Epifanes Rapid Clear Varnish is fast and easy alternative to conventional varnishes, and can be used on interior and exterior woods above the waterline. Rapid Clear has a clear finish with no tint. It provides an enhancing UV protection film and bonds extremely well to teak and other oily woods, preventing discoloring and emphasizing the natural wood grain.
Rapid Coat varnish can be used for renewing weathered areas as a stain prior to a varnish system, or as a full system for those requiring the absolute best in a quick and easy satin finish with maximum durability U.V. protection and longevity.
Epifanes rapid varnishes can be applied without sanding between coats. Rapid refers to the fact that up to three coats can be applied in 18 hours (One every 5-6 hours in optimal conditions). Great for repairing nicks and dings in existing finishes.
Recommended Film Thickness: Per coat wet - 70 micron / Per coat dry - 25 micron
Application: Brush, roller, conventional air spray, H.V.L.P., airless
Temperature should be between 50 degree F and 85 degree F with the humidity level below 85 percent. Avoid application in too much wind or sun. A rapid loss of solvents will occur under these conditions and will decrease the flowing ability.
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Do you sand before first Rapid clear coat?
YES ! Wipe with denatured alcohol after sanding then use a tack cloth
yes sand before first lightly say 800 grit and then between subsequent coats
I sand wood to 150 grit, followed by de-whiskering with 320 stearate paper and 3M Scotch brite abrasive pads,followed by stain,if used, then build up as many coats of Rapid Coat or Rapid Clear as needed to fill the (pores) grain of the wood. Sometimes,it works well,and sometimes I mess it up with impatience.
I sand before the first coat of rapid clear. If there is a previous finish that is in good condition and nicely flat, i just lightly scuff it to remove the gloss. Epifanes recommends degreasing the surface as well.
I am making wood top table for outdoors in Houston (humid and rainy). Going to sand and distress raw wood and stain a color. Then I'm looking to use an Epifanes product to seal with a very thick clear coat. Is it best to use both Rapid Coat and Rapid Clear Varnish or only the varnish? And how many coats of one or both?
I've not had good luck with the "rapid" products for exterior use. It Blew out 2 years after application. I would use the high gloss varnish only and do 7 coats minimum.
Rapid coat has a fairly dark tint, so it is good if you want to match another piece for color or just darken a light wood, then top coat with several coats of Rapid Clear. You can adjust the tint by using more or less coats of Rapid Coat. If the wood is the color you want already, just use Rapid clear. This product is great for outdoors as it will not blister if applied correctly, but it will need a fresh top coat or two every year or two; this is easy though, no sanding is required - ever, unless you want a super finish. But then it is a semi gloss anyway, or maybe a bit glossier than semi. I like it for my sailboat's exterior teak.
can it be applied to steel?
Probably,but there are products designed for that application which may give better results.
I'm not a chemist, so please take my answer with a grain of salt...But I'm 99.9% sure you will be very disappointed with the result if you try to put this product on steel. Probably 99.999% sure.If you need a good, clear, protective coating for steel I would look into an epoxy coating.If you just have a small application, this stuff might do the trick: Google Brownell's Metal Coat Epoxy. It comes in a spray can, is used by gunsmiths.If you have a more industrial or bigger project you might see what luck you have at a Sherwin Williams store... Most of those guys are "house paint" retailers so you might nothing get a glassy eyed stare... but SW does carry a wide line of industrial coating products. Google "Sherwin Williams epoxy coating troubleshooting"Good luck!!
can it be used over a painted wood surface to protect paint finish for outside?
I have never tried that and do not know if it would work.
Varnish over paint would not be my choice for any kind of exterior protection. Better to add one or two coats of the same paint paint, with careful caulking of each crack that you see and primer over the caulk when it cures. Varnish over paint not only bonds two dissimilar materials that have different elongations when heated by the sun, but it may have problems of adhesion if the paint is acrylic. If the paint is oil, full samding and cleaning is needed prior to adding a coat of Epifanes. Even then, the improvement in appearance would be short lived unless Epifanes if re-coated on schedule. If the substrate is historical or with special decorative colors, and if the location is not in direct sun, Epiranes might greatly improve the appearance. I have seen it used for commercial decorative facades where it is attractive when kept up.
