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Our search for the ideal wood finish-relatively easy to apply, easy to maintain, lasts multiple seasons, and is affordable-began in 2007 when we took a look at the different types of exterior wood finishes on the market, their pros and cons, and how easy they were to apply ( one-part varnishes , August 2007; varnish alternatives , October 2007; two-part varnishes , December 2007; teak oils and stains , April 2008). Launched in 2008, the long-term panel test aimed to determine which type of coating offers the best and longest protection and which products stand out among their peers.

We hope the comparison enables readers to decide which finish best matches their own taste, potential labor investment, and wood protection needs.

We’ve rated the test products every six months and reported on the coatings durability in the May 2009 issue ( six-month checkup ), December 2009 issue ( 12 months ), and January 2011 ( 18 months ) issues. Here, we offer the two-year report on the survivors.

How We’re Testing the Marine Varnishes

Testers applied dozens of exterior wood finishes (22 one-part varnishes, six two-part varnishes, 18 synthetics and satins/varnish alternatives, and eight teak oils and sealers) to small panels of bare solid teak. Each was assigned a number for blind judging and was applied per manufacturers instructions. If makers gave a range for the number of coats to apply, testers went with the minimum.

Initial testing rated each products ease of application and original gloss and reflective qualities. In the summer of 2008, the test panels were mounted on a wooden rack (aka: The Rack), which was set up in an unobstructed area on the roof of the PS workshop in Sarasota, Fla., to ensure that all panels received the same amount of weather exposure. The top part of each panel was covered to create a control area that testers used for comparison over time. Every six months, we disassembled The Rack and rated the panels on how well their coating integrity, gloss, and color had fared over time with constant exposure to the elements.

The test was designed as an endurance test, a fight to the finish, so we have not done any maintenance coats or touch-ups to the test panels. These products can be expected to have much longer lifespans if they are regularly maintained.

How We’re Rating the Marine Varnishes

Testers rate each panel on three long-term performance criteria: coating integrity, gloss retention, and color retention. Excellent and Good coating integrity ratings mean that no maintenance is needed; a Fair indicates that its time for a maintenance coat; Poor means the fat lady has sung, and the coating would need to be removed and re-applied. Excellent ratings are given only to those with an uncompromised coating. This time, panels with Poor and Fair- coating integrity were pulled from the test.

Color and gloss retention ratings are relative to the panels original finish. Initial gloss and ease of application are relative to the field within each coating category; these were assigned immediately after the panels were coated.

It was tougher to pick Recommended coatings at the two-year mark, as most wood finishes aren’t intended to go that long without maintenance. One-part varnishes that earned PSs recommendation this go-round were rated Fair for coating integrity (none rated better than Fair ) and had no Poor ratings. Recommended two-part systems rated Good or better for coating integrity with no Poor ratings. No varnish alternatives or teak oils/sealers were recommended at two years.

VALUE GUIDE: Varnish Alternatives

Epifanes Rapidclear$26/ quartPoorPoorFairFairGoodFairExcellentClear/satin
Interlux Sikkens Cetol Marine (alone)$25/ quartFairN/AFair+ExcellentN/AGoodExcellentOpaque amber/ matte
Interlux Sikkens Cetol with Marine Gloss$25/ quart (Gloss $28)Fair+PoorGoodExcellentExcellentGoodGoodOpaque amber; clear overcoat/ Satin
Interlux Sikkens Cetol Marine Light (alone)$25/ quartFairN/AFairGood+N/AFairExcellentOpaque light amber/ matte
Interlux Sikkens Cetol Marine Light with Marine Gloss$25/ quart (Gloss: $28)Fair+PoorGoodExcellentExcellentGoodGoodOpaque amber; clear overcoat/ satin
Interlux Sikkens Cetol Natural Teak with Marine Gloss$26/ quart (Gloss: $28)Fair-FairPoorGoodGoodFairGoodGolden-translucent, clear overcoat/ satin
Le Tonkinois Bio Impression with VernisN/AFairPoorFairGoodFairFairGoodWarm, dark amber/ high gloss
West Marine WoodPro Plus Semi-Gloss$30/ quartPoorPoorFairFairFairFairGoodClear/ satin
WoodPlus Marine Natural$21/ quartFair-PoorPoorGoodGoodFairExcellentReddish brown/ low gloss
Ace Spar Varnish Gloss 16373$13/ quartFair-Fair-GoodGoodGoodGoodExcellentGood
Coelan (with primer)$145/ kitFair-FairFair-ExcellentExcellentGoodGoodExcellent
Deft Defthane Poly Satin$13/ quartFair-PoorFair-ExcellentGoodGoodExcellentFair
Detco Crystal$41/ quartGood-FairFair-GoodGoodGoodFairGood
Epifanes Clear High Gloss$27/ quartFair-Fair-GoodExcellentExcellentGoodGoodExcellent
Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss$36/ quartFairPoorFairExcellentExcellentGoodGoodExcellent
HMG K Type Varnish$30/ literPoorPoorPoorExcellentGoodFairGoodExcellent
Interlux Goldspar CllearN/AFair+Fair-Fair+GoodExcellentGoodGoodExcellent
Interlux Jet SpeedN/AFairPoorFairFairFairGoodExcellentExcellent
Interlux Schooner$23/ quartFair+Fair-PoorGood+GoodFairGoodGood
Le Tonkinois No. 1$35/ literFair-PoorFairFairFairGoodExcellentExcellent
Le Tonkinois Vernis$33/ literFair+Fair-Fair+ExcellentFairGoodExcellentExcellent
Minwax In/Outdoor Helmsman Spar Urethane$17/ quartFairFairPoorGoodGoodFairExcellentExcellent
Pettit Bak V-Spar 2053N/AFair-PoorPoorFairPoorFairExcellentExcellent
Pettit Z-Spar 2015 Flagship$30/ quartFairFairFairGoodExcellentGoodExcellentExcellent
Pettit Z-spar Captain's Ultra Clear 2067$30/QuartFair+FairFairExcellentGoodFairExcellentExcellent
Pettit Z-Spar Captain’s 1015 Traditional Amber$28/ quartFair-PoorFairExcellentGood+GoodGoodGood
Pettit Z-Spar Captain’s EZ Care 1016 (Woolsey)N/AFairFair-GoodGoodGoodGoodExcellentGood
West Marine 5-Star Premium$32/ quartFair-PoorFairExcellentGoodFairGoodExcellent
Bristol Finish, Traditional Amber$70/ kit (1 quart)PoorFairGoodFairExcellentGoodExcellentExcellent
HMG Acrythane XSC$45/ literFairGoodFair+Good+ExcellentGoodGoodGood
Honey Teak with overcoat$2/ sq. ft.Fair-GoodFairFairGoodGoodExcellentExcellent
Interlux Perfection$60/ kit (1 quart)ExcellentExcellentGoodExcellentExcellentGoodGoodExcellent
Nautiking NautiThane$120/ kit (1 quart)GoodGood-GoodExcellentExcellentGoodExcellentGood
Smith Five-Year ClearN/AGoodGoodFairGood+ExcellentGoodGoodExcellent

What We Found

What a difference a season makes! With the exception of a few two-part products, the test coatings had lost their sparkle at the two-year mark. Ratings slipped across the board. The UV abuse had obviously taken its toll, sucking the life out of most of the coatings, particularly the clear finishes.

Those clinging to life with Fair coating integrity are still protecting the wood, but they’ve lost their looks. In the real world, all of the one-part varnish and varnish alternative test panels would be due for a maintenance coat, and some-like HMG K Type Varnish, West Marine WoodPro Plus (rebranded Epifanes Rapidclear), and Ace Spar Varnish-would be overdue.

The biggest overall decline was within the one-part varnish test group: Not a single one rated better than Fair for coating integrity or gloss retention, and nearly half of the test field was retired after this rating round. Just six months before, eight of the 19 products rated Good for coating integrity and six rated Good for gloss retention. In 12 months, seven dropped from an Excellent coating integrity to a Fair.

The one-part varnishes offering the most protection after two years are Detco Crystal, Le Tonkinois Vernis, and Pettits Z-Spar Captains 2067. However, their extended protection comes with tradeoffs: Detco rated only Fair for application, Le Tonks gloss started to slip after one year, and Pettits 2067 started losing its original color after 12 months.

