Varnish

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Varnish
 

Description

For exterior use. Clear coat that contains ultraviolet protectors for protection against rain, sun, and humidity.

  • Contains UV blockers to reduce the sun's graying and fading effects
  • Forms a protective barrier against rain and moisture
  • Special oils allow the finish to expand and contract with the wood as seasons and temperatures change
  • Ideal for use on doors, windows, trim, bathroom cabinets, bar tops, kitchen countertops, outdoor furniture

Technical specifications

Warranty :None Base Material :Oil-based Color/Finish Family :Clear Container Size :1-quart Number of Coats Recommended :3 Paint Color Family :Clear Sheen :Satin Type :Varnish Unit of Measure :Fluid ounce(s) Unit of Measure Quantity :32 Use Location :Interior/Exterior

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How can I correctly dilute this (and with what product) so I can use it in my Fuji Semi-Pro HVLP Sprayer? I would like to treat outside furniture after staining with Minwax dark walnut stain

Asked by: YYCDave
Thank you for your question, we apologize for the delayed response. The Helmsman Spar Urethane should be brushed on the surface, we do not recommend to spray our urethanes. Also, our Wood Finish Stains are for interior use only. Regards, Linda @ Minwax Customer Support
Answered by: TeamMinwax
Date published: 2021-10-22

Does Helmsman Spar urethane come in a 4 litre can?

Asked by: Garlikman
Thank you for your question, we apologize for the delayed response. We offer the Helmsman Spar Urethane in 946 mL or 3.78 L. Regards, Linda @ Minwax Customer Support
Answered by: TeamMinwax
Date published: 2021-10-22

Hello, I'm making outdoor sign with Artminds outdoor water based paint. Can I protect it with helmsman oil urethane? Thanks

Asked by: Fifa22
I'm not sure if you can mix oil-based and water-based products. But just call Lowes, and they'll be able to advise you.
Answered by: DeniseR
Date published: 2019-08-14

Is it "non-yellowing"?? I am having a tough time finding an exterior product that is non-yellowing.

Asked by: TReno
Hello. Yes, our Helmsman Spar Urethane products will yellow. However it is a crystal clear finish that is ideal for use over light-colored woods and stains. We do not offer an exterior non-yellowing product, and our exterior products are not recommended for use over paint. Regards, Minwax Customer Support
Answered by: MINWAX
Date published: 2019-07-02

Can this be used on fibreglass door?

Asked by: CookyCim
Hello. We don't offer a finish that can be applied by itself to bare fiberglass. However, it can be used on a fiberglass door over our Gel Stain. Regards, Minwax Customer Support
Answered by: MINWAX
Date published: 2019-05-08

How many do I need for a front door? the door is quite large.wood door.

