Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish

  4.8/5.0 (175 reviews)
2 coats = Good protection
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3 coats = Excellent protection
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Wood type and application method can vary coverage.

Manns Extra Tough Varnish is a clear, water-based varnish that has been specifically manufactured to achieve superior durability on interior wooden surfaces including table tops and furniture.

Very low odour, available in 4 non-yellowing sheen levels. Sheen increases with additional coats. i.e. 3 coats of matt will have a higher sheen level than 2 coats.

Please Note: This product was previously called "Manns Extra Tough Varnish". We recommend Manns Extra Tough Floor Varnish for any hard or softwood flooring.

Brand Manns
No. of coats 2-3
Coverage Up to 10 per litre
Drying time 1h 30m
Size 100ml Sample, 1L, 5L
MPN 8MA/999A, 8MA/999B, 8SM/999A, 8SM/999B, 8SA/999A, 8SA/999B, 8GL/999A, 8GL/999B
GTIN 5060403898371, 5060403890429, 5060403890504, 5060403898388, 5060403890436, 5060403890511, 5060403898395, 5060403890412, 5060403890498, 5060403898401, 5060403890443, 5060403890528


Equal in performance to Bona Mega, Manns Extra Tough Clear Polyurethane Varnish will enhance the wood grain and its natural colour. This Varnish can also be tinted using our compatible water-based wood dyes. These dyes will keep the varnish looking translucent, making it ideal for matching different woods or simply tinting the surface of the wood you are working on.

This product has anti-bacterial properties making it especially ideal for use on kitchen and bathroom floors and furniture. Can also be used on children's wooden toys.

Note: For flooring - Use Manns Extra Tough Floor Varnish or for commercial grade protection on flooring Manns Extra Tough Pro Floor Varnish.


Prior to applying Manns Extra Tough Clear Varnish, ensure that wooden surfaces are clean, dry, and free from any previous finishes such as waxes, old varnish or wood oils.

It is recommended that new wood is wiped down with a good quality white spirit to remove any grease, dirt and other contaminates from the surface of the wood. The prepared surface will then be ready for coating with Manns Extra Tough Clear Varnish.

Freshly sanded wood should be cleaned thoroughly to remove all traces of sanding dust, dirt and debris.


This product is very easy to apply with a brush or microfibre roller. Can also be sprayed through most electric spray systems as well as compressor based spray systems.

For interior surfaces such as doors, architraves, picture frames, chairs and other low wear areas, 2 coats of varnish will be sufficient. For higher traffic areas such as table tops 1 coat of Manns Classic Primer followed by 2 coats of varnish or alternatively, 3 straight coats of varnish.

Drying Times

A medium coat of extra tough clear varnish will be touch dry within 1-2 hour, and can be recoated after 2 hours. We recommend a minimum curing time of 24 hours before using the surface as normal.


Manns Extra Tough Clear Varnish can be cleaned on a day to day basis with Manns Surface Cleaner and a damp cloth or mop. varnished surfaces should never be cleaned with large amounts of water.


Clean off tools using warm water or methylated spirits before dry. If cleaning with warm water, a small amount of detergent can be used if required.


This product stores best when kept at temperatures above 4℃ and below 28℃. As with most water-based products, avoid temperatures below zero or the water content of the product will freeze. Keep container tightly closed and store in a well-ventilated area. If stored in the correct conditions, Mann's Extra Tough Clear Varnish will keep for at least a year


  • In case of contact with eyes rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice.
  • Wear suitable gloves and eye/face protection.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
175 customer reviews
Brilliant!! faultless product easy to apply perfect finish by John Coombes

i have used this varnish on two projects and unlike other water based varnishes this really is a high gloss finish even with a brush it leaves a smooth finish again not like other water based varnishes!! I would not use anything else from now on

Reviewed 1L, Super Gloss on: 25/03/17
Gives a good finish by Geoff Hope

Good product and easy to use

Reviewed 1L, Gloss on: 16/03/17
Really easy to use by Sophie Lehane

Have used this for my internal doors, found it really easy to use, dries really quick and you can coat again after 2 hours.

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 16/03/17
Great product by Derrick Milby
Reviewed 5L, Matt on: 14/03/17
Excelentt by Dr Ian A Dempster

In spite of initial doubt seeing the milky appearance of the product, I found it easy to apply, it dried very quickly giving a nice finish free from brush strokes. Brush cleaning by washing in water was so simple. A quick rub down between coats resulted in a nice smooth finish.

Reviewed 5L, Matt on: 09/03/17
Lovely and hardwearing by Shirley Sayles

Not sticky and dried quickly

Reviewed 1L, Super Gloss on: 08/03/17
Excellent sheen easy to apply by Neil Sanderson

Fantastic product, goes on well, dries quick, great sheen. great value for money.

Reviewed 1L, Super Gloss on: 08/03/17
Did everything it said on the container by Stephen T Botham

Very easy to use and resulting finish was excellent .Would strongly recommend this company and products.

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 22/02/17
Brilliant! Just what we needed by Mike Rookes
Reviewed 1L, Matt on: 20/02/17
Easy to use, but time will judge its value and effectiveness Early days yet by Mr M Matthews
Reviewed 100ml Sample, Satin on: 04/02/17
Wonderful finish and so easy to use by Susan Cason

I have been painting and decorating for over 50 years, starting in my teens- - -an amateur but with art college background. I found Manns extra tough satin varnish a pleasure to use, easy to apply and did exactly what it said it would- - - a beautiful pitch pine bathroom floor with satin varnish, which has brought out the grain of the wood wonderfully. I'm delighted and would recommend this product to anyone.

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 25/01/17
Great look and easy to apply by Mr John Morrison
Reviewed 1L, Super Gloss on: 05/01/17
Gives a good finish, and easy to use by Peter Skinner

Go's on well using a sponge brush, the more coats the better the finish.

Reviewed 1L, Matt on: 30/12/16
Did what I needed it to do by Steve

Easy to apply, sands well and leaves a good smooth finish.

Reviewed 100ml Sample, Super Gloss on: 27/12/16
Does what it says "on the tin" by Micheal Humphreys

Well pleased with the product

Reviewed 5L, Satin on: 24/12/16
We have just applied this interior varnish and it seems fine by Jim Broadhurst

The varnish was easy to apply, which we did by brush and after several coats produced the finish that we required.

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 09/12/16
Excellent finish Very easy to apply by Mike Benwell

Manns extra tough interior varnish being water based is very easy to apply. I chose the matt finish to give my new oak vaneer (internal) doors a contemporary finish. They needed a light denib after the first coat (to be expected), but successive coats (I applied 3 in total), dried smooth. Fast drying, with an initial strongish odour, successive coats can be applied after a few hours to get the job done.

Reviewed 5L, Matt on: 03/12/16
Requires more than 3 coats for Satin by Cory Burr

Although Manns says 2-3 coats required, I found it's more like 5-6 coats to achieve a decent gloss level. I also sanded to 400g between coats.

Reviewed 5L, Satin on: 02/12/16
Requires more than 3 coats for Gloss by Cory Burr

Although Manns says 2-3 coats required, I found it's more like 5-6 coats to achieve a decent gloss level. I also sanded to 400g between coats. Nice lustre when finished, but quite alot of work. I'll stick to cellulose lacquer in future (when water base is not required)

Reviewed 1L, Super Gloss on: 02/12/16
Excellent product by K Seymour

Was advised to use this by Jay on the front desk and he was absolutely right! Used on new light Oak doors, product went on well and has not changed the colour which is what we wanted. Easy to apply, dries fast and did not run or streak.

Reviewed 5L, Matt on: 02/12/16

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