One hardware store varnish has surprisingly held its own over the long haul: Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane. At half the cost of the Recommended one-part varnishes, Minwax slacked in the color retention department, but it has proven its multi-season durability.

Four of the nine varnish alternatives have been voted off The Rack after two years, and none performed well enough to earn our recommendation for two-year wood protection.

Interlux Perfection marine varnish

The Cetol products are still at the head of the pack, albeit a somewhat mangy-looking pack. The cloudy, opaque look of the Cetol Marine and Marine Light products may not appeal to everyone, but the fact they’ve maintained their color for more than a year is a good example that higher-solids finishes tend to offer better UV protection.

The Cetol Natural (with gloss) test panel fell from a Good coating integrity six months ago to being dropped from testing. Its performance mirrors what we’ve seen in the field: Give it a little loving once a year with a scrubby pad and a fresh coat, and it’ll last the long haul.

Its taken two years, but the two-part varnishes are finally starting to show their age. Surprisingly, the first products to be dropped from this group are two that performed well in past PS tests: Bristol Finish and Honey Teak. This is likely because the life of a wood finish in Florida is always going to be shorter than in our past test locales in New England.

The other two-parts are still holding up well, with Interlux Perfection and Nautiking Nautithane offering uncompromised protection and better-than-expected gloss after 24 months. Perfection has been reformulated since the test began and is now sold as Perfection Plus.

The temporarily discontinued (since 2009) Smiths Five Year Clear has also proven to be a top-notch finish, but its not available at this time.

While HMG Acrythane XSC didn’t earn our Recommendation this time, it was a top 18-month finish, it still looks good, and it costs less than the Nautithane.

Conclusions About Exterior Varnishes

After two years of testing, we’ve come to accept that perhaps there’s no Holy Grail of exterior wood finishes. It would appear, unfortunately, that we can’t have it all: easy to apply, easy to maintain, long-lasting protection, and a budget-friendly price tag. The reality is that, like much in life, wood protection is all about compromise and balancing your needs with your wants.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, and the boat owner who finds gratification in the wet, glossy look of a two-part varnish borne of painstaking preparation and careful application will weigh our test data much differently than the one who regards brightwork maintenance as a masochistic endeavor. For the latter, we recommend seeking out a varnish alternative (easy to apply, easy to maintain) that suits your tastes. With modest maintenance, the Cetol products with gloss overcoats have proven to be the most durable.

For areas where slippery-when-wet coatings wont do, Cetol Natural (without gloss overcoat) or our top-pick teak oil, Star brites Tropical Teak Sealer (classic teak) should be considered. The Star brite will need to be reapplied every three or four months.

If you’re looking for a harder, more abrasion-resistant finish that’ll make it past the year mark, check out the top one-part varnishes like Detco Crystal or Pettits Z-Spar Captains 2067. Boat owners in sailing areas that see less sunshine than our Florida test site should also consider Pettits Flagship 2015 or Captains 1015. One-part varnishes require a little more work upfront and quick attention when they are scratched or dinged, but they also offer a more traditional, high-gloss look. The one-part varnishes in our test slipped dramatically after a year and half, so we suggest an annual maintenance coat, whether they look like they need it or not.

As this test has shown, when it comes to long-lasting protection and gloss, two-part varnishes just can’t be beat. They may be a pain to apply-and should you let the coating fail, you had better invest in a heat gun-but their durability is unmatched.

The top two-part after two years of testing was Interlux Perfection. Because we’ve not yet tested the reformulated Perfection, the top pick honors go to Nautikings Nautithane. While its price tag ($120 per quart kit) is a bit hard for most of us to swallow, Nautithane earned across-the-board Good ratings after two years.

The Best Marine Varnish: Exterior Wood Finish Tests

Practical Sailor often supplements panel testing with product challenges aboard our test boats to see whether top products still earn their keep in the real world and to try out new products. Two such evaluations are our exterior wood finish tests.

In the January 2011 issue, we introduced a head-to-head matchup of varnish alternatives—market-newcomer PolyWhey from Vermont Natural Coatings versus perennial favorite Interlux’s Sikkens Cetol Natural Teak—that had been applied to our Cape Dory 25 test boat. For that test, we’ve just let nature run its course: no band-aid touchups, no maintenance coats, no freshwater rinses, no TLC at all.

Comparatively, we’ve been testing Cetol Natural aboard our Chesapeake Bay-based Union 36 test boat, where it was laid on with the Cetol gloss overcoat in 2008; in this evaluation, testers have applied annual maintenance coats and given the coating regular TLC. Here’s the latest on both of these tests:

PolyWhey vs. Cetol Death Match

The Best Marine Varnish: Exterior Wood Finish Tests

In the fall of 2010, testers applied three coats of Caspian Clear PolyWhey to the coamings and companionway trim on the Cape Dory, which is sailed several times a week and lives on a mooring in Sarasota Bay, Fla. We also applied Cetol Natural to the boat’s toerail, and previously had applied it to the tiller and forward hatch trim.

PolyWhey is a unique wood finish that uses whey protein, a by-product of the cheesemaking process, as a binder. It’s touted as a more eco-friendly and more sustainable coating than petroleum-based polyurethanes, which can have up to 75 percent more volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Consistently among the top varnish alternatives in PS’s tests, Cetol Natural is not as muddy-looking as its predecessors, Cetol Marine Light and Cetol Marine—like the Caspian Clear, it allows the wood’s natural grain to show and has a low gloss.

As far as application, both the Cetol and PolyWhey are quick and easy to apply, with much shorter recoat times than hard varnishes and less (or no) sanding between coats. The main difference that we found in these two finishes was with durability.

The PolyWhey turned out to be a much softer coating than the Cetol. It held up for about two months, but after three months, it was in need of a recoat, and at six months, it needed a total takedown—and Cetol had emerged as the death-match victor.

The PolyWhey on the coaming was the first to go: Where crew backs often lean against the wood, the finish was all but gone after four months. The PolyWhey on the companionway slides held on for about that long, but by six months, they were ready for a do-over as well.

The Cetol on the toerail was in need of a few touchups after six months, mostly in areas where fenders and docklines came in contact with it. But the tiller and hatch trim were still fairly well-protected almost a year after application. Although we’d recommend a maintenance coat at this point, testers plan to see how many more months we can eek out of the coating before we reach the point of no return.

Bottom line : We applaud VNC’s efforts to offer a “green” wood finish—and their creative recycling of dairy industry “trash”—but we can’t recommend it over Cetol for an exterior coating in the marine environment.

The Best Marine Varnish: Exterior Wood Finish Tests

Cetol with Overcoat

Testers applied three coats of Cetol Natural with Cetol Marine Gloss overcoat to the Union in March 2008. Once a year, we scuff it up with a 3M pad, give it a freshwater rinse, and brush on a maintenance coat.

Compared to a clear, glossy varnish, it looks decent and the maintenance regimen is more realistic for our tastes and available time. However, one downside to softer, varnish alternative coatings—even those with an overcoat—is that they don’t stand up as well as hard finishes to dings and abrasion. Example: The Union’s toerail has one place in need of touching-up where a fender line wore away the finish. (See photo above.)

Bottom line : The Cetol Natural with overcoat has held up very well. While applying the topcoat may mean added effort, both our panel tests and test-boat evaluations have shown that the coating will last much longer and need fewer bandaids if the soft Cetol is protected with the semi-hard topcoat.

Teak oils and other naturally based finishes like PolyWhey, need maintenance coats every few months. Their chemical cousins, however, like Cetol, have proven they can offer good protection with only annual nurturing and the occasional touchup.

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I’m surprised you didnt include Alwood from Awlgrip

Search Awlwood on the website. We have a couple reports. October 2014 (chandlery), and June 2015 issues. Download the PDFs, because the tables haven’t been loaded online yet. It is broadly comparable to Sikkens Cetol.

opps, Awlwood not alwood

All very interesting……The “bottom line” is just flush the line in fresh water.

Thank you for the great info. I am going order year of Practical Sailor.

What is your opinion of covering a 2 part varnish with a one part?

