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Product Details

Epifanes Wood Finish Matte Varnish is a one-component varnish alternative based on urethane alkyd resins and tung oil. It is typically used over four coats of Epifanes Gloss Wood Finish. Suitable for both interior and exterior woods, this low gloss, matte finish varnish contains UV absorbers to provide long lasting, beautiful rich protection.

A non-sanding solution specially formulated for oily woods like teak.

Info & Guides
Technical Specifications:
  • Container Size: 500 ml., 1000ml.
  • Color: Opaque in the can, dries clear amber
  • Gloss: Matte (Some Sheen)
  • Density: 0.95 kg./liter
  • Solids Content : 40 +/- 2 vol. %
  • Drying times at 65F / 65% RH: Tack free - 1 hours / Tape free - 24 hours, Dry - 12 hours / Recoatable - 12 hours
  • Recommended Film Thickness: Per coat wet - 60 micron / Per coat dry - 25 micron
  • Application: Brush, roller, conventional air spray, H.V.L.P.
  • Temperature should be between 50 degrees F and 85 degrees F with the air humidity below 85 percent. Avoid varnishing in too much wind or sun. A rapid loss of solvents will occur under these conditions and will decrease the flowing ability. Add thinners up to the specified percentage to compensate for the faster release of solvents. Any existing finish much be intact, degreased and sanded prior to recoating. Before applying each coat, degrease the surface with Epifanes Spray Thinner or Denatured alcohol. Use a tack cloth to remove dust particles prior to application. Always stir Epifanes Wood Finish Matte before using. Failure to do so may result in an uneven or blotchy finish. Some settling of the formulation may occur upon long standing.

    Reviews for Epifanes Wood Finish Matte Varnish

    10 of 21 Reviews

    February 16, 2021

    My Go-to spar varnish!
    By Captain Will from St. Mary's City, MD

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    Produces a strong, durable finish when applied properly. Multiple coats are required for durability --I typically use 8-10, with 2-3 fresh coats per year.

    Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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    November 3, 2020

    Best varnish
    By Jeff from Boston

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    We use this on many exterior thresholds, wood frames, etc. It is the go to for professionals and looks great. The Matte is more like a "satin" finish, which my customers prefer.

    Cedar railings with 4 coats of Epifanes
    Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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    September 3, 2020

    I need more experience !
    By Ian from Sag Harbor, NY

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    Tried it as delivered with foam brush. Not a good result - very uneven film. Tried it as delivered with good bristle brush. Not a good result - very uneven film. Diluted it with 10% Epiphanes thinner. Used a good bristle brush to obtain an acceptable finish on a vertical surface I was touching up. Over coating on a large old flat surface resulted in a barely acceptable result. Harsh incident light showed up slight brush strokes. All on internal boat woodwork.after rubbing down etc etc

    Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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    August 30, 2020

    Looks good on Epifanes gloss spar varnish
    By Jim from Austin, TX

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    Perfect finish coat(s) for Epifanes gloss spar varnish. Softens the look.

    Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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    September 23, 2019

    Exactly as advertised
    By Fred from Georgetown SC

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    Used as topcoat (s) for new construction outdoor furniture. Very clear and informative instructions available online from JD. The product performance has been "spot on" thus far. Appearance is excellent.

    Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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    September 2, 2019

    Fantastic wood finish
    By Steve from Houston, Texas

    I used this product on a wood exterior door that has sun exposure in the Houston, Texas area. I cut it 50% with Epifanes thinner because it was so thick and applied 4 coats. Traditionally finishes on doors like this last maybe 5 years, Epifanes is going 8 and looks like I did it yesterday. Side note, I always write the acquisition and open date on all liquid products. This bad boy was 10 years old and I gave it to a friend to use on his boat because it is such a great product. The finish dried and looks 100%.

    Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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    September 12, 2018

    Fantastic finish for a front entry door
    By GeoGene from San Diego, California

    I finished our new mahogany front door with 4 coats Epifanes gloss varnish thinning and applying as recommended by Epifanes. Then finished with two coats Epifanes matte finish with the first coat cut with 25% thinner and the final coat 5% thinner. The door looks so fantastic everyone who comes to the house comments on the door. Even the UPS guy, who has probably seen thousands of front doors, said "I never saw such a beautiful front door" and I had not even mentioned we had a new front door. You can't beat this stuff. The man who made the door is from Germany and he said, "In Germany this is all we use on wood doors". This stuff is more expensive than other varnishes, but it is worth every penny.

    Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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    July 31, 2018

    A great matte finish for a high quality look
    By CascadianCanoeWorks from Anacortes

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    It went on well (brushing on it handles different than epifanes high gloss but not bad just different) and dries nice and even. After 4 coats of high gloss this canoe looked so nice I almost didn't put this last finishing coat on the interior but I went ahead and I really like the toned down, rich look!


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    July 24, 2018

    Awesome marine varnish
    By Elkboy from New Milford ct

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    Levels out nice but must be cut with thinner to flow and brush out evenly

    Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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    August 17, 2016

    Epiphanes Woodfinish Matte
    By N/A from Central Vermont

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    I use Woodfinish Matte on furniture. I spray it, and it flows out beautifully, and dries to a lovely, even sheen. I highly recommend this product.

    Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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