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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.
Go for Two! Our new JD Epifanes Clear Gloss Kit (CVKIT) includes two 1000ml cans of varnish, 2 foam brushes, 2 paint strainers, 2 stir sticks, and 2 plastic paint pails. This is a great value. You save on the varnish and receive brushes, strainers, and pails for free!
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)
2 containers of CV1000 (2000 ml of varnish)
2 foam brushes
2 stir sticks
Be sure to read all safety information on the label and in the SDS (safety data sheet) before using this product. Keep out of reach of children. Keep away from heat, sparks, open flames, and hot surfaces. No smoking. Do not breathe dust, fumes, gas, mist, vapors, or spray. Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves, protective clothing, eye protection, face protection, and a proper respirator.
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How do you pronounce Epifanes
That's probably one of the most commonly mispronounced names in the marine industry! Not sure how to spell it phonetically but here's how it sounds to me: Eh peh fawn es
Can this be used for UV protection over west system epoxy? What is the surface prep for coating west system epoxy with epifanes? Want to UV protect strip canoe made with west system epoxy. thanks
After the epoxy has cured, wash with water to remove any amine blush, sand with 220 grit, clean with acetone then apply the varnish.
Does high-gloss Epifanes spar varnish yellow over time?
Rick,I have had this varnish on several items that are kept outside, often infull sun. None of them have yellowed in the several years since I coatedthem.I've tried several brands of varnish, seeking something that protects andlasts. So far this is the best I've found. The ONLY drawback to it is thatit's expensive, especially when you add in the hazmat shipping costs.-- Loren
No. I use the varnish outdoors on my home's wood trim. Two or three coats lasts 2-3 years before it cracks and needs repair. The sun light does not cause any discoloration. I love the shiny appearance over mahogany stain on molding and fir (?) fascia boards as well as treated pine deck rails. Maybe a few more coats would last longer. I also use it indoors in a stone shower over stained thin strips of wood trim. The varnish needs "updating" after about a 12-18 months of daily soap/water/cleaner abuse. And I use it on indoor stained wood trim around windows, floor boards, etc. - this has lasted for many years (10?) without any touchups. I highly recommend Epifanes! Sorry, no marine experience.
Percentage of thinner first coat and up to 7 coats
There is no specific percentage of thinner for each coat. It is more based on the material you are applying it to as to how absorbent it is. I would start out with 20% and see how the material flows. What you want spread without runs. The thinner will allow you to spread it out thinner.
We use two units of Epifanes to two units of thinner and one of boiledlinseed oil. We are using it on out door furniture as recommended by theNYTimes many years ago.
Hey When I use this on teak I start with about 50% thinner for the first coat and 30% for the second and 20% third coat they I go to pure Epifane . seams to get a great adhesion this way. I have lot's of teak on my boat including the cockpit sole . I usually do a touch up coat once a year. God luck with your project
Howdy Bob,Here are the thinner percentages that I used by coat.First coat: 50%Second coat: 25%Third coat: 15%Fourth coat: 7%Fifth coat: 0%Sixth coat: 0%Seventh coat: 0%Eighth coat: 0%I can't recall how I came up with that recipe but I am very pleased with the result.Good luck!TS
Epifanes recommends 50% first coat, 25% next, then 15% third and after that 0 to 5%.
JD Tech Team
I have a totally sanded exterior wood door. Do I have to lightly sand between each coat if dry, or can I apply 3 to 4 coats in a 24 hour period without sanding (preferred)?
You have to start with a mixture 50/50 (at least) mineral spirits, for first coat, maybe even thinner depending on what type of wood. Let it dry completely, Sand with steel wool or scotchbrie pad . tThen go to 60/40 mix and th same . Then maybe 80/20 mix before full strength. The process takes time, but it's the best way to get your varnish to adhere.Good luck and I hope your door comes out nice,R. Hills
This product can not be over coated at this rate. The first coat should be thinned as directed, and then the product really needs to cure and be sanded between coats. This resin system is not designed for quick overcoating.
JD Tech Associate
I believe you can do what you describe. I heard that from a professional varnisher at the Port Townsend wooden boat festival.
Is this an appropriate product for a rudder and daggerboard of a sailboat? If it is, would I use it alone on the sanded wood?
This product would be fine for a daggerboard and rudder, but after use you would want to pull both of these components off. Being proactive by fixing any scratches or damaged areas that come up sooner than later will help preserve them better, and maintain better service life of the varnish. Apply the product as directed to bare sanded wood, and you will want to thin it with the appropriate thinner for the best application.
JD Tech Associate
What method do you recommend to prevent stored varnish from "gelling" due to oxidation? I have tried decanting to smaller containers to reduce the amount of air, but wonder if pouring it off just increases contact with the oxygen in the air. The varnish still turns to jello top to bottom after a few weeks. For partially full cans, I have had some luck with introducing propane from a canister into the can before quickly putting on the lid.