It is certainly a comprehensive test. I’ve taken the journey of sticking with one of your “good” one part varnishes, Epiphanes Wood Finish gloss 10 coats with Epiphanes final two matte finishes. I’ve been quite impressed with it over the past 8 years on both my Cape Dory Typhoon and my Alberg 30. My conclusion is, read your directions carefully and be patient through all phases of application. Teak requires a caregiver! Great read especially during this pandemic period.

Great review. Your test is useful for me because I want to buy but dont know which product is the best. I must say that I like all of those mentioned above and price is really cheap. It’s always good to hear other input.

You missed out Pettit’s Gold, a water-based varnish. I have used it, and it’s great. For long life? Too soon to tell. Cetol has mostly been a disaster, especially with the Gloss overcoat. Applying Cetol can be tantamount to vandalism.

That’s really nice post. I appreciate your skills. Thanks for sharing.

Did you continue with testing to date, I am after a product that want yellow or bloom because of constant direct sunlight. I am in the North West of Australia where the temp at it’s coolest is 30+ Celsius for a couple of months and peeks over 50 + Celsius for a lot more than the couple of cooler months.

I use Rust-Oleum 207008 Spar Varnish. So much better than those water-based varnishes. This stuff protects almost forever. We used to use this kind of spar varnish in the Navy to protect the woodwork exposed to salty air.

The Interlux Varnish became my favorite varnish on teak fixtures when I tried it out 2 years ago. This is because of the immense difference it makes in the way it lends my pulpit or anything made of teak with a sophisticated, good-as-new finish.

It’s strange that you call out Pettit Z-Spar Captains 2067 as a top performer in the conclusions, but it’s not shown in the chart. Those Pettit products that are included in the chart don’t appear to be top performers. I’m confused.

After less than a year the Bristol finish I used on my boat looks terrible and will have to be removed. The folks at Bristol are absolutely no help at all. Their disclaimer is that they know nothing about boats. I most strongly advise against using this product for marine application. I have photos taken immediately after application, two months after, and eight months after if anyone is interested. By the way, the problem manifested on well prepped old teak and well prepped new teak. Could have just been a bad batch of finish but as I said, the folks at Bristol were no help. I ADVISE AGAINST USING BRISTOL FOR MARINE APPLICATIONS

I’m certain that the analysis of marine varnish was expensive and time consuming but one area that could benefit many subscribers if it was conducted continuously. Practical Sailor is the only place that I can rely on for accurate, up-to-date information on the products I need and use.

This is an important maintenance topic to me. Maintaining brightwork is a lot of labor. This article was last updated in June 2020. I would appreciate an update. I have been using Epifanes clear high gloss varnish for the last five seasons. It gives a good finish but it needs to be touched up one a year even though my boat is under cover for six months of the year. I sail on Lake Erie.

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What’s the Best Varnish for Your Yacht?

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Varnishing your yacht is an essential part of its care and maintenance. The benefits are twofold: yacht varnish protects your boat from the elements, while also giving it a beautiful shiny finish. But with so many different yacht and marine varnishes to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one is best for your boat.

In this article, we’ll run through some of the most popular types of yacht varnish on the market to help you choose the right option.

What is Yacht Varnish?

Yacht varnish is an extremely durable solvent-based coating that is designed to protect the wood that yachts are made of and stop it decaying over time. Most varnishes are made up of a penetrating oil, resin and solvent. Although most yacht varnish is applied with a brush, it is possible to buy yacht varnish spray.

Different Types of Yacht Varnish Finish

There are many different types of finish to choose from, so you’ll need to know a little about them to decide which is the best yacht varnish for you.

 What’s the Best Varnish for Your Yacht?

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Yacht Varnish Brands

There are various brands that produce yacht varnish. Here are a couple of the most popular:

Screwfix Yacht Varnish

Screwfix is a retailer in the UK that sells a variety of products, including hardware and building supplies. They may carry different brands and types of yacht varnish. Yacht varnish provides resistance to water, UV rays, and other environmental elements. Yacht varnishes often contain additives to enhance their durability and performance in marine conditions.

Ronseal Yacht Varnish

A durable, long-lasting marine varnish for wood that flexes with the movement of the wood and resists peeling and cracking. This varnish is slightly more pricey than the Screwfix varnish, but gets great reviews. You can buy the Ronseal brand of yacht varnish in B&Q and other retailers.

How to Varnish Your Yacht

Varnishing a yacht is fairly straightforward, if a little time-consuming. First you’ll need to carefully sand down the entire surface that you want to varnish to get it looking smooth. Then use a soft brush to wipe off any excess dust and debris, since you don’t want it getting trapped in the varnish.

Finally, use a paintbrush to coat the yacht with varnish. Leave it to dry for the recommended amount of time on the tin, then apply additional coats as required. Always check the instructions of your varnish type, and if unsure consult with an expert before starting.

Yacht varnish is solvent-based and contains toxic chemicals, which means it should not be used for varnishing animal enclosures (for example, rabbit hutches or reptile enclosures).

  • What is yacht varnish used for? Yacht varnish is used for sealing and protecting wood on boats and yachts. It is also commonly used for outdoor items such as wooden doors, window frames or pergolas.
  • What type of varnish is yacht varnish? Yacht varnish is a solvent-based outdoor varnish that is extremely durable. It is usually made up of tung oil and polyurethane resin. 
  • What is the best varnish to use on a boat? The type of varnish that is best for your boat will depend on the type of wood your boat is made from and the finish you are looking for. Tung oil varnish is a safe bet for most boats, or you may prefer to use a one-part polyurethane varnish for added durability.
  • What is the difference between yacht varnish and outdoor varnish? In general, yacht varnish dries quicker and is designed for marine conditions, so it’s likely to be more durable than outdoor varnish. However, yacht varnish is unlikely to have an anti-slip formulation, making it unsuitable for decking around the home.

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Best boat varnish: 7 top options for gleaming woodwork

  • Drew Maglio
  • October 13, 2022

Different varnishes do different jobs. Understanding their properties will help you decide what's the best boat varnish for your woodwork. Drew Maglio explains all...


Few things are as quintessential to the archetypal sailboat as gleaming, iridescent woodwork that is indicative of a recent coat with one of the best boat varnish products on the market.

Choosing a product and methodology to apply marine varnish to achieve such results is not as simple as it would seem at first glance however, and this guide aims to make the whole process easier for novice and seasoned boat-owners alike.

First things first, what exactly is boat varnish? Put simply, varnish is a chemical solution of three parts which includes a penetrating oil, resin, and solvent.

Boat varnish for exterior use, aka. “spar varnish” — aptly named because it was designed and envisioned as a flexible protective coating to protect a yacht’s wooden spar in the harsh (outdoor) marine environment — both protects and beautifies a vessel’s wood parts.

It does so by sealing the wood with a somewhat hard, yet flexible, clear protective barrier that can last up to three years of UV and element exposure in temperate climates for the most durable two-part product formulations.

These days, most high-end boat varnishes use tung oil and an alkyld or polyurethane resin. Of the two types of resin, polyurethane — either one or two part — is going to be much more durable and resistant to UV, abrasion, fuel/solvent spills, and impacts.

While a two-part product cannot be applied over a one-part product, a two-part product is going to last much longer and be far more durable. Hence for high traffic areas like cabin soles, a two-part polyurethane product cannot be beat for longevity and durability.

Boaters should be aware that the most onerous task of applying boat varnish is the surface prep, which requires removing all flaking previous coatings by sanding, washing with solvent to degrease the surface, in addition to taping nearby areas to keep the varnish off.

Because of that, I highly recommend using quality products over cheaper, lower cost options which will mean your boat needs revarnishing far more often.

International Perfection Plus two-part varnish

Best polyurethane boat varnish

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International Perfection Plus is a well-known two-pot polyurethane

International Perfection Plus (sold in the US under the Interlux brnad) is arguably the best overall marine spar varnish on the market. This two-part polyurethane formulation is not only the most aesthetically spectacular, but also the most durable and longest lasting when exposed to UV.

This two-part product is applied to bare wood after careful sanding and degreasing and can be rolled/brushed or sprayed. It uses a proprietary Interlux thinner and one’s results will be excellent if one follows the recommended procedures to the “t.”

