Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish

  4.8/5.0 (146 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.


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.

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.

146 customer reviews
Good product by John Brassington

easy to apply and dries to a perfectly matt finish in a couple of hours used three coats on a wooden laminate floor and after a week has not been scratched yet seems perfect so far.

Reviewed 1L, Matt on: 19/10/16
Great by Lara Cawston

Brilliant next day delivery quick any efficient

Reviewed 5L, Satin on: 12/10/16
Great varnish by

great product easy to use just make sure the piece of wood is well sanded with a fine paper

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 09/10/16
Easy to apply, no unpleasant smells and doesn't darken the wood too much by Mrs C Novak

Excellent product

Reviewed 1L, Matt on: 03/10/16
Very easy and staright forward to use and does exactly what it says on the tin by Anil Chaman

I refurbished our hard wood dining table and actually ended up applying 3 coats after the first sealer coat to achieve the super gloss glass finish.Used combination of roller and fine brush and very delighted with the results. Early days to know if it will with stand the wear and tear as it says it's a tough finish.

Reviewed 1L, Super Gloss on: 29/09/16
Nice finish by Frank Bickley

Re-varnished cabinet after staining. Nice satin finish.

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 27/09/16
Very easy to use by Keith Greene

This is the third time I have brought this product The colour is good and it covers well, A bottle of this goes a long way Been very pleased with the result Very shiny goes well with the Manns wood stain

Reviewed 5L, Super Gloss on: 27/09/16
Sprayed over manns wood dye Beautiful job Can be built up in several coats for an almost piano black finish with a little patience by Scott McPhee

Excellent. Will use again and again. Just take your time and use thin coats and let it build up slowly.

Reviewed 1L, Super Gloss on: 18/09/16
Easy to use good finish by Clifford

This product is very good No mess I use this with a spray gun job done

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 09/09/16
Good, fast drying, easy to apply by Krzysztof Kazimierski

Absolutelly brill, love it ,defo I will buy again

Reviewed 1L, Matt on: 31/08/16
Excellent product, very pleased with results by Stuart McFarlane

Applied three coats with disposable sponge brush on maple and sycamore to retain natural colour of the wood and provide hard durable finish. Denibbed with 320 grade between coats, the lightest of touches. Happy bunny

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 31/08/16
Just fine very prompt service by Christopher Andrews
Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 29/08/16
Great finish by Jamie Fraser Joinery

I have only used this product for one job but I already rate it, its easy to use and gives a great finish.

Reviewed 5L, Satin on: 24/08/16
Easy to use, easy to apply, good finish by Mr John Deering
Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 21/08/16
Excellent finish by Rob Knott

Very durable finish easy to apply via spraying, I used a 1.5mm fluid tip and didn't need to thin the varnish. I'd recommend buying more than you think you need if spraying.

Reviewed 1L, Super Gloss on: 20/08/16
Excellent interior varnish by Neil Sutton

The best varnish I've ever used. Easy to apply, and produced a perfect finish.

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 19/08/16
An excellent product with fantastic results by Jodi R.

I would highly recommend this product. We had purchased 11 oak doors and used this varnish to do 2 coats and were very pleased with the results. When we ran out of this varnish (it managed to cover 9 doors, I went to a local shop and bought a different brand (since they didn't carry Manns) and I was disappointed. The reason is that Manns was much easier to apply whereas the other one was thicker and the drips were harder to control. It was much easier and quicker to apply Manns and it leaves a beautiful finish. Just remember to sand very lightly in between applying the coats (as you would do anyway). I used the Manns finishing pad 180 grit.

Reviewed 5L, Satin on: 17/08/16
Does the job nicely by Mr T

Gives a really nice gloss finish to wood.

Reviewed 1L, Super Gloss on: 10/08/16
Great value product by Debra King

Great item. Safe secure delivery and great value. The results are brilliant

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 10/08/16
Nice product easy to use and even sprayable by Graham Alexander

Good product to use, I purchased this sampler as an alternative to the Wax Oil, Having rang for some technical guidance on a very specific job ( treating old beams in a warehouse wharf that had also been treated with some weird fire retardant.... was unsure the wax oil would take, so following the discussion ordered a sample of the Manns have to say both worked very well. Will definitely use this product in the future where the plasterers have not been so messy ( the chalk plaster was dragged out of then beams grain to easily ) But great advice from the team !

Reviewed 100ml Sample, Matt on: 05/08/16

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