How to Use Jolie Varnish

Jolie Varnish is a clear, water-based acrylic topcoat that creates a long-lasting finish on furniture and cabinetry. An easy to use alternative to Finishing Wax, Jolie Varnish is available in two different sheen levels: Gloss and Low-Luster. Use this non-yellowing topcoat on Jolie Paint, stained, or raw wood.

"Our specialized formula of Jolie Varnish provides a gorgeous crystalline sheen, which is perfect if you are craving something clean and modern. Whether you choose our Low-luster or Gloss finish, you will love the durability." - Lisa Rickert, CEO

Read on for step-by-step instructions for how to apply Jolie Varnish.

Tools & Materials

Step 1

Before beginning, ensure that your surface is clean, dry, and free of all contaminants. Raw wood should be sanded smooth and dusted.

Gently shake your can of Jolie Varnish, then open and stir well to mix in any solids that may have settled at the bottom of the can. Always use Jolie Varnish at full strength - never dilute with water.

Note: Jolie Varnish is not suitable for floors, unprotected exteriors surfaces, waxed surfaces, or food-prep surfaces, such as counter tops.

Step 2

Apply a liberal first coat of Jolie Varnish with a synthetic bristle brush, such as a Jolie Flat Brush, being careful to avoid overworking with pressure or excessive back brushing.

Varnish can also be applied using an airless sprayer. Use the following recommendations and/or the instructions from your sprayer’s manufacturer.

Tip: .011”-.013”

Fan: 40°-60° (8”-12”)

Pressure: 1200-1600 psi

PRO TIP: For larger areas, use a roller to apply Jolie Varnish and brush it out with a Flat Brush. This will give you a more even application and keep you from overworking the finish.

After applying your first coat, allow the Varnish to dry for 4-6 hours.

Always close Varnish container after each use and wash brushes thoroughly with soap and warm water immediately after use.

Step 3

After the Varnish has dried, sand between coats with a fine Jolie Sanding Pad (grey) for the smoothest finish.

Step 4

Repeat steps one through three to apply 1-2 additional coats of Jolie Varnish, making sure to allow each coat to dry for 4-6 hours. Be gentle with the final finish for two days so that the curing process can begin. Jolie Varnish will take up to 30 days to fully cure and harden.

To maintain your finish, clean surface with mild soapy water and avoid harsh chemicals.

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