Of all the boat varnish products on this list, this two-part product is probably the least DIY-friendly.

Reasons to buy

• Most durable marine varnish in terms of hardness and flexibility • Best UV resistance • Most beautiful (glossy) varnish if applied properly • Hardness and longevity makes it a prime contender to redo cabin soles and floor boards (after proper surface prep)

Reasons to avoid

• Difficult application for inexperienced laymen • Expensive

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Epifanes clear varnish.


Epifanes Clear Varnish includes tung oil and alkyd

Epifanes offers quality marine paints and varnishes at reasonable prices and their Clear High Gloss Varnish is no exception. With 64% solids content (tung oil) and an alkyd base, this varnish is sure to be brilliant in terms of gloss with reasonable durability and longevity.

With one-part alkyd products, boat owners can expect up to two years of protection before maintenance is required if left out in the elements year-round. This product can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed.

• Affordable, quality one-part product • High solids content results in very glossy finish • Relatively easy to apply and achieve satisfactory results

• Not as much UV protection as other offerings • Not as impact or abrasion-resistant as other offerings

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International Paints are also sold in the US under the Interlux brand

International Schooner Premish Varnish

A traditional marine spar varnish — albeit a good one — is Interlux’s Schooner Varnish.

With an alkyd base, 47% of tung oil solids, and UV inhibitors to boot, this product is a well-balanced one-part product that is suitable for a variety of uses. This product can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed.

• Affordable, quality one-part product • Well-balanced product in terms of UV protection and solids content • Relatively easy to apply and achieve satisfactory results

• More expensive than Epifanes • Not as impact or abrasion-resistant as some other offerings • Not as much UV protection as some other offerings

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Total Boat Lust High Gloss Marine Varnish

Best value boat varnish

In recent years, Total Boat has become very popular offering products comparable—and sometimes superior—to the “big three” of Interlux, Petit, and Epifanes, at a fraction of the cost and their “Lust High Gloss Marine Varnish” is no exception. This one-part formulation uses linseed oil and a modified polyurethane base.

• Very affordable one-part proper “marine” varnish • Does not require sanding • Comes in matte for those seeking a satin finish • One-hour re-coat time

• Tends to cure quicker than most varnishes and therefore can cure before properly “flowing out” • Requires 6-8 coats

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Cetol Marine Wood Finish

Best boat varnish for external teak

Cetol has been making alternative wood finishes for a long time. While this product does not have the aesthetic beauty of freshly applied gleaming varnish, it lasts far longer and stands up to UV better than every one-part varnish on this list.

When I had peeling varnish on my 1987 Ericson 38-200 sailboat moored in the tropical Florida Keys, I elected to use Cetol’s “Natural Teak” offering in lieu of varnish and found it incredibly easy to apply and long-lasting, requiring no surface prep to speak up but a quick hand sand and power wash. For outside teak, Cetol cannot be beat.

• Incredibly easy to achieve satisfactory results • Affordable • Long-lasting even when exposed to UV

• Not as beautiful as real varnish • Softer and less durable to impact/abrasion compared to most varnishes, especially polyurethane formulations

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Miniwax Helmsman Spar Urethane

The last product featured on our list is Miniwax’s one-part polyurethane spar varnish. While not the most beautiful finish available, this product is durable (hard and abrasion-resistant), easy to use, and very affordable, making it a good choice for touching up one-part varnishes inside a boat’s cabin.

For repairing, touching up, or even redoing cabin soles, this would also be a decent budget option and therefore is included on this list. Unlike the many UV-resistant offerings on this list, Miniwax Helmsman is not very UV-resistant and therefore is not recommended outdoors.

• Very affordable, even for a gallon • One-part polyurethane enhances durability and longevity over alkyd-based products • Good for sailors on a budget needing to repair and touch up existing interior varnish

• Not as beautiful as alkyd-based marine spar varnished • Not very UV-resistant • Yellows in sunlight

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Hempel Dura Gloss

Best solvent-based boat varnish

Hempel Dura Gloss

Hempel Dura Gloss Varnish is a urethane modified alkyd, ideal for interior use

Hempel’s Dura Gloss Varnish is a urethane modified alkyd, ideal for interior use

On the downside, alkyd varnishes lack resistance to abrasion and usually only one coat can be applied per day, which can make varnishing a drawn out process.

The more expensive types are formulated to speed up cure times, improve gloss retention and generally last longer.

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Which type of boat varnish to choose?

Varnishing often appears to be a simple task, but there’s a bewildering choice of boat varnishes on the market, writes Rupert Holmes.

An understanding of the qualities of different types of varnish is needed to choose the optimum one for each purpose. This is particularly true for exterior woodwork which has to withstand the ravages of sun, rain and frost.

There are only a few basic types of varnish, although in many cases hybrid products are available, particularly alkyd/ tung oil and alkyd/modified urethanes that can offer a wider range of desirable properties.

Polyurethane boat varnish

Polyurethane varnishes are a harder option with good wear resistance, but they lack the flexibility of alkyds. In addition, they tend to sit more on the surface of the timber, so often do not adhere as well to the substrate, which can make them prone to flaking and chipping.

The lack of flexibility makes a pure polyurethane unsuitable for traditionally planked boats, but it can be ideal for plywood , as well as for cold moulded and strip planked hulls.

Polyurethanes are available as both one-pot and two-pot products, the latter giving a harder coating and faster cure, which allows multiple coats to be applied in one day.

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If you need to save the varnish overnight, take a look at this top tip on preserving two-part varnish in the fridge. However, they are a much more expensive option.

N.B. One-pot polyurethane can be applied over two-pot varnish but not the other way round.

Ultra-flexible single-pot polyurethanes, such as Coelan have an elasticity of more than 300%. It can also seal cracks, is highly resistant to impact damage and doesn’t need overcoating for several years and can last twice as long as traditional varnishes.

The biggest downside is that it’s four or five times more expensive than typical basic alkyd varnishes, so up-front costs are higher, although its long term performance means the total cost difference will be smaller.

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Many boat varnish products can be painted, sprayed or rolled

Tung oil varnish

Tung oil is also frequently used in traditional varnishes: it soaks in well and, although a pure tung oil product will usually cure very slowly, the final finish is very tough.

Solvent-based varnish

Traditional solvent-based one-pot alkyd varnishes are ideal for use with traditionally built wooden boats. The coating is soft but flexible, which makes it resistant to cracking when used on timber that expands when wet and contracts in dry summer weather. Additionally, the initial coats tend to soak into the timber effectively.

Epoxy resin

Epoxy resin can also be used to coat timber, but generally has poor resistance to ultra-violet light, so a varnish needs to be applied over the top. Beware inexpensive ‘yacht’ varnish sold in DIY stores – the low prices are usually easy to explain in terms of extended drying times or poor long-term performance when used outside.

Dealing with surface damage? Don’t delay!

Whatever type of varnish is used, don’t delay on sealing any areas of damage. The key priority is to keep water out, so don’t wait until you have time and suitable weather for a full repair – touch in the damaged area immediately.

This may not have a silky smooth finish initially, but don’t worry. Even if it’s a few weeks before you’re able to do a proper fix you know there won’t be any further degradation.

Top boat varnish tip

A useful tip is to clean out one of the small match pots DIY stores sell to enable customers to test household colour schemes and fill it with varnish. They have a brush built into the lid, which never needs to be cleaned, thus making a quick touch up of damage a task that only takes a couple of minutes.

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Which Yacht Varnish Is Best For My Boat?

Yacht varnish is a specialized type of varnish that is often used on boats. It has several advantages over conventional varnish, which is why it is becoming more and more popular among boat owners. In this guide, we will discuss the benefits of yacht varnish. We will also answer some common questions about yacht varnish. So if you are interested in learning more about this topic, keep reading!

Yacht varnish is a type of varnish specifically designed for boats. It is typically made from a tougher resin that can withstand the harsh conditions that boats are exposed to, such as salt water and sunlight. Yacht varnish also often contains UV inhibitors to help protect the wood from fading and other damage caused by exposure to sunlight. Conventional varnishes are not as durable as yacht varnish and will not stand up to the same conditions. This makes them less suitable for use on boats. However, they can still be used for other applications, such as furniture or around the garden.

