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1/2 pt. Satin Amber Polyurethane

  • Poly protection and top coat finish for interior wood surfaces
  • Protects from scratches or stains and features a soft amber hue
  • Water based, poly formula covers up to 40 sq. ft. per can
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Product Overview

Varathane Polyurethane is the most durable finish for protecting wood surfaces and outperforms traditional Oil-based polyurethanes. Easily covers bare and stained wood surfaces. Smooth even finish.
  • Fast drying formula allows additional coats to be applied after just 2 hours
  • Water-based formula delivers maximum performance, scratch and stain resistance and cleans up easily with soap and water
  • Satin sheen adds a low luster finish to the wood's surface
  • Coverage up to 40 sq. ft. for half pints, 150 sq. ft. for quarts and 600 sq. ft. for gallons
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Container Size
8 Ounce
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)


Application Method
Base Material
Water Based
Coating Product Category
Dry to touch (min.)
Number of coats recommended
Number per Package
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Soap & Water
Paint/Stain Features
No additional features
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
Shellac, Lacquer & Polyurethane
Surface Material Use
Time before recoating (hours)

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Satisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price

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Does not look as it appears on the can! It...
Does not look as it appears on the can! It nice, but not the finish I was looking for.
Response from Rust-OleumSupportAug 14, 2018
That is not what we like to hear! Our Varathane Satin Polyurethane is a water-based clear coating, designed to impart a slight amber hue. This amber hue enriches the color of the wood, and will darken as additional coats are applied. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
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Easy to apply. Good result with just one application
Easy to apply. Good result with just one application
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The unfinished bench that I treated looks exactly the same as it did before two coats. The produc...
The unfinished bench that I treated looks exactly the same as it did before two coats. The product does not penetrate the wood at all.
Response from Rust-OleumSupportMay 15, 2018
Let's talk through this, Dan! Please keep in mind that Rust-Oleum Varathane Polyurethane is a clear, oil-based coating with a slight amber tone and surface preparation is key for the best results. To ensure proper adhesion, surfaces must be clean, dry, and free of wax, grease, oil, shellac, lacquer, mildew, and polishes. Make sure to remove wax with a wax stripper, shellac with a paint stripper, and mildew with a solution of 10% household bleach and water. Sand using 150-220 grit sandpaper and remove all sanding dust using a vacuum, tack cloth, or rag dampened with mineral spirits. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5 Rustoleum
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Hoping to hear from Rust-OleumSupport or anyone else for that matter. I purchased this product bu...
Hoping to hear from Rust-OleumSupport or anyone else for that matter. I purchased this product but I'm looking for something that yields a darker amber hue than this does. From what I now understand I should be looking for oil-based polyurethanes but those at Home Depot are labeled 'Clear'. So I'm not sure if they would have the darker amber finish or not, if you could let me know. Thank you.
Response from Rust-OleumSupportAug 22, 2017
Susan, our Varathane Satin Amber Polyurethane is a water-based polyurethane that is designed to mimic the amber hue found when using an oil-based polyurethane. Our Varathane Oil-Based Polyurethane does have an amber hue, and multiple coats of the polyurethane will deepen this color on the applied surface. Here is a link to more information about our Varathane Oil-Based Polyurethane, which is clear with an amber hue: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-qt-Clear-Satin-Oil-Based-Interior-Polyurethane-Case-of-2-9141H/202058848 Rustoleum
    will never use it again
    Finishing a table top and the finish was drying while I was putting it down was clumping. Small table 3'×5' have to sand it down again and start over.only took me 15min to put the finish down!
    Response from Rust-OleumSupportDec 8, 2014
    We are sorry to hear of your experience with the Satin Amber Polyurethane. Polyurethanes tend to dry really quick, and if you keep back rolling the product will form clumps in the coating. You can add about an ounce to 2 ounces of water per quart to help with the flow of the product and slow down the drying time. If you have any other problems you can call our Product Support Group at 1-800-901-0411 and someone would be able to help you with any concerns you may have.Rustoleum
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    Awesome Stain
    This is my first time using this brand and I loved it! Easy to apply. Almost no odor. Water clean up. Fast drying time. Next time I will get the larger size.
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