather than a fault of the product. I was able to add 2 coats a day without trouble. Not sanding between coats saves time and effort, but also means less dust floating in the air when I apply the new coat. I was able to put 6 coats on both sides of a hatchboard in a week (12 applications).

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Thank Heaven!

                              By S/V Amata Marie

                              from Tavernier, Florida Keys

                              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Clean
                              • Even Paint Distribution
                              • So much easier

                              Cons

                              • Can be messy

                              Best Uses

                              • Detailed Work
                              • Large Areas
                              • Small Areas

                              Comments about Epifanes Rapid Coat and Rapid Clear Varnish:

                              I have a CSY sailboat with alot of wood. I pretty much have it all done with Rapid Coat. Living in The Keys, the sun is super strong, but the Rapid Coat has proven to hold up for 9 months now. She is ready for 4 top coats that will take only a week to put on if the weather holds up.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Fast, Efficient, Looks Good

                              By BCCElizabeth

                              from Martha's Vineyard, MA

                              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to use
                              • Fast Build up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Epifanes Rapid Coat and Rapid Clear Varnish:

                                  I used Rapid CLEAR on my sliding hatch and seahood, both of which are teak and have seams with caulk in them. I did this inside at about 70 degrees and was able to recoat in 3-4 hours. I laid 4-5 coats a day, over 2 days for a total of about 9. I Then block sanded it back with 220, due to some sags and ripples. It looks great as is, but I like the glossy top coat of Epifanes Hi Gloss. This is a must have product if you are doing alot of bare wood and love Epifanes Hi Gloss Varnish. Save yourself DAYS of work, and you won't see a difference. You might have to sand back pretty aggressively before the final coat, but aggressive sanding just ONCE is much better then sanding between EVERY coat.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  2.0

                                  Difficult to Apply

                                  By taffy

                                  from Framingham, MA

                                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Drys to fast to spread

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Small Areas

                                    Comments about Epifanes Rapid Coat and Rapid Clear Varnish:

                                    Okay for small surfaces. Had difficulty applying to a table top. It was thick and began to set up before I could spread it out very well. Upon drying it improved some but did not leave a smooth surface.

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