Which types of varnish to use on my boat?

Marine varnish can be divided into three different types, each with its own perfect uses. Yacht owners choose to use one or all of these types for better performance.

Tung Oil-based varnish 

Is the most popular type among yacht owners who take boat maintenance seriously. International Schooner or Goldspar Boat Varnish are both oil-based varnishes that coats the wood evenly leaving a smooth finish while requiring minimal preparation work before it can be applied. This only requires a couple of coats. Is advisable to lightly sand the surface between coats to achieve the highest quality glossy finish. The smooth, high gloss finish will protect teak parts from water stains and help to maintain their appearance over time! Its UV protection helps prevent mould growth too which is especially important in wetter climates. Oil-based varnish is easy to apply and can be repaired by sanding and re-oiling the wood, meaning it will last longer than other conventional varnishes. It's also easier to apply compared with water-based yacht varnish which requires no sanding or priming before application.

Water-based boat varnish

Often used on marine boats where there is not much exposure to agitation or rubbing, making oil-based varnish too heavy for use. This yacht varnish type tends to leave a thin, powdery residue that needs sanding down after drying but offers better penetration into the wood than its oil counterpart. Polyurethane boat varnish - is much more hard-wearing than oil or water-based yacht varnishes. Stronger than oil-based or water-based yacht varnish, polyurethane yacht varnish tends to dry quickly and offers an ultra-hard surface that is resistant to impact, scratching and denting. This yacht varnish type has a high gloss tough finish so it's best suited for areas of the boat that are exposed to more wear and tear. This type of varnish can also be divided into two categories as one part polyurethane boat varnish and two-part polyurethane varnish.

One Part Polyurethane Varnish

The yacht varnish that is most commonly used for yacht paint jobs. The yacht varnish offers a quick drying time and can be easily re-coated within hours between each coat. It should be noted that due to its rigidity it is not recommended to be used for painting highly flexible wooden areas as it might crack in time leaving the wood exposed to elements. Two-Part Polyurethane Varnish - is the varnish with longer working times, making it easier to apply on larger boats. It's advisable to use only one part polyurethane yacht varnish for smaller projects as two-part yacht varnishes tend to leave an unprofessional finish when applied by hand. This type of varnish is extremely tough and consists of two products mixed together. It offers very good protection from moisture and UV damage but the same as the above this is not suitable for some areas on your yacht (such as spars) and it will crack as the wood moves and will leave the wood exposed to the elements.

Is yacht varnish waterproof?

Yes, yacht varnish is typically waterproof. This makes it a good choice for protecting boats from the elements. It can also help to keep the wood of the boat looking its best for longer.

Does yacht vanishes need a primer?

No, yacht varnish does not typically need primer. However, it is a good idea to test it on a small area of the surface you are going to varnish to make sure it adheres properly. If you do decide to use primer, make sure it is designed for use with yacht varnish.

Does yacht varnish seal wood?

Yes, yacht varnish seals the wood. It forms a protective barrier that helps to keep the wood from damage and keeps it looking its best for longer.

How long does yacht varnish last?

The lifespan of yacht varnish varies depending on the brand and the conditions it is exposed to. However, it typically lasts for several years, anywhere from two to three years before you need to apply a new coat or two. Some varnishes obviously last longer than others depending on the area where they will be applied.

Which is better? Woodstain or yacht varnish?

There is no simple answer to this question as it depends on the specific application and the needs of the user. However, in general, yacht varnish is a better option for protecting wood from the elements and keeping it looking its best. It is also typically more durable than wood stain, which makes it a better choice for boats.

Why is it important to sand between coats?

It is important to sand between coats of yacht varnish because it helps to create a smooth, even surface. This makes the final coat of varnish look its best and helps to protect the wood from damage.

How many coats should I apply?

The number of coats you should apply depends on the specific product you are using and the area you are varnishing. In general, two to three coats are sufficient. However, it is always a good idea to follow the manufacturer's instructions for the best results.

What type of finish can you get?

There are three types of finish on boat varnish: gloss, semigloss, and satin. Each one has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it is important to choose the one that best suits your needs. Gloss finish is the most durable, but it is also the most reflective. This can make it difficult to see in bright sunlight. The semigloss finish is less reflective than gloss, but it is still quite durable. It is a good choice for areas that receive moderate amounts of sunlight. The satin finish is the least reflective and also the least durable. However, it can provide a more natural look to the wood. It is a good choice for areas that do not receive a lot of sunlight.

Can you paint yacht varnish over wood stain?

Yes, you can put yacht varnish over the wood stain. However, it is important to make sure that the stain is fully dry before applying the varnish. Otherwise, you may end up with a sticky mess.

How long does it take for yacht varnish to dry?

The drying time for yacht varnish varies depending on the brand and the conditions it is used in. In general, you can expect it to take anywhere from six to eight hours to fully dry. However, it is always a good idea to read the manufacturer's instructions for the best results.

Can you thin yacht varnish?

Yes, you can thin yacht varnish if it is too thick. However, you should only use a thinner that is specifically designed for use with yacht varnish. Otherwise, you may end up with a poor-quality finish.

What is the best way to remove yacht varnish?

The best way to remove yacht varnish depends on the type of finish you have. If you have a glossy finish, you can use a polishing compound. For a semigloss or satin finish, you can use sandpaper. In general, it is best to remove yacht varnish with a power sander. However, you can also remove it by hand if you are careful.

Can I apply a new coat over the existing varnish?

Yes, you can apply a new coat of varnish over the existing varnish. However, it is important to make sure that the old coat is in good condition. Otherwise, you may not get the desired results.

Does yacht varnish go yellow?

Yacht varnish is designed to keep your boat looking good as new even throughout the season's hottest and coldest temperatures. The UV inhibitors prevent yellowing, which can otherwise occur due to exposure to external factors like sunlight or rainwater on a dock; they also remain slightly soft so that it will not crack when expanding or contracting with changes throughout each year. Liquids such as engine oils may cause blistering if left unprotected by an anti-blister agent like silicone lubricant (which contains graphite).

Is yacht varnish oil or water-based?

Yacht varnish is typically oil-based. This makes it more durable and resistant to fading. However, water-based varnishes are also available. These are less durable but easier to apply.

So which yacht varnish is right for you?

Choosing the right yacht varnish depends on how much time you want to put into maintaining your boat as well as its location. We stock a wide range of varnish suitable for any type of wood on your vessel.

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What You Need To Know About Buying Yacht Varnish

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Yacht / Marine Varnish Plays An Important Role

Yacht Varnish is key to keeping your boat exterior in great condition. When it comes to owning a yacht, there are many exciting factors that will factor into your decision. From the layout and amenities to the style and aesthetic, there are numerous things that play into owning a yacht.

However, for many people, one of the most important factors is the look and feel of the boat. When you own a yacht, it’s essential to take care of it so that it remains in great condition for years to come.

A big part of caring for your yacht involves making sure you have all the necessary supplies on board.

A little bit of history on the origin of Yachts:

The word yacht itself was first utilized in Dutch back in the 16th century and said like “jacht” Dutch people were among the innovators of modern recreational sailing. They chased pirates and enemies on fast yachts while dominating the seas.

Nowadays, Yachts are not just for the rich but are used by many for recreational sailing. You can even rent a luxury yacht for a special occasion or date to enjoy with your friends and family. Yachts are available for sale online, a fully crewed yacht can be rented for a few thousand pounds!

Questions & Answers:

Is there an alternative to tin yacht varnish.

Yes, we have specifically formulated an Aerosol version, clear gloss. This is helpful for smaller areas that you need to coat. It can also be used for all types of external wood for protection. Find this product here: https://www.palatinepaints.co.uk/product/yacht-varnish-clear-gloss-for-exterior-wood-aerosol-spray

How long does yacht varnish take to dry?

Varnish depends on the varnish humidity and temperature, as well as on whether you want it to dry before things get cold and humid late in the day. You would like to be dust-free for a couple of hours so that the varnish gets dry enough that it won’t pick up dust.

