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1 qt. Clear Matte 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 125 sq. ft. per quart
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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 qt. Clear Matte 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 125 sq. ft., apply at least 3 coats on surfaces
  • Matte sheen adds a flat, non-reflective look 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
  • 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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BrandVarathaneVarathaneVarathaneVarathane
Name1 qt. Clear Semi-Gloss Water-Based Interior Polyurethane (2-Pack)1 qt. Clear Satin Water-Based Interior Polyurethane (2-Pack)1 qt. Clear Gloss Water-Based Interior Polyurethane (2-Pack)1 qt. Clear Matte Water-Based Interior Polyurethane
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SheenSemi-GlossSatinGlossFlat/Matte
Container Size1 Quart1 Quart1 Quart1 Quart
Base MaterialWater BasedWater BasedWater BasedWater Based
Application MethodBrushBrushBrushBrush
TransparencyClearClearClearClear
Paint/Stain FeaturesSealerSealerSealerSealer
Paint/Stain Clean UpSoap & WaterSoap & WaterSoap & WaterSoap & Water
Number of coats recommended3333
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product TypeShellac, Lacquer & PolyurethaneShellac, Lacquer & PolyurethaneShellac, Lacquer & PolyurethaneShellac, Lacquer & Polyurethane
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Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size
1 Quart
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)
125

Details

Application Method
Brush
Base Material
Water Based
Coating Product Category
Waterproofer/Sealer
Color Family
Clear
Dry to touch (min.)
60
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
Flat/Matte
Substrate Condition
Bare Wood,Finished Wood,Old/Reclaimed Wood,Stained Wood,Unfinished Wood
Substrate/Surface Use Type
Wood
Time before recoating (hours)
2
Transparency
Clear
Vertical/Horizontal
Vertical / Horizontal

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Satisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price

Questions & Answers

54Questions16Answers

I see that it's 2 hours between coats. But what is the cure time after the 3rd coat?

Asked by Duane May 1, 2021
1
Answer

Happy to help, Duane! We recommend allowing Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Ultimate Polyurethane to dry for 3 days before returning the surface to normal use. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

Can this be sprayed through an HVLP sprayer?

Asked by HVLPspray April 20, 2021
1
Answer

Great question! Since Rust-Oleum Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane Water Based is considered fast drying, we do not recommend spray application. We recommend application with a good quality, synthetic brush or applicator. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 8

After it cures, if you were to spill an alcoholic drink on it or put a hot pizza box on it will i...

Asked by Bob March 24, 2021
2
Answers

If wiped up immediately should be no damage.

Can it be appyed on oilbased polyurethane

Asked by Jon March 18, 2021
2
Answers

No...it will not stick. Flakes off.

What is recommended to apply this product?

Asked by Joe February 18, 2021
2
Answers

Happy to help, Joe! For the best results, we recommend applying Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Ultimate Polyurethane with a good quality, synthetic bristle brush or foam brush. We do not recommend applying with a roller. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

Can i apply this without using tung or linseed oil on an unfinished butcher's block that will be ...

Asked by DB January 14, 2021
2
Answers

You should use mineral oil on counter butcher block. Tung & linseed not food safe and waterbase polyurethane not waterproof and food safe.

Is this the hardest water based p-thane available?

Asked by kmk January 14, 2021
2
Answers

Thank you for reaching out! Our Varathane Ultimate Water-Based Polyurethane creates a very hard, inflexible, and scratch-resistant finish. The gloss sheen of this product would be the hardest and most durable, while the matte finish is a bit softer. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2

Can this be applied over joint compound as a sealant?

Asked by Joe January 9, 2021
1
Answer

We appreciate your interest, Joe! Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Ultimate Polyurethane is intended for use on interior wood surfaces only. If needing to repair the wood, you will want to ensure the repairing products are paintable or stainable. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

Is this a product you expect to get back in stock? It is unavailable at any MN stores, making me wonder if it has been discontinued.

Asked by JD January 3, 2021
1
Answer

We appreciate your interest. Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-based Polyurethane is not discontinued. If you have further questions, feel free to call us at 800-901-0411. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5

How much time should I leave between coats? Applying over pine cabinet stained with Varathane pr...

Asked by Chuck December 30, 2020
2
Answers

Follow can directions.