WILL W BULLOCK
Not sure, but probably if you sand the surface a little first. I used it on an exterior mahogany door I made. It worked well but that was applied to raw wood, not a painted surface. I applied 7 coats by brush with light sanding between, following thinning instructions on the can. I hope this helps. BTW, the door resides in Wyoming at 5,000 feet elevation. It gets plenty of abuse by the elements, especially punishing wind and sun.
Do not know.Have always used it over bare sealed wood.It depends on adhesion to the paint; probably should sand paint lightlyGood luck
I have only used this finish over stained wood. I don't know how it would do over paint.
could this be used on a douglas fir ceiling in an enclosed shower?
Rapid coat is darker than the clear. Should work fine But use lots of coats for best long term result.
I USE THIS PRODUCT FOR EXTERIOR DOORS ONLY. IT SHOULD WORK FOR YOUR APPLICATION AS LONG AS YOU DON'T HAVE CONSTANT WATER ON THE AREA. IT HAS HELD UP VERY WELL FOR ME. I USE 7 COATS OF RAPID CLEAR ON THE DOORS AND HAVE NOT HAD ANY PRODUCT FAILURE YET.
I don't know if this would work in an enclosed shower. I bought this item to apply to outdoor patio furniture. It has not held up as well as I thought it would.
Yes, I have it on my Doug Fir front door, it looks great. No problem with water exposure, I also use it on my boat. For it to really look great you will want at least 5 coats.
I have had Epifanes Rapid Clear on my mahogany porch for maybe six years and raiwater/snow melt puddles there for days, sometimes as long as a week, and the varnish is a month or more under ice and snow. I add a fresh brushed coat every two years after just cleaning with paper towels and soap & water. No delaminations.
Based on my experience with Rapid Clear, I would not recommend it for a high humidity area. I used it as a base coat on some exterior brightwork and then did a few top coats with Epifanes High Gloss. 2 years later it all lifted and I'm having to redo everything that I used Rapid Clear on.
Can the Rapid Coat be applied over any outdoor stain?
I have not used Rapid Coat over outdoor stains so I cannot answer that. The description of the product seems to indicate that it can be used that way but I cannot verify.
I have done it with good results, starting with raw wood and then a minwax stain.
does this product come in less than a quart can? I prefer small cans as I am only doing a toe rail?
The smallest I've seen is 750 ml., about 25 ounces, same as a wine bottle.
It also comes in 250ml & 500 ml sizes.
The Epifanes Rapid Coat and Clear Varnish only comes in 750 ml. cans which is about 12 oz ( quart is 16 oz).... nothing smaller is available that I am aware of.
As Janie stated, it comes in 750ml cans which is about 25.4 ounces (compared to a quart which is 32 ounces)...
I have used it on a restoration and have only seen it in quarts. It is a bit difficult to apply but does a nice job.
Can I buy the rapid clear in a spray can as I want to spray a wicker table and chairs which will be on my lanai in Florida? thank you , marianne
I have never seen it sold in a spray can but you could make your own using something called a PreVal sprayer kit. They are available at Home Depot and elsewhere:Search on Google.I think you would need to thin the varnish quite a bit to spray it successfully, and I'd practice on something else first.
It does not come in a spray can but it can be sprayed using the Pre-val sprayers that are sold here.
Thank you, Wayne Do you think it will work on Wicker by brushing it? Marianne
Reccomedations on sanding prior to applying Rapid Coat over epoxy on a kayak. There is not varnish just eposy want to know how much/if to sand prior to application?
I bought the rapid coat because I don't varnish. It went onto my teak hatch and hand rails. I sanded with 120 grit. You may want to samd to a finer grit just for goor adhesion.
I've never tried using Rapid Coat on an epoxy surface. If possible I'd contact the manufacturer and see if they recommend it. That said, a light sanding with 220 grit would probably suffice. You might want to start with a small area on the bottom and see if you like the overall effect. It is important to protect the epoxy from UV exposure since it will breakdown in direct sunlight.
can it be applied over another varnish?
I don't know for sure as I am using it on exterior teak which will first be stripped but I see no reason that it won't work over another varnish. The advantage of the Epifanes is that you don't have to sand between coats and therefore can do up to 3 coats per day. Google Epifanes and call them directly at their US distributor in Maine.
