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Epifanes Two-Part Polyurethanes saturated, aliphatic urethane coatings are formulated for maximum resin depth and hardness with a long lasting mirror like gloss. Epifanes polyurethane is designed for brush, roller, or spray application. Each package includes base & reactor. Thinning with Polyurethane Thinner For Brush or Polyurethane Thinner For Spray is required for application. Designed for any boat or home applications above the waterline.
Temperature should be between 50 degrees F and 85 degrees F during application with the air humidity level below 85 percent. Avoid painting in too much wind or sun. A rapid loss of solvents will occur under these conditions and will decrease the flowing ability.
June 11, 2020
I needed to repaint a 52 year old Ensign, which had been awlgripped about 20 years ago. I used Interlux Perfection on the mast and boom last year, and found that it was very sensitive to temperature and humidity. I was convinced to try Epifanes for the topsides. I used a quart of their primer in gray, which did a nice job filling in some imperfections. I say quart, but when you combine the two parts, the total is more like 5/6th. At any rate, three finish coats later, the job looks great. My single complaint was the lack of advice available on the can or their website. I used the roll and tip method, and was advised to use their special brushing thinner - but no where did it specify HOW MUCH thinner to add, which is a key piece of information you need for a successful job. A few calls to Epifanes in Maine, and I found someone who seemed knowledgeable. He gave me the secret number I will now reveal here: add 7% thinner by volume of the paint in your carefully measured paint bucket. With that, the product was a dream to use, and we got many favorable comments in the boatyard prior to launching. Hope it holds up for the long term...
October 22, 2019
Although I like this paint not sure what happened this time. I ordered gloss or some gloss but the entire job came out flat. Not sure if it was me or the paint. I did a cabin top non skid on a sailboat so not bad flat two coats not sure if I won't to paint it again too much paint and hard to cut it in with the now flat edg. Greg
August 6, 2019
Estimating Coverage was not easy as the combined product does NOT equal one quart. Had to order additional paint at additional cost. Do not attempt to apply at temperature in the 80's.
July 22, 2019
We used the white 2 part polyurethane for the deck, cockpit, and cabin of our 25' sailboat We did a complete balsa core and fiberglass replacement on the cabin top, cockpit sole, and deck. After fairing we laid down System Three water based epoxy primer and sanded and cleaned it well. We sprayed the Epifanes using a pressure pot paint gun with a 1.2mm nozzle. Temperature was around 80 degrees. After practicing and tweaking the gun on some pieces of cardboard and plastic sheeting we ended up with the pot set at 10 psi, and the gun set at 30-35psi read on a gauge mounted right at the spray gun. Paint was thinned 10% with Epifanes spray thinner. We laid down a light tack coat and let it flash off for 20 minutes, then laid down a medium coverage coat. Had a few runs in the cockpit but that was my fault. Avoid trying to lay down heavy coats as it will run and sag if you do that. Note that the coverage rates on the can are true per coat so measure your square footage well. It doesn't take long to blow through the 750ml kit. The Epifanes paint sprayed down beautifully and quickly leveled out and merged into a smooth flat finish. It dried quickly and very hard. It has a nice shine, and with all climbing all over the boat with tools when reinstalling hardware it didn't scratch up, but still looked great. Very happy with the results so far.
May 7, 2019
A friend saw the job and bought some to do a project of his own
October 1, 2018
I have used many other 2 parts in boat painting projects - my wife found a color that matched our hull perfectly with Epihane 2 part paints for painting our decks - but she wanted it not overly shiny - they actually made it with a little flatness and we ordered it ..I will tell you it went on perfectly dried perfect and went on like butter ..we have switched over to this paint for all our next boat projects - thank you ..
August 29, 2018
I've so far bought two quarts of this to cover about a 8 sq ft topside area on the cabin of my Whaler. I have never rolled/tipped but have painted with both a roller and painted hundreds of cars in my career. I first don't understand why I can't use a good PPG or Sikkens urethane basecoat/clearcoat on my boat like you would for the car. No one has ever explained that to me. I first used the rolling/tipping method after priming with the Epiphanes primer. I bought a badger hair brush (as recommended), sanded the primer down perfectly, taped everything, used the good cleaner that was recommended. I soaked my brush in the good thinner to clean it as recommended. I immediately started getting bubbles and bumps all over the place with this product when I began to Roll/Tip. I could not get it right. I sanded the paint down several times, wasting product which each use....this stuff aint cheap. After the first quart was gone I decided I'd go back to the old faithful method I'm used to, spraying it on. It's going to be a little messy with overspray but it can't be worse than what the roll/tip looked like....I was wrong! It looked even worse with the gun. I probably could have bought two spray cans of Kilz and done a better job. I have not asked Jamestown for a refund because they are the nicest people out there but I would like a refund from Epiphanes.
May 16, 2017
This 2-part poly has bumps on it when brushing regardless of how you apply it. I used Epifanes "Brush Thinner" and Red Tree Badger Hair Brush. I tried it with and without thinner. Tried 5% thinner, 20% thinner, it made absolutely no difference. Bumps on finished product. Used clean room paint booth to apply. 72° F. 30% Rh.
May 26, 2016
I like epifanes two part polyurethane better than perfection plus a bit easier to varnish. It contains less than perfection pkys but covers the same. It turns out awesome and will buy again.
January 4, 2011
I've used this on boat and residential interior woodwork and soles. Assuming you put the work and time into application, the finish is perfect: even, hard, and durable, better in most cases than the original boat manufacturer's interior finishes. The cons are these: initial coats especially must be very thin (lots of thinner) else some horrible gassy reaction seems to occur with the underlying wood surface; cleanup involves epifanes' expensive proprietary thinners. And because this stuff is so expensive, you need very good discipline about quantities; how you mix, etc. I spent a couple of weeks experimenting with sample pieces before using this product live. If you're not willing to take lots of time to do the job right, or to be obsessively clean, and to measure and time your work obsessively, don't bother with this finish, because you won't get good-looking results. But if you really care about the results, and you're willing to put in the effort, it's the best.
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