Our Yacht varnish is surface dry in 2 hours with a hard dry in 8.

Is it possible to Varnish over existing varnish without sanding?

It is possible to varnish over the existing finish, but it is not recommended. You may experience adhesion issues because you don’t know what the base clear coat is or whether it is compatible with varnishes, even if you were able to determine it.

You must clean and wipe down the surface with mineral spirits and lacquer thinner on dampened cotton cloths before varnishing. Finally, you must sand the surface lightly.

What is the Purpose of Yacht Varnish?

Varnish is a protective coating that is applied to the surface of your boat to help protect it from the elements and against staining. While you may not be able to prevent your boat from being scratched or scraped as it is in regular use, using varnish can prevent your boat from getting stained.

This is especially true of the areas that are used the most like the table, the floors, and the walls. In addition to protecting your boat, varnish also helps your boat look even better. With a smooth and shiny surface, your boat will look more attractive and stylish than ever before.

Our Yacht varnish doesn’t just have to be limited to your Yacht though, It has many uses such as being applied on pieces of furniture, entrance doors and musical instruments.

An overview of the benefits of using our Marine Yacht Varnish

  • It provides excellent adhesion to wood and impregnates the material’s surface instantly, adhering to the wood structure for a long time and having a long-lasting effect.
  • UV radiation is absorbed and converted into heat by special components present in yacht varnish, making the sun’s almost negligible effect on the material protective film intact.
  • The varnish protecting boats from UV radiation contains special compounds that absorb and convert ultraviolet light into heat, protecting the protective coating from degradation. This minimizes the sun’s adverse effects.
  • The material is resistant to abrasion and wear thanks to the coating. The film protects the coating from scratches and chips in this case.
  • No chemical reactions occur when wiping the surface using household chemicals, if necessary. Acids, alkalis, and salts do not cause a reaction.

Why does your yacht need varnish?

Just like any other boat, your yacht needs to be protected with varnish. This protective coating is applied to the surfaces of your boat to prevent it from being stained and water damaged, it keeps out moisture and as mentioned in the benefits above, it provides you with a high level of UV protection . In addition to keeping your boat in great condition, varnish also makes your boat look more attractive.

With our high gloss varnish, it creates a quality finish that is smooth and shiny.

If you own a Yacht and want to keep the wood in great condition, you’ll be needing to apply several coats of Yacht varnish but the results would be fantastic, one that you would love to show off. Palatine Paints have spend years testing and applying all of our paints to ensure we reach the highest level of quality possible, our Yacht varnish has glowing reviews which allows our product to speak for itself.

Yacht Varnish

Yacht Varnish Clear High Gloss, Interior & Exterior, 1lt | 2.5lt | 5lt

£ 10.79 – £ 39.90

Palatine Yacht Varnish is a tough, traditional varnish for new, previously painted, stained or varnished surfaces.  Its quality and high gloss finish means it’s perfect for yachts, boats and other exterior wood projects.

Also available in an aerosol .

Wood Yacht Varnish Marine Clear Gloss Aerosol

Yacht Varnish Spray – Clear Gloss Aerosol

£ 6.78 – £ 68.24

A tough varnish in a handy spray can for quick and easy use. Not just for yachts and boats, but all sorts of exterior uses.

  • Protects new, previously painted, stained and varnished surfaces
  • Extremely durable – resists cracking and blistering
  • High gloss finish spray
  • Also available in a tin format

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  • Long lasting protection for outdoor wood
  • Waterproof and protects from the sun
  • Extremely tough – resists cracking, peeling and blistering
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This no-nonsense varnish is extremely tough and durable, giving you a long-lasting glossy finish.

Eight hours might seem like a long time to wait between coats, but it guarantees you lasting protection and the best finish.

3 coats give you a glossy finish

Varnishes up to 16m2 per litre

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Smooth exterior wood like doors and windows

How to use Yacht Varnish

Before you start.

Make sure your wood is dry before you begin. Choose a day that’s reasonably warm (above 10°c) and dry.

This varnish isn’t suitable for decking though.

How to prepare wood for varnishing

  • You will need to remove old stain or varnish by sanding it down. Use 120 grit sandpaper and sand away the old finish.
  • Wipe down the surface with white spirit and a cloth to remove the leftover dust.

If your wood is brand new, you will need to sand it to remove loose wood and clean with white spirit.


  • Thoroughly stir your varnish to make sure it’s smooth and there’s no lumpy bits.
  • Test it on a small patch of your door. It’s clear varnish but it may still darken the natural colour of your wood so make sure you’re happy with it.
  • If you are, start painting with a brush. Go in the direction of the grain and for best results, apply two or three coats. Wait eight hours between each coat.
  • Before you apply your last coat, lightly sand the surface and use white spirit to remove the excess dust. This will give you a nice smooth finish. Your last coat will be dry in four hours.

Once your varnish is dry, you’ll be able to clean your door as normal. Keep on top of the dirt and grime for a friendly welcome to your home.

You can clean your brushes with white spirit or brush cleaner.

It’s easy to repair your varnish if sections of it become damaged. Simply use some sandpaper to sand down and smooth out the damaged part and then add a couple of coats so it’s good as new again.

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Usage Smooth exterior wood like doors and windows
Coverage Up to 16m per litre
Dry time Four hours
Coat time Eight hours
Number of coats Three
Colours Clear
Finish Satin and gloss
Durability Won’t grey in the sunshine and protects against the rain
Application Brush
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Can You Use Yacht Varnish Over Paint? (Here’s What You Need To Know)

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If youre looking for a glossy, durable finish for your paint job, yacht varnish is the perfect solution.

It not only adds protection to the paint, but also provides a stunning shine.

But can yacht varnish be used over paint? Is it safe and effective? In this article, well take a closer look at yacht varnish and its benefits, the process of applying it over paint, what kind of paint to use, the preparation needed, and the tips and considerations to make before starting a yacht varnish project.

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Yes, you can use yacht varnish over paint.

Yacht varnish is designed specifically to provide a hard, protective finish over painted wood surfaces, and it is usually applied in several thin coats.

However, it is important to make sure that the paint is completely dry and any dust or dirt is removed before applying the yacht varnish.

Additionally, it is important to sand between coats for a smooth, even finish.

What is Yacht Varnish?

Yacht varnish is a type of protective coating used to protect wood on boats from the harsh effects of weather, sunlight, and salt water.

It is a combination of oil and resin that forms a hard, durable finish.

Yacht varnish is designed to be applied over existing paint, providing an extra layer of protection for the wood.

The oil and resin also give the wood a beautiful, glossy finish.

Yacht varnish is an ideal choice for wooden boats, as it is resistant to moisture, salt water, and scratches, and it helps to prevent wood rot and other damage caused by the elements.

It is also easy to apply and can be reapplied as needed.

Benefits of Using Yacht Varnish

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When it comes to protecting and preserving the beauty of your boat, yacht varnish is one of the best products you can use.

Yacht varnish is a type of wood finish that is designed to provide a high-gloss, protective coating on boats and other wooden surfaces.

It is typically used to protect wood from the harsh conditions of the sea, and it is much more resilient than paint.

Yacht varnish is also highly resistant to moisture, UV rays, and salt spray, so it helps protect your boat from the elements.

In addition to its protective qualities, yacht varnish also provides a beautiful, glossy finish that enhances the natural beauty of wood.

It is available in a variety of colors, so you can choose the perfect shade to match your boat.

The final result is a stunning finish that can last for years with minimal maintenance.

Finally, yacht varnish is easy to apply and can be used over paint.

All you need to do is prepare the surface by sanding with fine grit sandpaper and then wiping off any dust with a tack cloth.

Once the surface is smooth, you can then apply the yacht varnish, allowing it to dry completely before applying a second coat.

Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions for the best results.

The Process of Applying Yacht Varnish Over Paint

When it comes to applying yacht varnish over paint, the process is relatively simple.

First, you will need to sand the paint with a fine grit sandpaper.

It is important to be careful not to sand too much, as this could damage the paint.

After sanding, use a tack cloth to remove any dust particles or residue.

Once the surface is smooth, you are ready to apply a coat of yacht varnish.

Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for best results.

Depending on the type of paint and varnish, you may need to apply a primer before varnishing.