Asked by: amy Sun
Hello. If you are referring to the number of coats needed, we recommend to apply 3 coats of our Helmsman Sopar Urethane finish for maximum durability. If you are asking about how many containers are needed for the large door, two 946 ml containers would be sufficient for 3 coats. Regards, Minwax Customer Service
Answered by: MINWAX
Date published: 2017-07-22
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Varnish is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 300.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For the exterior side of stained doors Used this product at the house I built on the Oregon coast, and it's still looking like the day it was applied. We're talking 20 years!!
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good ... but ... I purchased this for my front door project. I sanded and stained the door. The recommendation was to sand with a recommended grit (220 I think) after the stain was dry and a coat of Varnish was applied. After several days of dry time, and over a very carefully applied stain (painted on and wiped down as I went to get a nice stain on my door), my husband lightly sanded the the door. The sandpaper, removed more than the very surface of the varnish, and down into the stain. I was not happy. I suggest that you skip the sanding process! Just make sure your project is dust free and I think you will be happier with then end result.
Date published: 2015-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Minwax satin Love this product, goes on smooth, better if you use a good brush
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product We used this product to finish the yellow pine, tongue and groove ceiling on our back porch. Applied three coats with the semi-gloss finish and it looks awesome.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I USED THIS ON A HANDMADE GUITAR! I build solid body guitars. I have used lacquer on others, but I had a spray can of this so.... It came out beautiful! It was so easy to apply!
Date published: 2018-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect finish with good prep! I used 3 coats on a oak porch swing and got a flawless finish. Just follow the directions and allow time for the first coat to fully dry.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cedar Bench [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The urethane was used as instructed on new cedar for redoing an old bench. Two coats and the finish is superb.
Date published: 2019-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Finish Used this varnish to seal a wood workbench. It went very smoothly and dried with no streaks. Bench looks so good I almost hate to do any work on it.
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Re-caned porch rocker Porch rockers, even on covered porches, get moisture from the air. This can degrade the cane in short order. Spar urethane protects the rattan flat reed from damage. The finish makes the job look professional.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Protects and looks great on wood!!! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Finally, a coating that my wife likes. I prefer my wood having a high shine to it and my wife prefers a dull look. I wanted to try a new and different product that I've never used before. I'm glad I tried this one out. It gives the trim a little bit of a shine, but it doesn't make it too shiny. I'm very impressed with the middle of the road shine and protectant. This is definitely my new go to protectant.
Date published: 2022-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes like new [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I like to refinish older pieces of furniture, nothing elaborate, and make it look like it just came from the woodworker's shop. This Helmsman product is easy to use, cleans up quickly and ads that finishing touch to my projects
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great looking durable finish! I used the Helmsman Spar Urethane as a topmost ( 3coats) over Minwax stain on a planter. The planter has been out in the weather for over a year and the finish still looks as good as it did when I placed it outside.
Date published: 2018-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product I have been a professional woodworker for 25 years and I can tell you that every product that Minwax makes is beyond excellent. Most of the furniture that I restore is from the 1850's and no one can tell the difference from 1850 stain to today's stain. I will not use anything else. Woodchuck woodworks
Date published: 2018-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laughs at the elements I stained and coated 2x a 12" piece of oak, which I left outside and totally exposed for a whole year in Massachusetts. Snow fell on it, UV hit it directly. I covered half of it with opaque tape first … and after the year was over, washed it and removed the tape. There were *absolutely* no signs of aging, cracking, nothing. Couldn't tell which side had been protected. In my book, that is a A+.
Date published: 2020-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Year old pine patio table I am very pleased with this product. The attached photo is my year old outdoor patio table that I finished with 3 coats of this water based urethane. Love it. Here is are some photos during a rain store tonight.
Date published: 2020-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durable Pricey but worth it. Very durable for outdoor projects. Mil Vet making Handcrafted indoor & outdoor American flags to raise money for our wonder dog park aka “The Bone Yard”
Date published: 2020-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Seal Coat [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I received the Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane Clear Gloss and I Love this. I am newer to DIY than my Husband but we both love to stain and restore wood. I am currently working on some shelves and a bench for my Bathroom which I had already stained and wanted to seal it. The Minwax Spar Urethane was so easy to apply and dried quite fast. I did 2 coats which I believe will hold up great even in the bathroom. My Husband Brushed a coat on an old chair he had just finished redoing and it is currently awaiting a second coat.
