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1 Gal. Clear Satin Water-Based Interior Polyurethane

  • Easy to apply superior poly protection for interior wood surfaces
  • Self leveling, smooth clear finish with max top coat durability
  • Fast dry, durable formula covers up to 500 sq. ft. per gallon
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Beautifies With Scratch and Stain Resistant Finish

Beautifies With Scratch and Stain Resistant Finish

Polyurethane protects wood projects such as furniture, crafts and trim. Protective clear coat and sealer provides a scratch resistant surface on interior wood.

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Creating flawless finishes for over 60 years

Expert wood finishing quality since 1958 for the professional, DIY fixer upper, furniture maker or home restoration project.

Triple Thick Formula for One Coat Coverage

Triple Thick Formula for One Coat Coverage

Available in Water-Base, Oil-Base and Triple Thick Polyurethane with Satin, Gloss and Semi-Gloss sheens for custom project needs.

Craft Sealer

Craft Sealer

Create unique décor and gifts

Protect Items from Moisture

Protect Items from Moisture

Seal and protect wood from moisture

Topcoat Tables and Furniture

Topcoat Tables and Furniture

Use polyurethane for protecting tables, chairs, cabinets and furniture

Apply Polyurethane to Wood

Apply Polyurethane to Wood

Products like Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane make wood stain projects fast

Interior Ceramic Tile Floor

Available in Matte, Gloss, Satin and Semi-Gloss

Water-based poly features low odor and easy soap and water clean up.

Water Based Poly Headboard

Varathane Ultimate Water-Based Polyurethane

Crystal clear, non-yellow finish offers protective coating over indoor surfaces including tables, shelves and more.

Oil Based Polyurethane Based Can

Available in Matte, Gloss, Satin and Semi-Gloss

Oil-based polyurethane creates a warm amber glow that deepens over time. Golden tone highlights wood grain.

Oil Based Poly Table and Bench

Varathane Ultimate Oil-Based Polyurethane

Durable poly sealer offers superior scratch and stain resistance for delicate furniture and stained wood.

Triple Thick Polyurethane Can

Available in Matte, Gloss, Satin and Semi-Gloss

Triple thick poly top coat protects 3X faster than traditional polyurethane. Advanced durability in one coat saves time.

Triple Thick Poly

Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane

Seal and protect surfaces with a premium, long lasting finish. Ultimate protection for stained or natural wood.

Varathane 1 Gal. Clear Satin Water-Based Interior Polyurethane is specially formulated to let wood's natural beauty shine through. High clarity protective coating for indoor wood projects provides a crystal clear finish. Premium polyurethane retains the same clear finish as the day it was applied and will not yellow with time.
  • Ideal for protecting interior wood finishing projects and applications including furniture, doors, cabinets and trim
  • Covers up to 500 sq. ft., apply at least 3 coats on surfaces
  • Satin sheen adds a low luster to surfaces in a hard crystal-clear finish
  • Long lasting, durable formula provides abrasion and scratch resistance on surfaces
  • Low odor, water-based formula features outstanding stain resistance for interior wood projects and does not require sanding between coats
  • Dries to touch in 2 hours
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  • Online price includes PaintCare fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, WA
  • California residents

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Ratings
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SheenSemi-GlossSatinGlossSatin
Container Size1 Gallon1 Gallon1 Gallon1 Gallon
Base MaterialWater BasedWater BasedWater BasedWater Based
Application MethodBrush,RollerBrushBrushBrush
Paint/Stain FeaturesSealerSealerSealerSealer
TransparencyClearClearClearClear
Number of coats recommended2333
Paint/Stain Clean UpSoap & WaterSoap & WaterSoap & WaterSoap & Water
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product TypeShellac, Lacquer & PolyurethaneShellac, Lacquer & PolyurethaneShellac, Lacquer & PolyurethaneShellac, Lacquer & Polyurethane
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Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size
1 Gallon
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)
500 ft²

Details

Application Method
Brush
Base Material
Water Based
Coating Product Category
Waterproofer/Sealer
Color Family
Clear
Dry to touch (min.)
60 min
Interior/Exterior
Interior
Number of coats recommended
3
Number per Package
1
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Soap & Water
Paint/Stain Features
Sealer
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
Shellac, Lacquer & Polyurethane
Product Form
Liquid
Sheen
Satin
Substrate Condition
Bare Wood,Finished Wood,Old/Reclaimed Wood,Stained Wood,Unfinished Wood
Surface Material Use
Wood
Time before recoating (hours)
2
Transparency
Clear
Vertical/Horizontal
Vertical / Horizontal

