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Manns Extra Tough Interior Varnish

  4.8/5.0 (155 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.

155 customer reviews
Easy to use, excellent finish by Mrs B Heppell

Easy to use, with an excellent finish, we are very happy with the end result.

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 29/11/16
Nice and Easy to apply by K P Builders

Excellent finish and Easy to use definitely recommend this product

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 26/11/16
Just brilliant by Chris

Over the summer I lovingly prept my eight foot kitchen table; which was in desperate need of an overhaul. I used a known brand, however, the product didn't do what it said on the tin! Again time was spend on prepping the table and researching what I could use. I came across Manns stain and varnish, I read the reviews and I decided that we would use it. I am honestly so pleased, the table looks amazing.

Reviewed 1L, Gloss on: 25/11/16
Easy to apply Attractive non yellowing finish on new oak but many coats needed for durability by Rod Leah

I would certainly use the product again to keep oak as pale as possible without yellowing. Very small amounts of white pigment can enhance this look. However on kitchen doors even 4 coats of satin are not sufficient. I have no experience of the gloss but in future I would experiment by sealing with gloss & finishing with satin.

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 13/11/16
Easy to use, fantastic even finish, very nice sheen by Kevin Robertson
Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 11/11/16
As described, delivered very quickly and does what it says by Mr Banham

Have not used this product before, but read a good number of positive reviews and decided to purchase the 5 litre size container. As with other customers I found it easy to apply and being water based, brush only required to be cleaned with warm soapy water. However, being water based the first coat does raise the grain of the wood, but if you lightly sand after the first and subsequent coats, then you should achieve a good finish. Will be ordering some more as I have 13 doors to varnish, and the ones I have done so far look very good.

Reviewed 5L, Matt on: 06/11/16
Easy application by Tim Ellis

Really easy to use. Have used it on an old railway sleep that I turned into a fire surround. I bought the satin finish and it worked really well.

Reviewed 1L, Satin on: 05/11/16
Great finish by Andrew Dunne

Tough poly varnish, and gives a good matt finish even after several coats. No problem with shine if you sand between coats and let it dry properly. I've used this on dinner tables and other furniture and would happily buy again.

Reviewed 1L, Matt on: 27/10/16
Done the job well by Michael Duffy

This is a great varnish,low odour means you can comfortably work inside the quick drying time allows you to finish a job that needs several coats in one day and the finish is excellent just like the price! 5 stars from me.

Reviewed 1L, Super Gloss on: 26/10/16
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