Pettit Easypoxy Hi-Build Varnish
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Pettit Easypoxy Hi-Build Varnish

Pettit Easypoxy 2056 is a hi-build marine varnish with ultraviolet light filters for maximum protection. Often used over Epoxy Plus or where a long-lasting clear gloss natural wood finish is desired.

Hi-build varnishes create more film depth per coat applied, so you can finish your project faster without compromising finish protection. Considered a marine industry standard for its rich, traditional look, Pettit Easypoxy cures to a durable, flexible finish. It's warm, light amber hue provides that classic brightwork appearance.

It contains both UV light filters and a hindered anime stabilize to block the sun's finish-fading rays. Phenolic resin blended with tung and linseed oil for excellent abrasion resistance and high gloss.

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  • Resin: Pure Phenolic
  • Oil: Linseed/Tung
  • Oil Length: 20 gallons
  • UV Absorbers: Present
  • Solids: (theoretical) By weight- 55 +- 1%, By volume- 48 +- 1%
  • Coverage: 450 sq. ft/gal ; 125 sq. ft/qt
  • VOC: 420 g/l (3.5 lbs/gal)
  • Flash Point: 108°F
  • Application Method: Brush or Spray
  • Number of Coats:
    Bare Wood - 5 minutes
    Existing Varnish - 2 minutes
  • Dry Film Thinkness/Coat: 1.25 mils (2.6 wet mils)
  • Application Temperature: Minimum: 45°F ; Maximum: 90°F
  • Recoat Time: 16 hours at 70°F
  • Build up the base with 20% less work than a traditional varnish.
  • Contains all the benefits of UV protection and great durability.


APPLICATION INFORMATION Do not shake the varnish. Stir gently before application, being careful not to introduce air bubbles into the varnish. Easypoxy Hi-Build Varnish may be applied by brush or conventional spray. Thinning is not normally required although on very warm days use Pettit 120 Brushing Thinner at 5-10 percent by volume to ease brushing and maintain good flow and leveling. When spraying, use Pettit 121 Spraying Thinner up to 20 percent by volume. Spray an even, wet coat to minimize orange peel. Do not apply Easypoxy Hi-Build Varnish on extremely humid days or when rain is threatening. Do not apply in the late afternoon when working outdoors as the wet film may be adversely affected by dew.

Wood must be clean, dry and properly prepared prior to varnishing. When sanding wood, always sand with the grain. Use a vacuum, air hose, or tack rag to remove all traces of sanding residue. Follow all surface preparation steps carefully, avoiding shortcuts. Inadequate surface preparation will virtually assure inadequate varnish performance.

Bare Wood

1. Sand surface completely smooth with 220 grit production paper. Wipe surface to remove sanding residue with a tack rag or rag dampened with Pettit 120 Brushing Thinner.
2. Apply a coat of Pettit Paste Wood Filler Stain per the label directions to achieve a smoother finish on open grained woods such as mahogany, oak, ash, etc. Let dry overnight. If the use of a Paste Wood Filler Stain is not desired, omit step 2 and proceed to step 3 below.
3. Apply a generous covering coat of Pettit 2018 Clear Sealer. Let it dry overnight and sand thoroughly with 220 grit sandpaper. On especially rough or porous wood, a second coat of 2018 Clear Sealer may be applied. If applied, sand the second coat as well and wipe the surface clean with a tack rag or a rag dampened with Pettit 120 Brushing Thinner.
4. Apply at least five coats of Pettit 2056 Easypoxy Hi-Build Varnish. Let each coat dry overnight, sand with 220 grit sandpaper, and clean off sanding residue with a tack rag before applying the next coat.

Varnished Wood in Good Condition
1. Thoroughly sand the existing varnish with 220 grit production paper and wipe clean with a tack rag.
2. Apply at least two coats of Pettit 2056 Easypoxy Hi-Build Varnish. Let the first coat dry overnight, sand with 220 grit sandpaper and clean off sanding residue with a tack rag before applying the final coat.

Varnished Wood in Poor Condition
1. Remove all the old varnish with a paint and varnish remover or by sanding.
2. Bleach the wood if necessary to remove water stains.
3. Proceed with the system for bare wood shown above.

Bare Teak (or other woods with high oil content)
1. Sand the wood smooth with 120 grit production paper to open up the grain. Wipe the surface thoroughly with Pettit 121 Spraying Thinner in an effort to aggressively remove as much oil as possible.
2. Apply a generous coat of Pettit 2012 Super Dry Sealer. After a two to four hour dry, lightly sand the surface with 220 grit sandpaper and wipe it clean with a rag dampened with Pettit 120 Brushing Thinner.
3. Apply at least five coats of Pettit 2056 Easypoxy Hi-Build Varnish. Let each coat dry overnight, sand with 220 grit sandpaper, and clean off sanding residue with a tack rag before applying the next coat.

NOTE- It should be noted that woods with a high oil content may eventually experience adhesion problems as there is no way to totally eliminate the oil and prevent it from migrating to the surface. However, this application technique has proven successful in most circumstances.

DRY TIME   (Hours) at 70Deg F 
Set to touch  3-4 
Tack free  6-8 
Dry hard  16-20 
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

BRAND: Pettit Z-Spar
Number Of Parts: One Part
Type: Varnishes
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Cedar canoe finish over epoxy


Arrived well packaged, opening for first time a seal like an o-ring but flatter fell off the lid. I was unable to re-use it but put the lid back on each time after pouring out one days worth of varnish. The fifth opening i saw the beginnings of a skin over in the can. Pouring through a paint strainer was obviously necessary and worked fine. Now Five coats and 3/4ths of the quart, the bottom looks great! Now onto the inside... Sand and paint x 5 oh boy!




Easypoxy Hi-Build Varnish


After using several type of polyurethane on my houseboat I finally ordered Easypoxy and it has outperformed all of the other clear finishes I have tried. The west side of my boat catches direct sun in the evenings and the other finishes didn't last a full season. Easypoxy has been on two seasons and I am just now getting ready to apply a fresh coat.


Waco, TX


Well worth using this product.


I build cabinets and refinish boats. I have tried many different varnishes and have come up with this combination for both cabinets and boats. I hand rub four coats of Minwax Polly and sand that down with 120 grit sandpaper. Then I put on three coats of Hi-Build varnish and sand that down with 220 grit sandpaper. I then finish with 2015 Flagship varnish and very lightly sand that with 400 grit sandpaper. I then wax the project. This gives you a very long lasting finish and a mirror like finish. I usually get between four and six years out of doing boats this way before I need to sand and put one or two coats of 2015 flagship varnish on. As for cabinets I usually get twice that amount of time. Hope this helps you in your finishing projects.


Kalamazoo, MI


works well over old varnish if sanded


As long as you prepare the surface well ( i used steel wool) the finish will look great.

Phil B

Sparta, NJ


Worked as expected


I think this product will provide the protection I'm looking for. The uv protection is a must.




Pettit Easypoxy Hi-Build Varnish



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