How to Apply — Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish


In this video Jay from Wood Finishes Direct will be demonstrating the best application tools and his favourite application methods for applying the  Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish

Extra Tough Varnish FAQ 

Can I apply a varnish to without sanding it back to bare wood? 

If your project has been previously varnished, carry out a test area to ensure adhesion and compatibility and then lightly sand to create a key. If the wood  has been previously oiled, waxed or polished, then the product would need to be completely removed by sanding back to bare wood or using a suitable  wood stripper

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. 

Which is the most durable floor finish? 

A varnish is the most hard-wearing finish to use for wood flooring. There are 2-part varnishes available which can be mixed with a hardener prior to application, allowing the two to dry together, thereby creating a much tougher and more durable surface finish. 

How to Apply – Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish. 

Hi I’m Jay from Wood Finishes Direct, and in this video, I’ll be giving you some top application tips and my favorite application technique for the Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish. Preparation is key! So, if you haven’t already seen the before you buy video check that out now. 

The Applicators 

The applicator you ultimately use will depend on your project and personal preference, but it can be applied with a synthetic bristle brush, microfiber roller or with an electric or compressor-based spray system… if you have one.  

My applicator of choice is the ProDec Premier Synthetic Brush, I like the level of control they give, aswell they come in a range of sizes depending on your project. 

The Finish 

With our applicator selected we are ready to get started. For the best protection, we recommend applying 1 coat of Manns Extra Tough Primer followed by 2 coats of Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish but for today’s video as we are showcasing the varnish, I will just be applying that. 

Its important to keep on top of stirring thoroughly before and during application for consistency of sheen. Then pour some into a paint tray, load the brush, dab off any excess and apply thinly, making sure you work in manageable and always with the grain, and leave to dry being careful not to allow the varnish to pool. 

Once your first coat has dried rub down the surface with a Woodleys Finishing Pad this helps smooth out the finish and aids adhesion of further coats, then apply your second and final coat of varnish, and you’re done. Easy. 

Between coats, you can keep brushes and other applicators in airtight bag or container to prevent them drying out. And after application brushes and equipment should be cleaned immediately after use with warm water and wiped dry. 

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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