Epifanes clear marine spar varnish is renowned for its gloss finish and offers superior protection in all climates. Formulated with tung oil, phenolic and alkyd resins and U.V. filters for superior protection. It is an exceptional finish for wood or over traditional marine varnish clear urethane and clear epoxy resins systems.
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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.
What's included in JD Epifanes Clear Gloss Kit (CVKIT)
You could stain the wood first. Not sure if you could add a little stain in the varnish or not. I'd try a small amount first.
Answered on 4/17/2017 by JD Tech Team
Can Epiphanes traditional varnish be final coat wet sanded and compounded for a show finish on a woodie wagon? What would be the suggested process, (grits of paper and compound)? How long should the finish cure before attempting to do this work?
Yes, it can be wet sanded and buffed. I would wait at least 2 weeks or longer to insure full cure. Start with 600 wet dry and go up to 2000, or start with a higher grit if you don't have a lot to remove, then buff with a finishing compound like Total Shine.
Never used it on teak but did use it on Jatoba. A tropical wood that is also oily and very heavy. If the wood is overly oily it sometimes helps to wipe off the surface oil with acetone. Makes the surface easier tor the varnish to get a grip.
Bruce Kaplan, Ph.D. chemistry and lover of wood
Answered on 7/26/2016 by BRUCE KAPLAN from undisclosed
The clear "yellows" a bit. Never used the wood finish, nor have I treated teak. Good luck!
Answered on 7/26/2016 by DAVE MCCULLAGH from undisclosed
Epiphanes has a PU SATIN varnish and also has a very nice rubbed effect varnish. Check out their complete line at epifanes com
Answered on 6/17/2016 by Dan Gingras from undisclosed
I don't think there is any way to modify a gloss varnish to convert it into a satin, and why would you want to since there are lots of satin finish varnishes. The rheology of a well-developed finish like Epiphanes Gloss should be respected. Stick to recommended application methods and definitely use the Epiphanes reducer which has the right blend of solvents and boiling points to give good flow and leveling.
I am not aware of a satin varnish which is intended for exterior use so I guess there's a life issue involved--satins may not weather well.
Answered on 6/17/2016 by THOMAS STEARNS from undisclosed
Yes: Go to epihanes .com (remove the space) & look up clear finishes
Answered on 6/16/2016 by GARRET MOTT from undisclosed
Just add cornstarch to tone down the gloss or make it flat
Answered on 6/19/2016 by BLANE CHISM from undisclosed
What is the coverage? 1. Thinned 50/50 2. 2nd, 3rd, 4th coats
I am using it on large (8-10' tall) oak double doors at church. Thanks.
I make furniture as my hobby and use Epifanes in a wipe on finish. The number of coats depends on how much finish is absorbed by the wood. I sometimes use four coats and have used up to 8. They say that you don't have to sand between coats but I do to get a dead flat surface. Once the wood stops absorbing the finish I look at each coat after it drys. Epifanes gives a very deep looking finish so when you get the look you want, stop. Be sure to use Epifanes brush thinner. For reasons I don't understand, ordinary thinners don't work. I also use Japan dry in the mix to avoid taking days between coats.
Answered on 6/14/2016 by RICHARD CAMPBELL from undisclosed
My estimate for 5 liters Epifanes gloss varnish would be approximately 500sqft. That said, Epifanes can be applied thick or thin but one light coat by roller around 500sqft.
Answered on 5/1/2016 by THOMAS STUART from undisclosed
I really don't know. I did two coats on a cover that was 2 feet high, 48" X 54" inside and out with one quart can.
Answered on 5/12/2016 by LEE WILLIAMS from undisclosed
That would depend upon whether you were applying to bare wood, whether the wood had been sealed, whether you are on the first or fifth coat, the temperature, and your skill in applying a thick coat. And, of course, I assume your are applying more than one coat.
In other words, there is no answer to your question. Too many variables.
Answered on 5/1/2016 by ALAN SUGARMAN from undisclosed
I have an outside bar made of cedar. I need to refinish. Last time I believe I used one of your varnish products and it lasted 4 years. The area is cover but it is over water. Over the years I have applied several different products but there has been some bubbling. What would you recommend? Should I apply any primer coat since some of the early finish is still on the wood.
Bubbling of finish indicates presence of water or high humidity. Remove old varnish, then re-apply varnish. Primer not needed but be sure substrate(wood) is dry before applying.
Answered on 4/17/2016 by DARAGH CASSIDY from undisclosed
The epifanes is a great product and it should serve your purpose but it should be reapplied annually. A scuff sanding with 220 paper is usually all the prep you need for reapplication. If your original coat is spar varnish you should be able to top coat with the Epifanes if you sand first.
Answered on 4/17/2016 by TIM BREWER from undisclosed
I used Epithanes Wood Finish Gloss on my boat but want apply their regular high gloss varnish over the wood finish gloss. Do I need to sand the wood finish or simply apply the varnish if it's done within 72 hours of applying the wood finish gloss?
I sanded my canoe before applying the gloss varnish.