When applying the varnish, start from the top and work your way down.

Use a brush to apply the varnish in long, even strokes.

Allow the varnish to dry completely before applying a second coat.

The amount of coats you need to apply will depend on the type of varnish you are using.

If you are applying a clear coat of varnish, you will typically need to apply two coats.

Once you have applied the desired number of coats, allow the varnish to dry and cure completely.

Depending on the type of varnish, this can take a few days.

Once dry, you can enjoy the glossy, beautiful finish of your newly varnished paint job.

Types of Paint to Use with Yacht Varnish

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When it comes to using yacht varnish over paint, the type of paint used is just as important as the process for applying it.

Generally, it’s best to use either an oil-based paint or a water-based latex paint.

Oil-based paints are more durable and provide a better seal, but they can be difficult to work with and have a strong odor.

Water-based latex paints, on the other hand, are easier to apply and have less of an odor, but they may not provide as much protection from the elements as an oil-based paint.

When using an oil-based paint with yacht varnish, make sure to use a high-quality paint that is specifically designed for marine use.

This type of paint is formulated to be highly resistant to saltwater, moisture, and ultraviolet (UV) light.

It also provides a superior adhesion and is more flexible than other types of paint.

When using a water-based latex paint, make sure to choose a paint that is designed for marine use.

This type of paint contains a high level of acrylic resin, which helps it to resist water, saltwater, and UV light.

In addition, it is designed to be more flexible than other types of paint, which makes it ideal for use with yacht varnish.

By using the right type of paint with yacht varnish, you can ensure that your boat has the best possible protection against the elements.

Whether you choose an oil-based or a water-based paint, make sure to follow the manufacturers instructions for best results.

Preparation Steps Before Applying Yacht Varnish

Whether you are restoring a classic yacht or giving your boat a new look, applying yacht varnish over paint is a great way to protect the surface and enhance its appearance.

Yacht varnish is a type of oil-based varnish that is formulated to resist the harsh conditions found on the open water.

It is important to properly prepare the surface before applying yacht varnish, as it will not adhere to a rough or uneven surface.

The first step is to sand the paint with fine grit sandpaper.

This will remove any existing imperfections and give you a smooth surface to work with.

Once the paint is sanded, use a tack cloth to remove any dust.

This will ensure that the yacht varnish bonds properly to the paint.

Once the surface is smooth and dust-free, you can apply a coat of yacht varnish.

Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.

Allow the coat of varnish to dry completely before applying a second coat.

This will give you a uniform finish that will protect the paint and enhance the look of your boat.

Tips for Applying Yacht Varnish

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If youre looking to give your boat a new shine and protection, you may be wondering if you can use yacht varnish over paint.

The good news is that you can, although there are a few steps you need to take to ensure the best results.

First, its important to sand the paint with fine grit sandpaper to ensure a smooth surface.

This will help to create a better bond between the paint and varnish.

Once the surface is smooth, use a tack cloth to remove any dust or debris.

Next, its time to apply the yacht varnish.

Make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions for best results.

Generally, its a good idea to apply at least two thin coats of varnish, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next.

This will ensure a strong bond between the varnish and the paint.

Its important to note that the varnish isnt designed to be a substitute for paint.

Its main purpose is to provide a protective coating to keep the paint from fading and chipping.

If youre looking for a more decorative finish, you may want to consider using a different type of paint.

Finally, its important to remember that yacht varnish needs to be reapplied regularly to maintain its protective properties.

Depending on the environment your boat is in, you may need to reapply varnish every few months.

By following these tips, youll be able to enjoy a beautiful, long-lasting finish on your boat.

By using yacht varnish over paint, you can protect your boat from the elements while giving it a beautiful shine.

Considerations Before Starting a Yacht Varnish Project

When it comes to giving your boat a stunning, glossy finish, yacht varnish is a top choice.

Not only does it provide a beautiful, long-lasting shine, but it can also protect the wood from UV damage and water damage.

However, before you can enjoy the benefits of yacht varnish, you’ll need to make sure the surface is properly prepared.

This is especially important if you plan to varnish over paint.

Before you begin the project, its important to understand the difference between yacht varnish and paint.

Paint is designed to completely cover the surface it is applied to, while yacht varnish is designed to protect and enhance the wood beneath.

As such, it is important to make sure that any paint you are using is in good condition before applying the varnish.

The surface should be free of any cracks, chips, or peeling paint.

Once youve established that the paint is in good condition, the next step is to prepare the surface before varnishing.

This is an important step, as the varnish will not adhere properly to a rough or uneven surface.

You should begin by lightly sanding the paint with fine grit sandpaper.

After sanding, use a tack cloth to remove any dust.

Once the surface is smooth, you can begin the varnishing process.

When it comes to applying the varnish, its important to read and follow the manufacturers instructions.

Most varnishes require two coats, so its important to make sure the first coat is completely dry before applying the second.

If you rush this process, you might end up with an uneven finish.

Additionally, be sure to use a brush specifically designed for varnishing.

This will ensure the varnish is applied evenly and thoroughly.

With the proper preparation and attention to detail, you can give your boat a stunning finish with yacht varnish.

Just remember to take your time and follow the manufacturers instructions for best results.

Final Thoughts

Yacht varnish can be a great way to add a beautiful finish to a painted surface.

It is important to take the necessary preparation steps and use the right type of paint to ensure the best results.

With the right preparation and application, you can create a beautiful finish that will last for years.

Now that you know how to use yacht varnish over paint, why not give it a try and see the amazing results for yourself?.

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5 Best Yacht Varnishes of 2024


What Is The UK’s Best Yacht Varnishe?

In this guide we’ll look at the best yacht varnishes for the UK market. We’ve compared tin size, coverage per litre, recoat time and cost to give you our top recommendations.

Editors Choice

Johnstone's woodcare outdoor yacht varnish.

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Paintmaster Trade Yacht Varnish

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Rustins Satin Yacht Varnish

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1. Johnstone's Woodcare Outdoor Yacht Varnish

2. paintmaster trade yacht varnish, 3. rustins satin yacht varnish, 4. epifanes clear high gloss yacht varnish, 5. ronseal satin exterior yacht varnish, yacht varnishe reviews.

British paint giants Johnstone’s have a history dating back to 1890 and make some of the most trusted and best exterior wood varnish products available right now. We’re familiar with their amazing range of colours and finishes, so it made sense to test out their Woodcare Outdoor Yacht Varnish .

It’s another yacht varnish with excellent coverage per litre, even though it goes on quite thick. If you key each coat with wire wool or an exceptionally fine grit sandpaper once it’s dry, you’ll get as good a finish as possible. We got on well with this varnish, it cures to a smart finish that is hard and clear.

Paintmaster offer great savings to trade customers and savvy DIYers by cutting out the middleman when it comes to buying the best yacht varnish , available in tins up to a whopping 205 litres. You might not need that much to treat the woodwork around your home, even if the coverage isn’t quite as impressive as some of the others on the list.

This no-nonsense yacht varnish has a super-quick touch dry time of just an hour, and the solvent based formulation promises to expand and contract with the wood underneath it, to minimise cracking and bubbling. It goes on well with a brush and looks great once cured.

Originally based in London’s Shoreditch area in the heart of the furniture making industry, Rustins know a thing or two about making the best exterior varnish for wood. We knew we had to try out their yacht varnish , so we got hold of a tin and put it through its paces.

It’s developed to give a durable finish to exterior timbers, with added tung oil that dries to a high shine. We love the almost wet look you get from this product, it’s the best satin yacht varnish we’ve used so far.

With a strong tradition of boat building and high expectations from their protective coatings, you can count on Dutch specialist paint manufacturer Epifanes to create the best yacht varnish. And they’ve been doing so since 1902.

We really like their High Gloss Clear Varnish , it’s not the cheapest option but you certainly get what you pay for. Designed for use on boats, it uses a blend of tung oil and resins to build up an ultra-tough and glossy surface that will protect your wood surfaces for years, whatever the weather. It’s easily the best clear yacht varnish on this list.

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British protective coatings brand Ronseal have made a name for themselves by producing products that do exactly what they say on the tin. This solvent-based weatherproofing varnish is the perfect solution for exterior timbers like windowsills that need the best outdoor varnish on them.

