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Which Topcoat Should I Choose?

General Finishes Water Based Topcoats:

  • High Performance
  • Flat Out Flat
  • Enduro-Var
  • Enduro Professional Topcoats (Enduro Clear Poly, Enduro Conversion Varnish, Enduro Water Based Laquer)

General Finishes Oil Based Topcoats

  • Arm-R-Seal Liquid Oil Based Topcoat
  • Gel Satin Topcoat

GENERAL PRACTICE:

  • Oil based topcoats and Enduro-Var will amber over time.
  • Water based Flat Out Flat and High Performance top coats dry clear.
  • Never use any water based topcoat with long oils such as Danish, Tung or Linseed.
  • Water based top coats clean up with water. OIl based topcoats require mineral spirits for clean up.
  • Enduro-Var ADHERES WELL only over WATER STAINS, DYE STAINS, and RAW WOOD.
  • If you use water based topcoats over oil based finishes, make sure that you wait 72 hours between the two products. It is essential to let the oil finish dry longer.
  • Large/Detailed Surfaces – For more complex projects that have a lot of nooks and crannies or projects with large surface areas such as cabinets, we recommend either ARM-R-SEAL liquid oil based topcoat or any of our water based topcoats.
  • Enduro Professional Top Coats are thinner and intended to be sprayed
    High Performance and Flat Out Flat can also be sprayed. If needed, it can be thinned by adding 10% water or Extender. Large surfaces such as cabinets or tables and complex projects with lots of detail are easier to cover with liquid top coat rather than a Gel top coat.