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Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss Varnish works especially well on teak wood. No sanding between coats is required. This is the perfect alternative to traditional varnish as it eliminates all that sanding and repetitive care.
Phenolic based resins, tung oil, and UV inhibitors build quickly for a high gloss finish with long lasting beauty on teak and other fine hard woods. Formulated for extraordinary protection, even in tropical climates, Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss is also recommended as a sealer and filler for wood.
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 Wood Finish Gloss is compatible with most other types of one-component alkyd or urethane based varnishes and over two-component varnishes.
May 24, 2021
I applied three maintenance coats of Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss over standard Epifanes varnish on the forward grab rails of our 1958 Dyer 29. The magic is I only sanded before the first coat, with no need to sand between subsequent coats. The Wood Finish behaved exactly as traditional Epifanes varnish in every way, including appearance, flow and gloss. Impossible to tell any difference, except the need to sand between coats, clean up, and then get out the brush, is gone. When I took the rails back to the boat and out into the bright sunlight--a true test for any varnish job--they looked exactly like the aft rails that are coats in the traditional Epifanes. Exactly as promished.
April 21, 2021
I used this on an exterior door, I thinned it 50/50 and rolled it on and it gave me a smooth professional finish.
April 9, 2020
I used this varnish on the teak swim platform on my boat. It is easy to apply. Looks great. Definitely should have good ventilation when working with it.
February 21, 2020
Best varnish there is. Forget Fletco; forget Minwax; forget them all.
May 13, 2019
I've been using Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss Varnish for about 6 years now and have found it to be a great product in terms of appearance, use and repair. With over 30 years of sailboat ownership and 25 of those with boats with exterior teak, I've tried quite a few of the popular products with varying degrees of success. There is no doubt that teak will need to be refinished or have the existing finish repaired to varying degrees every year. The main reason I've turned to Epifanes is both the durability of the finish and when repairs are necessary (and they always are...), you can blend the repair into the existing finish with minimal effort, the 72 hour re-coat time without sanding between coats is also a HUGE plus. I haven't even mentioned how good the exterior wood work looks in a deep gloss finish. I do apply it with a good brush and thin it the recommended amount when necessary to help it flow better. In warmer weather it can get a bit thick so the thinning keeps it going on smooth and it levels out nicely. Our 1978 Bristol 27.7 has a good bit of exterior teak including a full teak toe rail, teak handrails, and the entire companionway is surrounded by and made of teak. Using Ephfanes has helped reduce the overall work I do annually so we can get out there and SAIL......all while looking great doing it.
February 18, 2019
Tiny Bubbles . . . Arrrgh#$%^&@! Worked very hard to remove all dust, grease, etc. from new boat seats before . . . Applied with foam brush . . . tipped with same brush . . . tiny bubbles in surface right away . . . even after 4 coats . . . Same problem as other varnishes . . . from 10 ft the seats look fine. Really nice to skip sanding in between coats.
September 20, 2018
I am using this on the cockpit of a racing dinghy. Bare wood (Mahogany) has 3 coats of West 105-207 and then four coats of Wood finish gloss. I will overcoat with Epifanes Wood gloss varnish. I selected wood finish gloss to avoid required sanding between coats. I'm still lightly sanding with 320 to look for imperfections and give a good contrast for the next coat but it's nice to not have to do a thorough job. I am waiting the max 72 hours between coats.
June 5, 2018
I prepped and masked my brightwork. The varnish went on easily and was thick (about the consistency of Vermont maple syrup) and did not run. After 3 coats the wood looks beautiful! Hopefully, the varnish will last more than one season.
May 5, 2018
Excellent product worked as stated - over teak - has rich light amber contrast and super gloss finish. Will use product in more applications as it is also easy to use - flows well, mixes well and applies consistently.
October 20, 2014
I started varnishing a 23' Pearson Ensign and a Chesapeak Lightcraft kayak with Interlux brand varnishes. I was very discouraged by the brush strokes remaining in the dryed finish and the dull/dry spots left due to the wet edge being very quick setting. I switched to Bristol Finish two part system and was thoroughly disgusted by gummy material applied. It couldn't be sanded and would not apply evenly. I then switched to Epifanes. I sanded all of above down, applied 3 coats of Wood Gloss finish followed by 1 coat of Gloss Varnish. -Every- coat went on smooth and easy with results looking better at each coat. Light sanding before applying the last coat of varnish. Done deal. I will no longer use any other product line except Epifanes.
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