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1 qt. Gloss Triple Thick Polyurethane

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  • 3X thicker than traditional polyurethane to finish in one coat
  • Excellent scratch and stain protection on interior wood surfaces
  • Self leveling, water based poly covers up to 50 sq. ft. per quart
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Product Details

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. Gloss Triple Thick Polyurethane is 3X thicker than traditional polyurethane. Its advanced water-based, self-leveling formula allows wood projects to be completed with just one coat. It provides a durable finish with exceptional scratch and stain resistance on bare and stained wood.
  • Protects from scratches and stains on interior wood surfaces including furniture, doors, trim and more
  • Only 1-coat necessary, covers up to 50 sq. ft.
  • Gloss finish for a high shine look
  • Ultimate durability provides long lasting protection for stained or bare wood surfaces
  • 3xs thicker formula allows for quick project completion
  • Premium water-based formula dries to the touch in 2 hours
  • Clean up with soap and water
  • Apply in direction of wood grain using a high-quality synthetic brush with a smooth, uniform coat
  • Avoid overloading brush when applying, a very thick coat is not necessary product will naturally build a thick finish
  • New project? Click here to find the right wood stain products
  • Product has a slight amber effect, if applying over light colored stains or paints, test in an inconspicuous area first.
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  • Online price includes PaintCare fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, WA
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Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size1 QuartCoverage Area (sq. ft.)50 sq ft

Details

ApplicationShellac, Lacquer & PolyurethaneApplication MethodBrush
Base MaterialWater BasedCoating Product CategoryWaterproofer/Sealer
Color FamilyClearDry to Touch (min.)120 min
Interior/ExteriorInteriorNumber of coats recommended1
Number per Package1Paint/Stain Clean UpSoap & Water
Paint/Stain FeaturesSealerProduct FormLiquid
Returnable90-DaySheenGloss
Substrate ConditionBare Wood, Finished Wood, Old/Reclaimed Wood, Stained Wood, Unfinished WoodSurface Material UseWood
Time before recoating (hours)0TransparencyTransparent
Vertical/HorizontalVertical / Horizontal

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer WarrantySatisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price
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Questions & Answers

163Questions
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Q:On white surface does it turn yellow
by|Oct 20, 2023
1 Answer
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A:  Great question, Kathy. With proper application, Rust-Oleum Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane will not yellow surfaces, and it will dry to a crystal clear finish. However, please keep in mind that if the paint is water-based, and it was applied to bare wood, the surface may yellow from tannin bleed from the wood. To prevent this, we recommend priming bare wood with an oil-based primer before using a water-based paint. -Rust-Oleum Product Support 14

by|Oct 20, 2023
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    Q:can this be used on a butcher block countertop
    by|Oct 12, 2023
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    A:  Happy to help, Ellen! The Rust-Oleum Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane is designed for application to interior wood surfaces such as furniture and trim. It is not suitable for use on kitchen countertops as it is not formulated to withstand kitchen countertop activity and cleaning. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 8

    by|Oct 28, 2023
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      Q:What's the maximum number of coats I can apply?
      by|Sep 30, 2023
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      A:  Great question, Katty! Rust-Oleum Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane typically does not need more than 2 coats, but additional coats can be applied if needed. You will want to wait at least 2 hours between coats. If more or heavier coats are applied, the cure time can be slowed some. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

      by|Oct 2, 2023
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        Q:Can it be used on painted surfaces?
        by|Sep 27, 2023
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        A:  Hi Anthony, yes, our Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane may be applied over fully cured paint; we recommend allowing 7 days for the paint to fully cure before applying the polyurethane. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2

        by|Sep 28, 2023
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          Customer Reviews