Warranty / Certifications

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Satisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.4
    out of 247 reviews
  • 82%recommend this product
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I purchased this product based on a recommendation as a floor finish by a Home Depot employee during a time when inventory was limited. I discovered after the fact that this product is not recommended for use on floors. This product frequently left distorted white areas and over time, a white haze on the treated areas. I noticed white marks on the floor. I needed to re-sand, re-stain and re-finish the entire room. I ended up finishing the last room with Minwax with excellent results.
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Response from Rust-OleumSupportApr 4, 2022
Let's see what we can figure out Keith. Varathane Ultimate Water Base Polyurethane is not designed for application to floors. For wood floors, the correct product to use is Varathane Water Based Floor Finish Polyurethane.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-gal-Clear-Semi-Gloss-Water-Based-Floor-Polyurethane-2-Pack-230131/202057140
- Rust-Oleum Product Support 6 Rustoleum
    Low order, quick drying. It worked great for my project, I whitewashed my hardwood floors and thi...
    Low order, quick drying. It worked great for my project, I whitewashed my hardwood floors and this was the perfect sealer for it. You do need to apply at minimum 3 coats. I used a brush for the job 3-4 inches wide, did the job beautifully. It doesn’t scratch and I would say it holds up just as good as an oil based sealer, but without the heavy smell and the yellow tone it has.
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    Loosely attached lid, spilled all over my trunk
    I bought a gallon of this and on my way home from Home Depot, it spilled all over my trunk. I was advised to reach out to Rust-Oleum customer support, and despite their frequent activity in this review section, it takes weeks to get a reply via email. Portions of my new vehicle's warranty were voided because of this product and the best they'll do is refund me for the gallon. Steer clear of Rustoleum, buy from anyone else.
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    Response from Rust-OleumSupportJun 18, 2021
    That's not what we expect to hear, Michael. For further assistance with your can of Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Ultimate Polyurethane, please give us a call at 800-901-0411.
    - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
      This products is very easy to use. It goes on very smoothly. I sprayed it on and finished level a...
      This products is very easy to use. It goes on very smoothly. I sprayed it on and finished level and beautiful. I will definitely use the as my preferred topcoat from now on.
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      1 found this review helpful
      Excellent water based polyurethane.
      I use the outdoor ultimate spar urethane most of the time but wanted an indoor polyurethane finish for a dresser I was making and this stuff is great. It has great body for spraying. Seems a little thick at first to spray but it is not, it sprays great right out of the can. The spar urethane is slightly thinner, still spray well but will run easier. This polyurethane being thicker hold very well without running on vertical areas. Levels out great and gives a nice smooth hard crystal clear finish. If you are used to spraying finishes this is very similar to spraying a non water based pre cat lacquer except you can apply it quite as thick. I have many years experience as a finisher doing primarily country club, hotel public area custom items.
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        Excellent product
        Excellent product, Brush marks layout and you don’t see them after they dry use a fine Scotch-Brite pad between coats And wiped down thoroughly. I don’t recommend more than three.
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          1 found this review helpful
          Discoloration of Hardwood Flooring
          I chose this product due to it's claimed quick dry time and lack of odor, however, upon application and drying, caused severe discoloration of my newly refinished 100yr old floors. Instruction were followed to a T and the stain was thoroughly dried prior to Varathane application. Application of this product caused the color to leach out of the wood. Please refer to the attached pictures.
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          Response from Rust-OleumSupportMay 8, 2020
          That is not what we like to see, Julia! It looks like the stain was not yet dry enough when our Varathane Ultimate Water-Based Polyurethane was applied. From the photos, it is not possible to see whether the excess stain was wiped after it had been applied, as this is a crucial step to ensure proper drying of penetrating wood stains. Keep in mind that our Varathane Ultimate Water-Based Polyurethane is not recommended for floors, and our Varathane Water-Based Floor Finish Polyurethane should be used for this type of application. Please give us a call at 800-901-0411, we will be happy to help with suggestions to correct the application, and get your floor looking great! https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-gal-Clear-Satin-Water-Based-Floor-Polyurethane-230231/100142887 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
            2 found this review helpful
            We used the Varathane water-based satin to seal tongue and groove paneling in a new addition at o...
            We used the Varathane water-based satin to seal tongue and groove paneling in a new addition at our house. We left the knotty pine natural with no stain before sealing and will let the wood naturally darken with age. The product was easy to apply with a 4" brush for latex paints. We applied three coats per the instructions on the can (an answer from Rustoleum in the "questions" section recommends four coats). We found three coats to be fully adequate. The paneling is smooth with no brush marks and the urethane gives the grain in the wood excellent depth. The satin finish has a slight sheen that gives the wood a nice polished appearance without being shiny. We reapplied each successive coat in about four hours so no steel wool was required between coats. Clean up is a breeze with warm water and a small amount of soap.
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              1 found this review helpful
              No durability
              I used this finish because it was a crystal clear on a gray stained furniture piece I built after, 4 coats there is absolutely no durability. I did not even get the piece out of my shop and my fingernail would leave marks in the finish from just a slight touch. I am not a novice at woodworking and have built many pieces and finished perfectly with oil based finishes but waterborne finishes while environmentally friendly are terrible. The finish was dry a week and still the slightest touch the would leave me upset. I switched to an oil product and am having no problems anymore. I will keep with the oil finish on all my future projects.
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              Response from Rust-OleumSupportMar 24, 2020
              Something is amiss here, Chas! Our Varathane Water-Based Polyurethane cures to a very hard, scratch-resistant finish, so this is not at all what we expect from this product. Please give us a call at 800-901-0411, we want to try to make things right! - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
                1 found this review helpful
                Easy to apply. Looks great.
                Easy to apply. Looks great.
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