Just in time for the busy spring Brightwork season is a return of Epifanes Varnish Kit. The #1 Kit features a case (6 cans) of Epifanes CV-1000 Gloss Clear Varnish (1000 mL, 1 L, which equals about 1.3 gallons) plus included is a free Epifanes #14 Round Varnishing Brush. CV-1000 is a high quality marine spar varnish. It offers superior protection in all climates. Chinese Tung oil based and non-yellowing alkyd and urethane resins, in addition to UV inhibitors, provide for the long lasting and sun-protective finish. This varnish is proven to last 2 to 3 times longer than its competition.
Recommended Film Thickness: Per coat wet - 50 micron / Per coat dry - 30 micron
Application: Brush, roller, conventional air spray, HVLP
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 Clear Gloss Varnish is compatible with most other types of one-component alkyd or urethane based varnishes and over two-component varnishes.
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Is it possible to add a mahogany tint to the varnish so it will have some color instead of just clear?
Yes it is. This is called toning. However better results are achieved by spraying. It can be accomplished by brushing by adding about a half capful of naphtha to a cup of varnish instead of mineral spirits, and by starting early in the process and building coats gradually. Mineral spirits seem to keep the product from blending well when brushing.I use transtint available at woodworking supply distributors. Dyes don't hold up as well as pigmented stains in sunlight, but I've found it to hold up since you have to add refresher coats annually. Generally the UV protection in Epifanes compensates for any fade. The Transtint keeps the clarity that Epifanes is famous for.I've had great results in blending extreme color differences in layers of mahogany into one by this method on a massive toe rail on a 70 footer and numerous other applications.I build custom furniture for homes and boats and have been finishing boats for 38 years.Hope this helps.
I wanted the clear look on my wood,but the way this varnish mixes up I don't see why you can'nt put a tint in it as it is not to thick.Good luck but the clear looks great.
I have never tried it. That is a question for Epifanes 207-354-0804.
Like any other finish try a sample first. I have done it plenty of times with ZSpar Captains and had good luck. However I would want to make sure this varnish will dry properly. Also some stains I have used to tint with will separate after it is applied.
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I'm building a desk and would like to protect it with a material that would resist marking from writing (a will use it a lot!) and scratches from desk accessories (paper cutter, scissors, etc). I would also like to have a mirror type finish. Any suggestions?Thank you for your time and assistance,Luis Reyes
I think the Epifanes will be a little soft for what you want to do.I would go with one of the polyurethane--single or two part--which will give you a much harder finish.Also a good option would be the clear table top epoxy systems---several mfg.options---which would give you a very hard surface.Only use this on the top then use poly or could use conventional varnish (Epifanes) on the rest.
Luis,I would recommend putting Smith's CPES on as a prime coat. It sticks very well and has a lot to do with the longevity of whatever you put over it. The Epifanes gloss is a great product and if you wait for it to fully setup it should provide as durable a surface as can be routinely obtained.John Milkey
Thank you very much. This is very helpfull.
can this product be sprayed?
I have only used this great product by brush applying. It seems that you could spray it, however because it is a heavy product, you would need to thin it to the right consistency to allow a spray application. Hope this helps you.
Yes you can spray ---must thin as to what ever viscosity your painter is comfortable with.I use pure gum turpentine as a reducer with good results whether spray or brush.Will be too thick right out of the can
To the best of my knowledge, any oil based product can be applied with brush, roller, air, or airless spray.Epifanes varnish is not an exception to this rule.
Yes. However, there is a special thinner required not the brushing thinner in the kit.
I would definitely purchase again
Worked well for my first and second coats prior to putting the matte finish
Spirants clear gloss varnish quart kit
Epifanes varnish is the finest varnish on the market for durability, brightwork etc.But it would be a good idea to include the round brush advertised in the quart kit rather than include an inexpensive bristle less tool that falls apart when priming the brush. The brush was worthless and totally fell apart!
Great product, eas of use and good flow
The product gives good coverage and flows eveny under good temperatures. If needed, add some thinner to get even coverage.
Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Fabulous Product! Great Price!
I am using the Epifanes to refinish 1950s knotty pine walls. It is very easy to apply, the gloss is beautiful, and the finish feels as though it will be tough and resilient, not brittle. It looks rich and warm, not plastic-y