          3.8 out of 5
          (1,326)
          • 3.8
            out of 1,326 reviews
          • 56% recommend this product
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          Just terrible results - Maybe I bought 'old' stock, but, there were small white dots in the can, that went onto my project. Secondly, the coverage was terrible, used 2/3 of a quart on a 30 inch x 6 foot butcher block counter top. Lastly, stroke marks like you wouldn't believe. Wish I could return this product, as I have to start over.
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          Response from Rust-OleumSupportNov 16, 2023
          Hmm, something seems wrong here. We need to know more to understand what may have gone wrong! Can you please give us a call at 800-901-0411, and we would be happy to assist you further?
          -Rust-Oleum Product Support 14 Rustoleum
            Horrible!!!
            This stuff is HORRIBLE!!! Way, way, way too thick. Goes on so thick it’s white - even after drying for 3 days!!! And following the can directions, when it’s sanded it turns COMPLETELY white!!! My table is ruined so I have to sand it all down and start over!!!
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            Response from Rust-OleumSupportOct 16, 2023
            Let's see if we can help! Since Rust-Oleum Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane is a thicker coating, you want to apply in the direction of the wood grain with one, thick smooth uniform coat. Applying too thick of a coating can hinder the drying process, not allowing the coating to dry from white to clear.
            -Rust-Oleum Product Support 14 Rustoleum
              Used on new oak stair treads and risers. Was definitely thicker than the regular product. Very easy to work with and keep a wet edge. Dried to a nice satin finish. Two coats provided excellent build and it is a very hard, clear finish. Time will tell how it wears but confidence is high!
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                Won’t work with one coat & shows brush
                I used this on bare wood table. Thought I could just do one coat as it states (wrong) It says that it self levels (wrong) It would not even level out the brush marks. Had to re-sand and buy the regular polyurethane.
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                Response from Rust-OleumSupportJun 16, 2023
                We appreciate you sharing your experinece! For the best finish, it is essential that Rust-Oleum Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane is applied with a high quality synthetic bristle brush. You want to apply one thick coat in the direction of the wood grain and not overwork the product on the surface. Going over the area once it has started to dry or tack up will cause brush marks. If applying over a porous surface, if the product was applied thinner, a second coat will likely need to be applied. We do recommend lightly sanding the surface with 220 grit sandpaper prior to recoating to ensure a smooth finish.
                - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
                  My wife likes it
                  You get ok build in one coat and good with two. It dries faster than oil base and cleans up with water. Note that it is fundamentally different from oil-base urethane. It does not impart a "warm" tone and produces less figuring. If this is what you want, you'll probably like it. If not, you should try something else. The sample photo is a "White (pine) board" from HD.
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                    • Recommended
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                    Dries clear- use for flat surfaces
                    First coat looked good dried crystal clear but used 2 coats for more protection. 2nd coat had a little haze in parts but overall clear. A thick, even, coat leveled off well on the flat surface. I had to touch up the verticals surfaces and edges right away to prevent drips.
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                    • Recommended
                    Holds up great
                    Holds up great looks clear & spreads great while last.
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                    • Verified Purchase
                    Horrible streaky texture
                    Even if you follow all of the instructions with a high quality brush, you will get the texture of the paintbrush strokes as your finish. If you go as thick as some people were recommending, you get drips down the side. I did 1 coat and it was streaky, with lines of thick product and lines that were basically raw wood. I lightly sanded it down and just applied a second coat with the hopes of it filling in the paintbrush texture and as you can see in the picture, it isn’t getting any more smooth.
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                    Response from Rust-OleumSupportAug 25, 2022
                    If brush strokes occur during the application, we recommend lightly skimming the surface with the brush to knock these down, smoothing the finish. If you can give us a call at 800-901-0411, we will be happy to help. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
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                      Absolutel dumpster fire of a product.
                      I used minwax high build for years from home depot. For some reason they don't carry it anymore.. Now all they have is varathane The stuff is absolute garbage it doesn't flow out leaves tons of brush marks now I have to redo a whole project and on top of that if you put it on thick it will not dry clear. Do not waste your time or money with this product!
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                      Response from Rust-OleumSupportMar 14, 2022
                      Thank you for reaching out and sharing your experience, Paul. To ensure a smooth finish with Rust-Oleum Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane, it is essential that it is applied with a high-quality synthetic bristle brush. It is also best to avoid overworking the product on the surface.
                      - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
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