Date published: 2021-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks Great! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I couldn’t wait to try Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane and I already had two projects that I wanted to use it on. The first thing I used it on was my mailbox post and I used 2 coats on it. After it dried the mailbox post looked great the second was a wooden tree swing my husband made and to no surprise it looked just as good. If you have a use for the Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane I would definitely recommend buying this product. This will be all that I buy from now on and will tell my friends and family to buy it as well.
Date published: 2021-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy great looking I am no expert; however, looks professional. This product is designed for exterior application and I am hopefully looking at lasting beauty.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Peeled off exterior doors and frames I used on new installation, north facing wooden french doors (8 panes), carefully following all the directions. Less than a year later it was peeling off the doors. Thinking i had done something wrong i purchased more, re-sanded doors and frames and once again followed the directions. Less than a year IT IS PEELING AGAIN AND FALLING TO THE GROUND! I WON'T USE IT AGAIN and can't recommend it.
Date published: 2021-06-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Please help, as I am at a loss I have used this product on my entry door for years. However, the application from last year has been a disappointment, as well as a challenge to try to remedy. The areas exposed to the sun are now chalky and flaky. I followed the directions and sanded without success. In a test spot, I tried applying mineral spirits and no improvement. The upper surfaces are fine, like the entire door looked in previous years. Sadly, the bottoms are unsightly, even from the street. What else may I try, as the mineral spirits test began to remove the stain from the door. Thank you.
Date published: 2021-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Waxy third coat I’ve used products like this one, and maybe even this one, in the past. I’ve gotten excellent finishes every time but this time. I’m finishing a 1.5” butcher block countertop and the first and second coats both dried within the recommended 4 hours before I sanded them. The third coat took around 5 days to dry and now has a waxy film over the entire thing. I’ve tried sanding it with 1200 all the way down to 250 and it just fills the paper with the waxy part. Though it leaves scratches in that part, rubbing it down to get the excess stuff off just fixed all of my scratches and left the waxy issue in place. I hope someone from minwax knows how to fix this expensive countertop…
Date published: 2021-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well, but Once opened, it very quickly (days) will develop a tough film across the surface in the well sealed can. Buy what you need. Don’t count on keeping leftovers on the shelf. That said, I used this product to seal cedar panels I built for a hot tub privacy screen. The product made the somewhat mediocre cedar and redwood materials just beautiful. It is a very good sealer, or at lease appears to be. The proof will be over time though. But for now, I am very please with the product and would recommend it.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Finish [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] The Minwax Helmsan Spar Urethane added the perfect finishing touch to our door. The urethane brought out the beautiful tones and completed our project marvelously. It was easy to apply and didn’t leave residue or mess. I will most definitely use it again in the future.
Date published: 2022-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice looking finish. I used spar urethane glossy finish for an oak table top. I used Minwax stain prep, Minwax stain to start with, sanding when directed by instructions. Long smooth stroked with a 2" brush does the job nicely. I think it looks great! I hope it holds up well to regular use. :)
Date published: 2021-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Needs better labeling It would be really helpful if they put oil based on the front of the oil-based product. It is just too confusing to put out an oil-based product and a water-based product and not label both of them clearly. I have indoor paneling and not find out I had an oil-based product until I had already started using it. I didn't realize that helmsman had both water based and oil-based. It's a problem.
Date published: 2021-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! I tried other urethanes as well at T*** water seal (boy, was that a pain getting off after it faded in 2 months). Helmsman has been on a weather exposed oak threshold for 2 years now and looks like I put it on yesterday! 3 coats.
Date published: 2022-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durable and smooth finish I love this product! I make hand carved crochet hooks and knitting needles and use the spray version of this Spar Urethane. It's very forgiving when you apply the spray, meaning it kind of melds into itself creating a very uniform seal on the wood. Very durable, protective coating once cured. Very happy with the product. There is a slight ambering affect. You want to use the Minwax water-based sealer if you do not want a slight yellow/amber tint added to your product.
Date published: 2018-11-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Helmsman® Spar Urethane (Oil) - Bubbles in Finish My project is refinishing a maple dresser. I started with a bare, clean surface. The problem is numerous bubbles in the finish. I have applied three (3) coats. Each coat contained numerous tiny bubbles when dry. They did not dissipate. I am very frustrated! I did everything I was supposed to do. I read all the product literature, and followed the directions exactly. I used a high quality Wooster Whit China bristle brush, kept the surface clean, applied slow, even stokes, and allowed ample time to dry. I sanded in between coats with 220-grit sandpaper. Would you recommend I try a water based product for yet a fourth (4th) coat? I would appreciate any advice you have to offer.
Date published: 2020-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Nice Finish [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I bought this 3 weeks ago and built stairs for my motorhome, although it took 1-3 days and was still sticky, the urethane actually brought out better color and I think looks nicer than just a stain. I'll know in 3-4 months how its holds up to rain, but I'm not too concerned, this seems like a good product.
Date published: 2022-04-25
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