1 qt. Clear Matte Water-Based Interior Polyurethane - page 2

Customer Reviews

  • 4.6
    out of 263 reviews
  • 80% recommend this product
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Great stuff keeps wood looking natural love it.
Great stuff keeps wood looking natural love it.
by Woody
Beautiful strong matte finish! Maintains super smooth touch after drying. I will use this product...
Beautiful strong matte finish! Maintains super smooth touch after drying. I will use this product for many more projects in the future!
by Jules7
At first I was a little set aside by the...
At first I was a little set aside by the milky shade almost like the urethane was bad or had been frozen after it had dried it gave a tough finish that looked wonderful Just be careful not to use a foam brush and leave bubbles
by Daddydoit
went on very easily self leveling no brush strokes were left behind did not leave a shiny finish ...
went on very easily self leveling no brush strokes were left behind did not leave a shiny finish which was the reason for the matte finish.
by chillywillie
Did very well on by paint projects...
Did very well on by paint projects
by HomeDepotCustomer
Great product that is easy to apply, obtain a very smooth finish, bring out the color in the wood...
Great product that is easy to apply, obtain a very smooth finish, bring out the color in the wood, and proven durable. I build furniture on a regular basis and use this product, exclusively, for my final coats in most cases. In this case, I used the matte finish which is extremely easy to apply and get the desired results. The high gloss finish is requires more attention to preparing and cleaning (dust particles) from the surface before application but still much easier than other products I have used. Really superior...hope you find the same results. Cheers, BlueWaterSailor
by BlueWaterSailor
1 person found this helpful
I was a bit worried since it seemed very watery compared to what I was used to but it applied ext...
I was a bit worried since it seemed very watery compared to what I was used to but it applied extremely well. It settled out very nicely making any brush stroke pretty much disappear. Other than raised grain I do not think we would have had to do much if any sanding between coats. Very nice product. Great end result for our simple desktop construction.
by croakerf2
I needed a non-glossy finish for a project that I had given a weathered wood look to in order to ...
I needed a non-glossy finish for a project that I had given a weathered wood look to in order to preserve the type of look I was going for in the final finish of the project. Varathane Ultimate did the trick. It was also fast-drying, which was a plus because I had a lot of surfaces to cover. So by the time I was finished covering the last surface, the first surface had already dried and was ready for another coat. That was a time saver because it helped me finish the project in half the time since I didn't have to wait for hours between coats. I would high recommend this product.
by DC
1 person found this helpful
I love the matte look. It’s perfect for a table...
I love the matte look. It’s perfect for a table I redid. I put 3 coats and sanded after the first coat but didn’t on the others. Turned out great.
by Ashley
2 people found this helpful
I've used Varathane water-based polyurethane on several projects, but typically buy satin finish....
I've used Varathane water-based polyurethane on several projects, but typically buy satin finish. However, for my current project, I needed to seal reclaimed wood without detracting from the texture and beauty by making it look like it had a finish on it, so I tried matte. It worked wonderfully! The matte water-based polyurethane allowed me to seal and protect some rough reclaimed beams from a 100+ year old tobacco barn, and an old painted & re-painted cabinet door from a factory that I have turned into a queen headboard. It protected the barn beam wood while still allowing you to see and feel the texture of the reclaimed wood, and the matte finish didn't have the plastic look you can get from glossy polyurethane. It slightly darkened the very dry wood from the moisture, but much less than shellac or lacquer in my test samples. It also did not add any color over the painted surfaces of the door, but sealed and protected the paint from chipping off any more. Tips for application: 1) Don't be shocked when you see it white in the can and when you first apply. That's normal and it dries completely clear. See photo with the beam partially coated. 2) Water-based polyurethane has an almost magical ability to self-level so you don't see brush strokes, but it dries very quickly, so you should NOT try to "touch it up" after brushing. Just brush it on, maybe level it off with the tip of the brush immediately after each brush stroke if needed, and then leave it alone until it dries completely. 3) That magical ability to self-level even worked on extremely rough surfaces, although I did need to pull a little extra out of puddles using the tip of a dry brush. 4) If you apply to bare wood (especially very dry wood), expect the first coat to use a lot of polyurethane and slightly darken the wood from the moisture since it soaks in to the fibers a bit. Subsequent coats will flow on smoother, take much less to cover it, and dry completely clear. An excellent product - I highly recommend it. Click on the thumbs up below if you found this review helpful!
by Darryl
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