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Old 15-06-2007, 04:50   #1
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EPIFANES RUBBED EFFECT VARNISH

I am currently refinishing some interior areas. I have experimented with applying a coat or two of West System Epoxy to some areas such as the companionway steps and then 5 or 6 layers of the EPIFANES RUBBED EFFECT VARNISH. It looks amazing but WILL IT LAST? Has anyone used this Epifanes product?
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i have used this product. not sure on the lifetime results since it has only been a few years. i did learn to thin it down a bit for better brush flow. i agree it looks good.
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To get the less shiny "Rubbed Effect" look on clear finishes without actually hand rubbing them (lots of work to hand rub with rotten stone or pumice) manufacturers add flattening agents which actually reduce the clarity of the product.
Multiple layers of the rubbed effect or satin product can lead to a noticeable loss in finish clarity. The finish looks "dead" with diminished wood grain. (It is like using Cetol instead of varnish. Not a bad trade off for the increased UV resistance the additives give Cetol for exterior use, but not the look you would choose for furniture or interior wood)
Usually it is recommended to do your build in gloss finish and then do the final coat or two in the satin for that soft hand rubbed look.
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I know this is not a recent thread, but this rubbed effect varnish was originally used on my 1982 Endeavour E40 and it still looks pretty darn good. I've decided to do a little touch up the interior using the same varnish..... I'd really like to completely varnish the interior but I just don't seeing me even "lightly" sanding the entire interior for a new coat......
but to answer your question, this stuff is apparently durable!
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Old 29-11-2007, 17:09   #5
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looks amazing but WILL IT LAST?
Nothing will out last UV rays. The longer it lasts the harder it is to remove when it fails. I'll swear to that. I just spent a week removing old varnish from the cockpit. This is like twin 4 inch cap rails with 18 turned spindles between them. I don't do varnish any more. http:///www.teaqua.com. Removing varnish from flat smooth surfaces is child's play compare to spindles.

It came out great. This is Asian teak and it is quite red.
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Nothing will out last UV rays. The longer it lasts the harder it is to remove when it fails. I'll swear to that. I just spent a week removing old varnish from the cockpit. This is like twin 4 inch cap rails with 18 turned spindles between them. I don't do varnish any more. http:///www.teaqua.com. Removing varnish from flat smooth surfaces is child's play compare to spindles.

It came out great. This is Asian teak and it is quite red.
Does this have a glossy finish? There is a photo of a table on their website with a very glossy finish, just wondering if that has had some additional topcoat added? Any idea on durability and ease of recoating?
BTW, I like very shiny!
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I use wood penetrating epoxy, then varnish on the exterior pieces. It should last a little longer, we'll see. But the nice thing is it seals the wood, so i don't have put 3 coats of varnish on before i start to get a finish (usually its still "soaking in) 3 coats later.
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