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8 oz. Clear Satin Water-Based Interior Polyurethane

  • Easy to apply water based polyurethane protection to wood
  • Self leveling, clear finish poly with max top coat durability
  • Fast dry, poly formula covers up to 30 sq. ft. per 8 oz. can
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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 8 oz. 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 30 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
  • Actual paint colors may vary from on-screen and printer representations
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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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Questions & Answers

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Q:Is this non odor
by|Nov 20, 2022
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A:  Happy to help! Rust-Oleum Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane Water-Based is low odor. For best results, apply only when air (ambient) temperature is between 55-90°F (13-32°C) and the relative humidity is below 85% and use adequate ventilation at all times. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 4

by|Nov 21, 2022
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    Q:will this apply well over enamel painted cabinets?
    by|Nov 20, 2021
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    A:  We appreciate your interest, Eric. Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-based Polyurethane can be applied to bare, stained, or painted wood surfaces. As long as the paint is sound, cleaned, and lightly sanded, you can apply this product. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5

    by|Dec 22, 2021
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      A:  I don’t expect it to yellow; however my table top is espresso color.

      by|Mar 15, 2022
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      Q:Newbie with finishes. The instructions say to apply at least 3 coats. How do I know when I have applied enough coats? What benefits or damage can I do by applying extra coats?
      by|Aug 19, 2021
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      A:  Thank you for reaching out, Timm! We recommend waiting at least 2 hours between each coat of Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Ultimate Polyurethane. At least 3 full coats are needed, however additional ones can be applied if desired. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

      by|Aug 20, 2021
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        Q:Can this be used in an airless sprayer?
        by|Feb 17, 2021
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        A:  We appreciate your interest. Due to how quickly Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Ultimate Polyurethane dries, we do not recommend applying with an airless sprayer. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

        by|Feb 18, 2021

          A:  I have no idea. I used a foam brush. The consistency is very watery so it possibly could.

          by|Jul 9, 2022
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          Customer Reviews

          4.6 out of 5
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          Highly recommend
          Excellent product. Dries quickly, great shine, goes on smoothly for minimal lines
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          Bought this in satin to finish an oak wine rack with a stained glass panel I made and was impress...
          Bought this in satin to finish an oak wine rack with a stained glass panel I made and was impressed with how easy to apply and clean up and how fast it dried compared to oil based products. I made sure I used a good brush recommended for water based finishes. Completed the job in record time!
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          Result
          It doesnt really leave a shine it’s more matte, not overly Happy with the results
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          Professional and natural look
          A very natural look. It gave the piece a fantastic finish. I’m really pleased with the result.
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          Didn’t protect like Sherwin Williams
          I bought this at my local Home Depot when my other can (the same product but from Sherwin Williams paint store) ran out. I’ve never had a problem with ‘cheaper’ brands and I have used Rustoleum brands before. I was THRILLED to find it in a satin sheen and had a project prepped and ready to go, just needed the finish. I have used this type of product before, but still read all of the instructions. The first coat went on great. I noticed a small surface scratch - only through the poly, so I figured a second coat would help to make it more durable and was recommended anyways. After 3 days of eating on the patio so we didn’t ruin the finish we started using the table, but yet AGAIN the surface is SO fragile, an envelope on top of BREADCRUMBS left scratches. The whole reason I bought this product was to help preserve the finish. If you so much as look at it the wrong way it’s scratches off lightly with your finger nail. I don’t know if I got a bad batch or I am not applying it thick enough? But this is not my first time using poly and it is the only time I’ve ever had this problem. The whole reason I bought this product was to help preserve the finish. If you so much as look at it the wrong way it’s scratches off lightly with your finger nail. I don’t know if I got a bad batch or I am not applying it thick enough? But this is not my first time using poly and it is the only time I’ve ever had this problem. Next time I’m paying for the ‘expensive’ stuff
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          Response from Rust-OleumSupportJun 23, 2020
          Let's talk through this, Nicole! Please keep in mind that the Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-based Polyurethane is suitable for interior surfaces only and will not be able to dry properly on exterior surfaces. This product also requires a minimum of 3 coats to build up the right protection. We suggest sanding the surface smooth and reapply with the recommend number of coats. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5 Rustoleum
            Use a lot of caution putting this over light colors, especially white paint. I painted my kitchen...
            Use a lot of caution putting this over light colors, especially white paint. I painted my kitchen cabinets with white Beyond Paint, and after letting them dry for over a week, I follow the instructions and brushed one thin coat of the clear satin Varathane over the white paint. This stuff dried pale yellow, and collected a bit in the corners and looks like melted butter dried there. Now the doors will need to be repainted.
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            Response from Rust-OleumSupportMay 20, 2020
            Let's talk about this! If the paint used is water-based and applied to bare wood, you are most likely experiencing tannin bleed on the surface. This is from the surface and not from Rust-Oleum Varathane Water-Based Ultimate Polyurethane. You also want to avoid having the product pool on the surface or corners as this can also cause discoloration. To correct the tannin bleed, we recommend priming the surface with an oil-based primer, like Rust-Oleum Zinsser Cover Stain Oil-Based Primer, and then recoating.
            https://www.homedepot.com/p/Zinsser-Cover-Stain-1-gal-White-Oil-Based-Interior-Exterior-Primer-and-Sealer-3501/100398377
            - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
              1 found this review helpful
              This is an okay polyeurathane but I recommend no more than 3 coats! The can says the apply at lea...
              This is an okay polyeurathane but I recommend no more than 3 coats! The can says the apply at least three, I did 4. It darkened the stain a little bit (which I ended up not minding) but on the fourth coat, my finish became cloudy. I later read this is probably due to a 'flattening agent' in the satin poly that causes cloudiness with too many coats. This poly goes on easy and dries very fast (within an hour or two) and has very little odor. I sanded about 300 grit in between coats and the finish came out nice and smooth. As far as scratch resistance, I find it still scratches pretty easily. There were a few small scratches after working with it on my clean workbench top.
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              Worked Exactly as Expecting
              I recently had a new floor put in, and to my horror, one of my boards splintered. When i called up the company to fix it- the guy was trying to guess the exact sheen, and it kept coming out very noticably different than the rest of the floor, which was satin. I gave him the boot and researched how to do it. Based on the reviews- I gave this product a shot. Sure enough, after a few coats, i couldnt see his mistakes anymore, and it blended in literally PERFECTLY with the rest of the floor, way better than i had anticipated. For 8 bucks it was worth it for just a single board. I’m confident in this product if i need to do any additional touch ups in the future!
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                Went on a little milky but dries clear. I used three coats and am thinking of using 1 more. Brus...
                Went on a little milky but dries clear. I used three coats and am thinking of using 1 more. Brushed smoothly with low/no VOC smell.
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                The clear satin finish did the job very well. Follow instructions on dry times accordingly for mu...
                The clear satin finish did the job very well. Follow instructions on dry times accordingly for multiple coats.
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