Ronseal’s Yacht Varnish promises the best coverage on the list, so when we tested it out, we were happy to agree that a little goes a long way. Once several coats had been applied to prepared timber, it cured to a handsome satin finish that looked great.

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Best Marine Varnish for Boats

Best Marine Varnish for Boats

What is Marine Varnish? Marine varnish is a finish coating that protects the outer part of the wood. Specifically, in this instance, it protects the wooden parts of a boat from the sun, rain, wind, sea spray, ultraviolet rays, chemicals, and other extraneous factors. Therefore, a marine varnish must be applied to a boat’s outer wooden parts. Therefore, for one to gain the full advantage of marine varnish, he must choose a good marine varnish product to avoid unnecessary complications that would affect the structure of the boat’s wooden surfaces. In this article will discuss the best marine varnishes to help you make the right choice when purchasing a marine varnish product. 

Some Of The Best Marine Varnishes for Boats Are:

Epifanes Clear Varnish

The “Epifanes clear varnish” is well-rounded when it comes to all the features an exterior finish should have. It is composed of Ultraviolet rays filters like alkyd resins and phenolic that would protect the outer wooden parts properly from the effects of Ultraviolet rays. Due to its components, it is easily absorbed by wooden surfaces, and its effects are long-lasting, which makes it an ideal wood varnish. In other words, it gives off a durable rock solid result. It also has a glossy finish that improves the aesthetic value of any wooden surface. 

Application of the varnish can take days because of the process involved. However, another advantage of the “Epifanes Clear Varnish” is that it takes less time to apply than the typical marine varnish, and more than three methods can be used. In other words, this particular product is very effective when it comes to the longevity and durability of wooden structures. Link to Amazon .

Epifanes Clear Boat Marine Varnish

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Total Boat Lust Marine Varnish

A remarkable feature of this marine varnish is its high glossy look, improving the aesthetic value of any boat’s wooden surface. Generally, most marine varnishes change the color of the wood it is applied on by either making it a lighter or darker shade of brown, thereby altering the originality of the wood. The “Totalboat Lust Marine Varnish” improves the wood’s original color without taking from the original aesthetic. The varnish makes the original color of the boat bolder and gives it a fresher look. 

Also, because of the varnish’s nature, sandpaper is not needed to remove materials or scratches from the wood surface because the varnish aims to improve the wood’s natural texture. Like the “Epifanes Clear Varnish,” and unlike most marine varnishes, Total Boat Lust Marine Varnish doesn’t take much time to apply because it dries fast. It can also be applied between six to eight coatings which is not difficult compared to other varnishes. A day is sufficient. 

This product is available in two different forms: the matte finish and the high gloss finish. The matte finish improves the natural beauty of the wood, giving it a bolder outlook. In contrast, the high gloss finish improves the brightness of the woodwork. The varnish is also strengthened by UV stabilizers which means that the wooden surface will be protected from Ultra Violet rays from the sun. Link to Amazon .

Total Boat Lust Best Marine Varnish for Boats

TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish

As the name implies, the “TotalBoat Gleam Spar Varnish” can be applied to almost every wooden part of the boat. It can be used for the exterior and interior parts and even wooden furniture with the boat. An excellent feature of this varnish is its versatility. It is made up of tung oil, resins, and other stabilizers that prevent ultraviolet rays from affecting the wooden structure of the boat. It is highly resistant to sunlight and its effect.

Also, it is a very unique varnish that gives off a warm effect and has a very pleasant smell that lacks harshness when applied. 

It also improves the coloring of the wood by giving it a light amber effect which improves its beauty. In other words, the “TotalBoat Gleam Varnish” makes the wooden part of the boat look and smell nice. Another valuable feature of this varnish is that it is waterproof. The importance of a boat being waterproof cannot be over-emphasized because it improves the lifespan of the boat’s wood (like a wooden deck) and prevents decay etc.

In terms of application, it can be applied in several ways. For instance, it can be applied using a brush, a roller, a spray gun, etc. This varnish comes in two forms: the gloss and satin finish. The gloss finish varnish is the preferred option for the outside wooden part of the boat because of its properties. It gives the boat depth and makes it look more solid when applied. Also, the satin varnish improves the texture of the wood, so it is great for interior woodwork. Link to Amazon .

TotalBoat Gleam Spar Boat Varnish

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Pettit Captain’s Varnish

Unlike the other recent varnishes, the “Pettit Captain’s Varnish” is an old brand that has been on the market for over 5(five) decades. The beauty of this product is that the new version is always better than the last. In other words, the “Pettit Captain’s Varnish” is a legendary brand that has been greatly improved over the years. As a result, it is the “experienced boater’s choice”. It has a glossy look that improves the boat’s natural beauty and gives it a bold and deep feature when applied.

It is a very durable varnish that lasts long and has been tested and recommended by boaters for decades. Also, the varnish provides UV protection on the wooden surfaces from UV rays’ effects. Like the “TotalBoat Gleam Varnish,” the Pettite’s varnish can be applied inside and out. In addition, the varnish can protect the boat from harsh weather conditions when applied properly.

As for the properties of the varnish, it is a water-based, marine-grade polyurethane gloss varnish that gives a smooth, elegant effect after it has been applied to any wooden surface of your boat. Another added advantage of this varnish is that it is eco-friendly. Most varnishes affect the environment because of their chemical elements. Also, they can impact the health of the boaters in the long run. However, this varnish is all-natural and eco-friendly, and this feature makes it stand out from the other varnishes.  Link to Amazon .

Pettit Captain

McCloskey/Valspar Spar Varnish

In a saltwater environment, the smell of the surroundings can get attached to your boat, giving it the “smell of the sea.” Although most of the time it’s nice, it can be very unpleasant sometimes. That is where the key feature of the “McCloskey/Valspar Spar Varnish” comes into effect. The varnish is resistant to water, salty air, and the smell of it. It also has a very durable finish that can last for a very long time. Also, it protects the boat from the effects of sunlight because of the UV protection present in the finish. 

It improves the wood color significantly, especially if it is an old wooden boat. If applied carefully, it can be used to hide the age of a boat, especially if the color of the wood has an old look to it. Also, it can be used for interior furniture to improve its natural beauty. It can be applied with different techniques, ranging from a brush to a roller. 

Another valuable feature of the “McCloskey/Valspar Spar Varnish” is that it is very resistant to the harsh weather environment that usually affects boats generally. Although this product is very effective, it is not advised to be applied to decks. The main reason is that it has a slippery feel to it when it’s wet, which can be very dangerous in certain circumstances. Apart from this setback, it is a very effective varnish. Link to Amazon .

McCloskey or Valspar Spar Boat Varnish

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Rust-Oleum 250141H Ultimate Spar

The key selling feature of the “Rust-Oleum 250141H Ultimate Spar Varnish” is that it is resistant to so many factors that can possibly affect boats in general. For instance, it is resistant to mildew, scratches, damage from UV rays, and harsh weather conditions because of its durability. It not only improves the beauty of the wooden part of the boat but is also a very effective protective coating. 

The durability of the “Rust-Oleum 250141H Ultimate Spar Varnish” is outstanding compared to other varnishes. It can also be used in the interior parts of the boat in places like doors, interior floorboards, etc. It can also be cleaned frequently with soaps and detergents. The “Rust-Oleum 250141H Ultimate Spar Varnish” has three finish options: satin, gloss, and semi-gloss, which is unique because you can use any depending on your taste and what you want.

Also, most marine varnishes rarely have above 2 finishes. This clearly differentiates the “Rust-Oleum 250141H Ultimate Spar Varnish” from other varnishes.  Link to Amazon .

Rust-Oleum 250141H Ultimate Spar Marine Varnish Saltwater

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Best Marine Varnish for Boats – Final Thoughts

The best marine varnishes listed above should be on your purchase list when you are looking for a marine varnish that would protect, enhance the overall effectiveness and improve upon the aesthetic value of your boat.


Peter is the editor of Better Sailing. He has sailed for countless hours and has maintained his own boats and sailboats for years. After years of trial and error, he decided to start this website to share the knowledge.

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