Before You Buy — Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish


In this video Jay from Wood Finishes Direct will highlight the key things you should consider before purchasing the  Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish

Extra Tough Varnish FAQ 

What is the advantage of a varnish? 

Varnishes are tough, hard wearing and easily cleaned. Wood varnish is generally more durable than a wax or oil but is not as easy to maintain or repair if it becomes worn or damaged. 

What varnish should I use for my internal veneered doors? 

We always recommend for internal veneered doors  Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish. It is a water-based clear varnish and is available in four sheen levels from Matt through to High Gloss. 

What is the best varnish for overcoating clay/chalk paint? 

If you don’t fancy the shabby chic look you can strengthen a surface coated with clay or chalk paint with a perfectly clear varnish. These are usually water-based and need to be non-yellowing to avoid the discoloration of the paint. 

Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish is a clear, non-yellowing, polyurethane interior varnish that is suitable for any interior wooden project, including flooring. It is also available in 4 separate sheen levels to add a unique twist to the project if you require.  

Before you Buy – Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish.  

Hi I’m Jay from Wood Finishes Direct, in this video I’m going to be highlighting the key things you should consider before starting a project with the Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish. But first of all… what is it? 

What is it 

Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish is a non-yellowing, Low-Oduor, Clear polyurethane varnish that creates a durable plastic-like coating whilst protecting and enhancing interior wood. Suitable for use in domestic and light commercial environments, remember it’s not just tough, its extra tough. Perfect for use on furniture, interior joinery, tabletops, children’s toys, doors and much much more! 

Prep the wood 

It’s always a great idea to start with the best canvas possible, sand your wood through the grits up to P120, always make sure you work with the grain to avoid scratch marks. Ensure the wood is clean, dirt and dust free. 


To prime or not to prime, that is the question… The Manns Extra Tough Primer is the answer. The benefits you will see are improved coverage, adhesion and a better finish all round.  

The Look 

Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish may look like a peachy white, but it will dry clear, enhancing the natural tone and patina of the wood giving it what we call the “wet look”. The Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish comes in handy 100ml sample pots for you to do test areas before purchasing a bigger tin. 

The Sheen 

Last thing to consider before purchase is sheen! Sheen refers to the amount of light a finish reflects from the surface; contrary to popular belief this has no influence on durability. 

Matt – Gives you a flat matt look and feel 

Satin – The halfway house between matt and gloss 

Gloss – Gives the light a good surface to reflect off 

High Gloss – The best surface for light reflection 

It’s very important to make sure you stir thoroughly before use, to avoid inconsistencies in the chosen sheen. 

If you need any further technical advice or information about your project why don’t you give us a call or email and put us to the test we are the experts after all. A full list of all the products featured in today’s video will be in the description on YouTube don’t forget to like and subscribe for all future content and as always always do a test area. 

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