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Product Details

Epifanes Rubbed Effect Low VOC Interior Satin Varnish is a unique, water-based version of Epifanes' Rubbed Effect Varnish. Its 1-part polyurethane/acrylic formula provides the same ease of application, outstanding flowing ability, and distinctive, transparent amber hand-rubbed appearance, but without the harsh fumes and high VOC content of traditional varnishes.

This fast-drying finish is tack-free in 1 hour, and can be recoated after just 6 hours. Excellent resistance to alcohol & common chemicals make it ideal for use on interior doors, trim, bulkheads, cabin soles, and other interior woodwork. Available in a 1000 mL (1 L) can.

Note: This product may also be labeled as Aqua Marine. Rest assured the product and its performance are exactly the same.

Tech Specs
Technical Specifications Low-odor, low-VOC, eco-friendly formula is ideal for interiors.
Varnish Color (when applied) Milky
Cured Color / Finish Transparent Amber / Satin
Thinner (Brush or Air Spray) Tap water
Application Method Brush or Air spray (airless spray application not advised)
Drying Times (@70°F, 65% RH, 30 micron DFT) Dust dry - 1 hour; Sandable - 12 hours; Recoatable - 6 hours
Theoretical Coverage 130 sq. ft. per 1000 mL (1 L) at 30 micron DFT (dry film thickness)
VOC Content 46 g/L
Use For use only on interior woodwork
Info & Guides

The Eco-Friendly Version of Epifanes Rubbed Effect Satin Varnish

Applied over several build coats of Epifanes Clear Gloss Varnish, Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss Varnish, or Epifanes Rapidclear, this unique, water-based formula provides the same lustrous, beautiful, durable satin finish as Epifanes Rubbed Effect Interior Satin Varnish, but with an extremely low VOC content and no harsh fumes, making it ideal for use on all interior woodwork, including meranti, mahogany, plywood, and Oregon pine).

When applied, its milky color looks different than conventional varnish, but the cured finish is a transparent amber color that retains the clarity of the gloss coats built up beneath it, without muddying the grain. It's also much more durable than conventional varnish.

Note: Epifanes Rubbed Effect Low VOC Interior Satin Varnish was previously known as Epifanes Aqua Marine Varnish.

Technical Information

Rubbed Effect Low VOC Satin Varnish Features

  • Clear, beautiful satin finish for interior use.
  • Low-odor, low-VOC, eco-friendly formula is ideal for interiors.
  • Durable finish provides excellent resistance to abrasion, alcohol, and household chemicals.
  • Easy-to-use, quick-drying, 1-part formula.
  • Can be applied to properly prepared one-and two-part varnish systems in good condition.


Be sure to read all instructions before using this product. Keep away from heat, sparks, open flames, and hot surfaces. No smoking. Do not breathe dust, fume, gas, mist, vapors, and spray. Do not eat, drink, or smoke when using this product. Wear protective gloves, protective clothing, eye protection, and face protection. Please read and understand the safety information in the SDS (safety data sheet) before using this product.

Reviews for Epifanes Rubbed Effect Low VOC Satin Varnish

2 of 2 Reviews

June 22, 2021

Great Product - Be Sure Not to Use Thinner - Use Water
By Alan from New York

Great Product - Be Sure Not to Use Thinner - Use Water. Read the instructions. If you use a thinner, will need to sand down and start over. USE WATER ONLY.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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January 4, 2021

I had high hopes -
By JPinVT from Central VT

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I had to finish a pantry cabinet indoors. All my other cabinets are finished with multiple coats of epifanes clear, topped with the regular rubbed effects then steel wool and wax. Since I had to use a low VOC in this instance, I tried this product. It's OK as far as a water-based finish goes BUT is not amber like a trad finish (although the desc said it was) AND it is very difficult to get it to lay down smooth. Dry/sand/recoat time almost as long as trad. I will use it when I have no other option but am not about to replace m y traditional finishes

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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