Yacht Varnish Clear High Gloss, Interior & Exterior, 1lt | 2.5lt | 5lt

(15 customer reviews)

Palatine Yacht Varnish is a tough, traditional varnish for new, previously painted, stained or varnished surfaces.  Its quality and high gloss finish means it’s perfect for yachts, boats and other exterior wood projects.

Also available in an aerosol.



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Durable, traditional solvent based exterior yacht varnish, with a clear gloss finish for new, previously painted or stained wood.  Superior quality, high gloss yacht varnish is formulated to provide a tough coating for ensuring yachts, boats and exterior wood stay looking fantastic.

Good coverage and quick drying time enables you to complete jobs quickly with great results. Our Yacht Varnish provides superb durability, also making it ideal as a coating for windows and doors to protect them from poor weather.

Palatine Yacht Varnish Key Features:

  • Outdoor clear varnish – ultimate protection against chemicals and pollution for exterior wood
  • Ideal for: hard and soft wood – including doors, windows and marine woodwork
  • Quick drying: Touch dry in 2 hours
  • Weather resistant exterior varnish: prevents UV and water damage
  • Extremely durable: resists cracking and blistering
  • Excellent wet edge and flow out
  • Suitable for both new or previously painted or stained surfaces

Appearance and Application Tips:

  • The finish of Palatine Yacht Varnish is clear with a high gloss. While we advise it has a slight “straw” tint, our customers use it because of its clarity. Browse the reviews for more details.
  • With a good wet edge it is easy to apply by brush or roller. It can also be applied by conventional or airless spray.
  • We recommend a minimum of two coats of yacht varnish for maximum protection and always allow for the suggested time between coats (see directions for use above).
  • This coating is touch dry in two hours and hard dry in 8 hours.
  • It can be used on hardwood, softwood, metals and other substrates (contact us if you are unsure).
  • When applying an outdoor varnish or paint, avoid windy conditions which can blow dust and grit into your wet surface.
  • For thinning and cleaning tools and equipment use Carbosolv White Spirit.

Yacht varnish is an excellent tough coating with an attractive high gloss finish. Our other varnishes for wood include Polyurethane Varnish  and Polyurethane Floor Varnish. For an eggshell finish yacht varnish, see Coo-Var Yacht & Seaplane Varnish Eggshell. If you are unsure which varnish to use give us a call on 01942 884122.  Take care if removing old coatings containing lead, please visit the BCF for an illustration on how to deal with this.

GHS Flammable ghs 07

Colours Available: Clear.

Pack Sizes: 1 Litre, 2.5 Litre, 5 Litre.

Coverage / Drying Times:

Surface Dry: 2 hours

Hard Dry: 8 hours

Overcoat: after 24 hours
Keep coated areas dry for a minimum of 24 hours following application.
Please note, drying times will be extended at low temperatures. Do not apply when ambient temperature falls below 10ºC

Theoretical Coverage: 12 – 14m² per litre.

(Coverage rate can be affected by such variables as type and condition of substrate, type of application equipment and individual method of application.)


Proper surface preparation is essential for the success of any protective coating system. Before you begin ensure the area is free from any dust, oil, grease, old coatings and surface contaminants.

All surfaces to be painted should be clean, dry and free from loose and flaking material, dust, grease etc.

Rub down previously gloss painted surfaces with fine waterproof abrasive paper and rinse thoroughly.


Best results are obtained in warm (minimum 10°C), dry conditions.

Mix thoroughly for approximately 2 minutes using a drill stirrer. A wooden batten at least 25mm wide is also ideal.
Apply an even coat using a brush, short to medium pile roller on smooth surfaces.

For spray application by either airless or conventional spray a dilution ration of no more than 10% is recommended with Palatine White Spirit by volume applying thin coats allowing each one to dry before applying subsequent coats.

Once dried, a second coat can be applied at full strength. This will prolong the life and performance of the coating.

Thinning and Cleaning: Use Palatine White Spirit.

A minimum of two coats is recommended on bare wood to optimize the coatings performance.

Please note: The colours on the product listings are only given as a guide. This is due to the fact that every computer monitor has a different capability to display colours. In addition, everyone sees these colours differently. Sample pots are available to order upon request. Always carry out a test patch (approximately 100x100mm) before full application to ensure compatibility with previous coatings and the substrate, and to ensure the colour achieved meets your requirements. Failure to do so will result in a product refund claim not being accepted.

Product Documents

15 reviews for Yacht Varnish Clear High Gloss, Interior & Exterior, 1lt | 2.5lt | 5lt

  1. andylonnen (verified owner)

    Continued use of this Varnish for my Boatbuilding work.
    Excellent application and good drying qualities.
    Definitely recommend!

  2. John Charles William Mellows

    varnish arrived quickly and I have been very pleased with the results and the build up of coats. The price is excellent compared with other well known brands of marine varnish. Highly recommended

  3. Andy Lonnen (verified owner)

    Repeat ordering of this product. Really pleased with coverage and weather resistance.
    Excellent trouble free service and delivery.

    Thank you

  4. mckinnell60 (verified owner)

    The varnish flows well and good build up. Time will tell on UV resistance of course, especially on our boats, but indications are this varnish will replace my usual pricey marine big names.

  5. Alex Smith (verified owner)

    Bought for coating outside mud kitchen. Excellent coverage which gave wood vibrant shine. Quick dispatch and delivery.

  6. Reginald P (verified owner)


  7. Leonard Vaughan. (verified owner)

    I Bought 1ltr of Yacht Varnish Clear High Gloss for interior and Exterior Absolutely Brilliant and Highly Recommended.

  8. bubblesforkids

    We bought this exterior yacht varnish on ebay to start with, with lockdown closing DIY stores. WOW we have been making Novelty Chalkboards for 5 years now and never found a clear varnish that didn’t show up yellow tinges. This is amazing on all levels, CLEAR very CLEAR and makes our chalkboards so hard, so will help maintain the wood. We are ordering another 5 litre today after only 1 week since last can. I cannot say how happy we are, our whites, pale pastel coloured paints are all looking how they should. Well done Palatine Paints, keep up the good work. Would be great if you could introduce COLOURED exterior paints too as we would certainly be buying these.
    Rosemary/Davie @ Novelty Chalkboards. Scotland 🙂

    • jason

      Thanks Rosemary and Davie for your comments. We do coloured exterior paints! Have a browse around the website. Our two hour gloss and our Palatine Professional in matt and satin are all ideal for exterior use and can be made in any colour from the RAL Classic and BS381c and BS4800 colour charts

  9. T Rys

    I used this varnish for veranda wood construction. It was easy to apply, very efficient, nice glossy finish. Will buy again.

  10. Jake

    Very good finish. Thickly applied. Used on floor. Covered 45 square meters.

  11. Joe Law

    Found this company on Amazon and ordered 2.5 lt unit. Delivery was very quick and product excellent to administer. First class service

  12. mcheyne17

    Excellent product and excellent service. Clare really helpful on the chat line. A pleasure to deal with this company and a great find on the internet. 5 star company!

  13. R Johnson

    I have used the marine varnish on the external rubbing rails and cockpit of a South Coast One Design and found it has lasted far better than the Epifans yacht varnish or the Hempel Quick Drying yacht varnish, particularly for high wear areas.

  14. Malcolm McGeoch

    top quality in every respect (1 Litre)

  15. Peter Fuller

    Excellent service & product (1 Litre)

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