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Enduro-Var II is a reformulation of our original oil-modified, ambering, water-based topcoat. It replaces original Endurovar and is made with more than 70% RENEWABLE RESOURCES formulated from sustainable materials that decrease the carbon footprint and is compatible with ALL GF products. The new formula dries to a lighter amber than the previous formula, is highly water-resistant, and is both sprayable and brushable.

How to Apply General Finishes Enduro-Var Water Based Topcoat 

CAUTION: Do not use over bright whites as the finish will yellow. Enduro-Var has a slight pink cast to the color in the can. This is normal. It will dry to a light amber color.

  1. Watch Enduro-Var II product overview video here and a comparison video of our topcoats here
  2. Work in a well-ventilated area. 
  3. Stir topcoat thoroughly to reincorporate solids that have settled to the bottom of the can before and throughout the application process.
  4. Test for adhesion. 
  5. Thin as desired with distilled water; start with 5%, adding up to 10% by volume.
  6. Increase open time, if needed, with 10-15% General Finishes Extender if allowed by local regulations. GF Extender will improve flow and leveling and increase open time, which is helpful in dry climates. 
  7. Apply 3 coats. More coats will not improve durability.Finish sand between coats with a fine-grade (220-320) foam sanding pad to improve smoothness and adhesion.
    • Hand application: Apply a liberal amount of product using a synthetic bristle brush, foam brush, pad applicator, or roller along the wood grain with smooth, even strokes & light lap lines. Avoid pressure and back brushing. Lap lines will tighten down as they dry. 
    • Spray application: Before spraying, strain topcoat through a fine-mesh filter. Spray wet films at 3-5-mil thickness. HVLP: 1.1mm-1.3mm spray tip, medium air cap. Verify tip sizes with your equipment supplier. See our general guide for spray tip sizes. Keep your gun at a 90° angle, 6-8" from the surface. On large, flat areas, use wet, even patterns 6-8" wide. For narrow surfaces, reduce the fan pattern to 2-3" wide to reduce overspray. Overlap each pass 25% to conceal lines. Wear a full filter respirator (NIOSH/MSHA-approved) and work in a ventilated space. Visit this FAQ for more information on spraying techniques.
  8. Remove dust with a vacuum, compressed air, an oil-free tack cloth or a water-dampened rag.

Enduro-Var Ambers
General Finishes Enduro-Var is water-based, but it imparts a warm amber tone and brings out grain definition as a traditional solvent urethane would on exotic woods such as Paduk, Cocobolo, and Bubinga.

Tinting & Toning Enduro-Var
Add up to 5% General Finishes Dye Stain or General Finishes Ready-to-Match Stain to enhance color tone. General Finishes Amber Dye Stain or General Finishes Vintage Cherry Dye Stain work well, or a 50:50 combination of both. Apply 2 coats of the tinted topcoat for a deeper, more vibrant color.

High-Use Surfaces
General Finishes High Performance TopcoatGeneral Finishes Enduro Clear Poly and General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Topcoat are recommended on high-use surfaces such as kitchen tabletops, kitchen cabinets or bath vanities instead of Enduro-Var because they have greater water and chemical resistance. 

WARNING: Incompatible Products

  1. Shellac
  2. Linseed Oils
  3. Danish Oils
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