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Epifanes Gloss Clear Varnish : We are building a house and have chosen a soft maple entrance door. I like the high gloss look of this product. The porch is 7 feet deep, so the door is well protected from sun and elements. How do you think this produc

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If you carefully follow the can's directions regarding the thinning of the first coats to seal the wood, then you should be pleased with the look and durability of the finish. It provides excellent results for a one-part urethane. However,, I have always used the Epifanes Thinner to dilute the coats, so I can't ensure similar results to mine if you use a different thinner.

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I use the epifane clear varnish to finish new and refinish old exterior mahogany doors. I apply a minimum of six coats to obtain the deep gloss finish that seems to hold up extremely well in our area. (Alabama) The doors look great and with some protection from the hot sun, i have some doors that have gone for 6-8 years without any maintenance. When the finish does dull, a light sanding and an additional coat seems to work well.

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It is a good product, so long as you apply multiple(6-8) coats according to label instructions. You will have to reapply two coats annually, more if in southern latitudes.

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