Answered on 4/16/2016 by ROBERT HILL from undisclosed
I usually apply additional coats without sanding within a 24-30 hour time. anything longer, I will use 220 lightly just to dull the finish.
Answered on 4/17/2016 by JERRY STAVOLA from undisclosed
Since they are very different products, I would sand - at least scuff - after the wood gloss has completely dried. While not a chemist, I believe the way the 2 will bond is mechanical, not chemical.
Have you looked at Epiphanes' website? They may have more info there - or maybe call Epiphanes directly?
Answered on 4/16/2016 by GARRET MOTT from undisclosed
Hi You should always lightly sand the varnish when dry. Use 220 grit. All you need to do is scratch the surface for the varnish to adhere too. Make sure you get all the dust with a tack cloth
Answered on 4/16/2016 by MIKE LAFRATE from undisclosed
I have never used anything but the high gloss and I always wet sand between coats. On last wet sand I used 4000. On a kitchen table after one week cure on last coat I used 3M polishing creme that is used to buff out the clear coat on cars. I used foam buffing head on slow buffer. I really had to work at it and for awhile I thought had ruined it but it came thru with a polished mirror finish. Will not do that again. On outdoor furniture I always wait longer than 72 hours & I wet sand. Don't have a boat.
Answered on 4/16/2016 by WILLIAM F. HEINS from undisclosed
I sand between all coats of varnish. You need "tooth" between layers. There are also likely to be some imperfections that a quick sand out will remove.
Answered on 4/16/2016 by MICHAEL CYR from undisclosed
what thinner do I use this for thinning as per the application instructions?
I believe it can. Just read the directions on the can
Answered on 3/23/2016 by RANDY WARNER from undisclosed
In a word (or three) I don't know. I bought this stuff thinking it'd be the best solution for coating/protecting south-facing windows on a southern California house. I sanded the windows and applied it myself but was, honestly, pretty disappointed. It wasn't two years before it started cracking. Could be my application, could be the nature of the beast, but last year I had the windows professionally sanded down and stained. The painter assured me it'd last longer, and so far, so good. I doubt this helps you, but it's all I got.
Answered on 3/23/2016 by MICHAEL DIEHL from undisclosed
It will work great
Answered on 3/23/2016 by Joe Spadaro from undisclosed
I guess it depends on the stain; if it is an oil-based stain it should do fine--I have applied it to bare mahogany and pine and to old stained and re-stained mahogany (using Petit stain) on a 1957 Chris Craft, with excellent results.
I'm not sure what "semi-transparent" means, as most stains are solid but fill only the grain and not the surface of the wood; the opacity of the color depends on how long you wait before wiping it off. "Semi-transparent" suggests a finish coat rather than a stain, although there are some "combination" products that are stain and finish.
If the stain has tung oil or linseed oil or something of that nature in the ingredients. it should be fine.
I hope this helps.
Answered on 3/23/2016 by PAUL MEADE from undisclosed
It will work great
Answered on 3/23/2016 by Joe Spadaro from undisclosed
I hate varinishing. That is why I use Epifanes. This product will last for years outside and virtually forever indoors. Varnishing is never easy. But when you have to do it, use...Read complete review
I hate varinishing. That is why I use Epifanes. This product will last for years outside and virtually forever indoors. Varnishing is never easy. But when you have to do it, use the best product available. Surface prep remains a must and every hour you spend in preparation will save you hours during the process. I recommend at least three coats for a deep, rich shine. In fact, the doors pictured below have three coats. These doors were oiled years ago and a couple had been contaminated with silicone. This is normally disaterous, but after three coats, the fisheyes were gone, the grain filled in and the surface is nearly dead flat even though I did not use any grain sealer. The gloss is outstanding! Prepare the surface, apply one coat of thinned varnish. It does not thin well with mineral spirits. Epifanes thinner works best. Then sand between coats, work the varnish in well, tip it once and let dry. Runs can be removed with a sharp chisel or scraper. The doors pictured required about 4 ouunces per door per coat, but I know I will never need to refinish them again.
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In all fairness I'm using this product to waterproof a heat shrink dacron rowing skiff. I'm finding it runs like crazy, not matter how rhink you brush it out. But it leaves a...Read complete review
In all fairness I'm using this product to waterproof a heat shrink dacron rowing skiff. I'm finding it runs like crazy, not matter how rhink you brush it out. But it leaves a very good, hard finish when it finally dries.
I like the 2 liter Epifanes varnish kit. It's a great deal with the inclusion of 2 mixing pails/pots, strainers, brushes and latex gloves, and made even better with free shipping. With the addition of all of these things, I don't believe you can beat the price Jamestown offers! I'll be ordering again soon.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
The Safety Data Sheet for this product states the product should be disposed of with household products without giving any clue as to how one is to dispose of the extra used product. They could have done a better job in informing the consumer.
Shipping is a problem. Larger cans have their lids secured by locking wedges but small cans (250 ml) are simply taped over. My shipment arrived with one can open and spilled all over the inside of the box. It was a nightmare to unpack and clean up the rest of the cans for use. When I complained to Jamestown, I was ignored. Not good customer service or attention to detail. Maybe their product is great but if it arrives in unusable condition, what have you gained.