Sorry, I have not tried that and do not know the answer to your question.
compatibility questions are tough. I sanded whatever the previous varnish was and applied the Epifanes and it worked fine for my preserve but not perfection standards. good product.
Highly Recommded for Weathered Teak
Great Tinted Varnish for refinishing weathered wood, especially exterior wood that needs just a bit more even color added after you've done your sanding and applied a Teak Sealer as a primer. For me with Teak pieces, 2 coats of RapidCoat generally do it . Then you add Clear Varnish coats after that as needed for more UV protection without adding anymore color to the wood grain.
I have refinished numerous furniture pieces over the years but have never had the occasion to use Epifanes Rapid. We constructed a new house with a mahogany entry door and I was leery of using a spar varnish since the results are spotty at best. I reasoned that using a boat type varnish would fit the bill and decided on Epifanes. The results are amazing. I applied 4 coats thinned about 15% and couldn't be happier with the look and feel of the door. time will tell if it holds up to the weather but initial results are extremely satisfying. I also like the fact that I can re-coat without sanding which increases efficiency of the system overall. I would definitely recommend this product.
The Irish Armenian
Had 17 exterior colums with a Walnut stain to refinish that were poorly done and hadn't been touched in 6 years being exposed to California sun. Cleaned dirt with mineral spirit, filled cracks with exterior exterior wood sealer, sanded with 320, wiped with sticky rags to remove dust, wiped on American Walnut stain with old T-shirt rags. Applied first diluted Rapid coat with Epifane 1 1/2 brush. Diluted with 50% mineral spirit. Applied second coat with rapid coat, 10% diluted. Applied third and fourth coat the same. No brush marks. Although recommendation for Rapid Coat is not to dilute, I was afraid it wouldn't adhere well, hence the 50% dilution first. The 10% was needed to achieve better flow since all the surfaces were vertical. I didn't sand between coat and the results were astonishing. I am hoping that I have to recoat every two years instead of every year, but time will tell.
Acres of Varnish!
Usually requires some thinning (turpentine) and a bit of Penatrol is advised. Application of several coats of Woodfinish Gloss (no sanding between coats) followed by light sanding then two coats of the Clear (sand between them) for maximum weather protection and UV shielding. This comes close to the maximum protecion that I have seen.
Virginia beach, Virginia
I used this to build up coats on the interior of a 1959 Barbour speedboat. The boat has a lap-strake plywood hull which is not the pretiest nor smoothest wood to finish. With only 2 coats, the interior looks great! I wish I would have used this product on some other varnishing projects...it would have cut days and at least 10 coats of regular varnish.
needed to thin
i had to thin this product to use on a new front door. it was just too thick to blend quickly without drying out. I also sanded lightly between coats.
Wish I hadn't bought two quarts
This would probably be fine on a large surface that can be brushed out quickly. I used it on installed casement windows with muntins. Too many small fussy surfaces. This varnish puddled and dripped and had to be gone over and over to eliminate these before they dried. I was working in humid conditions, 70s to low 80s temperatures. After this I will use a stain of my own making and a clear urethane. I doubt that I will get the lovely color of Rapid Coat or the even coloration over the grain but I expect I'll be less aggravated.
Application was straight forward. I had no problems with runs or brush marks. Rapid Coat provided a nice amber timt to the wood that really brought out the warmth of the wood.The varnish preparation kit is an impressive one-stop solution put together by someone who has done this a time or two. Professionally packed and allows you to open the box and start working.
Willow Lake Woods
Spreads out nicely and flows together well. I did not notice any "brush marks", but a few "lap marks". This may be my technique rather than a fault of the product. I was able to add 2 coats a day without trouble. Not sanding between coats saves time and effort, but also means less dust floating in the air when I apply the new coat. I was able to put 6 coats on both sides of a hatchboard in a week (12 applications).
Mike the fixer
I have a CSY sailboat with alot of wood. I pretty much have it all done with Rapid Coat. Living in The Keys, the sun is super strong, but the Rapid Coat has proven to hold up for 9 months now. She is ready for 4 top coats that will take only a week to put on if the weather holds up.