Water-Based Clear Finish

Product Details

This is a clear finish for most interior wood surfaces. Fast drying, this product provides great protection and full-bodied brush-ability. Available in Satin and Gloss sheens.


Where to Use
Water-Based Clear Finish is recommended for most interior wood surfaces. It can be used over waterborne stains and latex painted surfaces, as well as oil-based stains that have dried for a minimum of 24 hours.

Ideal for use on cabinets, furniture, woodwork and trim, and interior doors. Not recommended for floors, table tops or bars.

Surface Preparation
All surfaces must be clean, dry and free from dirt, wax, grease, glue and other contaminants or penetration and adhesion will be affected. DO NOT use over shellac, lacquer, filler, stains or sealers containing stearates. After sanding, remove sanding dust with vacuum or damp cloth. DO NOT use a tack rag to remove dust, as it may leave a residue that will interfere with adhesion.

New Wood: Sand surface thoroughly with medium grit sandpaper and progress to fine grit sandpaper. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain. Do not use steel wool.

Previously Finished Surfaces: Surface should be sanded to remove imperfections and gloss, using extra fine sandpaper (220 grit), sanding with the grain. Do not use steel wool.

Stained Surfaces: Stain must be thoroughly dry before applying clear finish. Allow oil-based stain to dry a minimum of 24 hours in good drying conditions before top coating. Do not sand uncoated stained surface.

Stir thoroughly before and during application. DO NOT SHAKE. Test the finish on an inconspicuous area to ensure adequate adhesion. Water-Based Clear Finish appears milky in the can but dries clear. Do not apply in direct sunlight or areas of extreme air movement.

• Apply with a synthetic fiber brush, foam brush, flat pad or sprayer. A short nap roller may be used for large flat areas but must be brushed           immediately to alleviate air bubbles. A lambswool applicator may be used for large flat areas.
• Apply in full even coats in the direction of the grain. If brushing, apply liberally and keep a wet edge, working quickly to ensure an even coat.
• Apply with care to prevent bubbles in the finish.
• Allow 1 to 2 hours before recoating. Sand lightly between coats with fine sandpaper (220 grit) to produce a finer finish. If sandpaper gums up     allow more dry time. Remove sanding dust.
• Reapply. Three coats are recommended for greatest durability.

Please note: Testing is very important when applying this product over paints or stains because the appearance of these products may change when a water-based finish is applied. This product gives a soft wood amber that ONLY becomes noticeable when applied over white or pastel paints and stains.

Technical Information

Thinning is not recommended, but if necessary, a small amount of water may be added. For spray applications, up to one (1) pint of water per gallon may be used.

Approximately 300 to 350 square feet per gallon. Coverage will vary significantly depending on application method and condition of wood.

Drying Time:
Apply when air and surface temperatures are between 60° and 90°F and humidity is between 30% and 70%. At 50% relative humidity and 70°F, Water-Based Clear Finish will dry to touch within 30 minutes and ready to recoat after 1 hour. Drying time will be affected by temperature, humidity and film thickness.

Wait 24 hours before subjecting surfaces to light use. Care should be used during the first week after application as the finish is curing to its ultimate hardness. Protect product from freezing prior to and during application.

Wash brushes and equipment in warm, soapy water. Rinse clean.

MAX VOC: 275 grams/liter (2.29 lbs/gal)

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Why use clear finishes?

Clear finishes are used to seal and protect surfaces. In many cases, clear finishes offer lasting, durable protection from abrasion, marring and chipping.  Most clear finishes also protect the surfaces from damage caused by water and alcohol.  Exterior clear finishes provide protection to withstand water, weather and sunlight.  

Supplies List for Clear Finishing:

  • Fine Grade Sand Paper or Nylon Sanding Pad
  • Tack cloth or clean cloth
  • Stir Stick and Drop Cloth
  • Quality, China Bristle Brush

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