Dave the knave
I simply turn can over after opening. Keeps gelling from happening for awhile.
Fill can with propane.
Decanting into smaller containers will help reduce the oxygen, and the less are in the can, the longer it will last before skinning. We also sell Bloxygen, which is argon in a spray can, that is meant to displace the air in the can, and prevent oxidation--it's odd because it feels so light that you would think the whole can would float in air. Some people have had great luck with that. Personally, I have bought varnish in small units. Instead of buying a CV1000, get 2 x CV500 cans. It's more expensive for sure, but less waste, and smaller containers to manage, not to mention you aren't spending any other $ on methods to preserve it.
JD Tech Associate
Can this product be applied to outdoor furniture with commercial airless sprayer.
Harry: I never have but I'm sure it can be done, you would need a fine tip,perhaps a .007 and don't load it up, it will sag and that's hard to pullout as it sets quick. If you're trying to build this stuff and walk you'redefeating the purpose I think. After a lot of years I've finally figuredout that if I use this product EXACTLY as recommended and that's 5-6 coatsspread out over a week or more depending on the humidity, I can guaranteemy customer won't have to touch it for three to four years or maybe longerdepending on the exposure other than annual cleaning with soap and water.The only variation I make is that I do use SW Mineral Spirits R7K15 to thinit with.Jerry
I've never tried spraying epifanes. Experiment, should work ok
I can only say that I have used an HVLP sprayer with good results. Follow the thinning instructions on the can and try it on a test piece. The worst that can happen is you wasted some varnish and some clean up time. The experience will be more valuable than the time you spend wondering if it will work.
I am not sure why it would not work. Thin with TPVB500 or TPVB1000 (500 ml or 1000 ml).
JD Tech Associate
Can you use a roller and still have a smooth finish. If so what size nap?
Yes, you can use a foam roller, and tip it with a brush to smooth out any bubbles.
JD Tech Team
I'm restoring a 1930 home with a large covered front porch. I have stripped the floor (tongue and groove pine) It will be professionally sanded. Can this product be used? If so what application method would be best for a large flat surface? Can it be rolled or applied with a similar pad used for interior floor finishing?
You can use this on the floor. It is a little on the thick side and is best thinned a little with their Epifanes brush thinner and it can be rolled.
JD Tech Team
Over 100 years of consistent quality
I was told that varnish would never hold up on a porch floor in New Jersey weather then I found Epifanes paints and varnishes. I followed their recommendations for application and gave it a try. That was 6 years ago and it just took a little light sanding and a fresh coat to bring it back to looking great. Definitely worth the price and time.
New Providence, New Jersey
I would use again
Used it to finish oak threshold ( house, not boat). With badger hair brush and 4 coats total looks good no brush strokes .Dont know how it compares to other marine varnish
Newport Beach, ca
Went on very nice
I stained red oak boards for the bed of my 1958 chevy pickup then varnished with Epifanes. It went on very smooth and I waited 24 hours to sand in between each coat, there is 24 sq ft of wood so I was able to get 5 coats out of 1 qt. I used the Epifanes thinner to thin the first 3 coats. I used a Badger brush and for a change didn't have one hair left in the varnish.
Hard to beat
Stripped & refinished all exterior teak -10 coats. A lot of work as they say but the Epiphanes is easy to work with. It's the only varnish used on high end boats & Hinckleys locally
Good substitute for pure tung
Our old house has heart pine floors. I finished them decades ago with pure tung oil. The floors can use touch-up on scratches but pure tung has been hard to find. Epiphanes seems to be a good option, thinned to prevent it hardening in the can so it can be used a bit at a time. I transferred the thinned mixture to a metal can with screw cap (like synth gas chain saw mix comes in). Because Epiphanes hardens so sturdily I coated the inside of the cap and can's spout with Vaseline to make the cap easier to unscrew.
The best varnish ever!
As a kid, I learned how to varnish from my father who was a wooden boat nut. I can not think of a summer day that he didn't have a brush in his hand.Now 50 years later (ouch) I am working on my own boat projects and put my childhood skills to use. Not until I found this amazing varnish was I able to get the perfect results I seek. I use an epoxy roller on the bigger surfaces and follow that with a lightly held brush to break up and bubbles left by the roller. The marks settle out to a perfectly smooth surface as if it was sprayed. Not only are the results better than any varnish I have used, but this varnish if fun to use, it is so silky smooth.
I have used this product multiple times.
I've used this on a front door, a swing and an outdoor table. It is, in my opinion, the best marine varnish available.
Gold standard -tough to beat
Very easy to use, flows well. A small amount of Interlux 333 in the final coats makes it even smoother. All the local pros around here use
Hilton Head SC
I have been using this varnish for over thirty years for a reason. It does a very good job