Rust-Oleum Varathane Soft Touch Polyurethane is a water based polyurethane which gives clear matte finish to the wooden surface. It forms a crystal clear coating over or around the surface which is resistance to smudges, fingerprints, scratches, stains and more. Its coverage depends on porosity of wood but as per the technical data sheet, it is possible to cover 100 square feet of area with liter of solution. This clear matte finish polyurethane is suitable for furniture, doors, trim and more.
Features of Soft Touch Polyurethane
- Best matte polyurethane for interiors.
- Water-based formula which doesnâ€™t take long to dry.
- Gives scratch and stain resistance surface.
- Easy and soap and water clean-up.
NOTE: This is not recommended for outdoor surface.
How to Apply Varathane Soft Touch Matte Finish Polyurethane?
Ideal Conditions to use
Stir thoroughly before and during use. Varathane Interior Matte Polyurethane appears milky when wet but dries to a clear finish. Do not apply in direct sunlight. Use in an area with adequate ventilation such as an open garage. Apply only when air (ambient) temperature is between 60-90Â°F (16-32Â°C) and relative humidity is below 85%. Use full strength. Do not thin. To prevent bubbles in the finish, DO NOT SHAKE and do not overbrush, or apply with a roller
Previously Finished Surfaces â€“ To ensure proper adhesion, surfaces must be clean, dry, and free of wax, grease, oil, shellac, lacquer, mildew, and polishes. Remove wax with a wax stripper, shellac with a paint stripper, and mildew with a solution of 10% household bleach and water. Old finishes in poor condition should be removed. Sand using 120-220 grit sandpaper to obtain a smooth surface. Do not use steel wool as rust may develop after the finish has been applied. Remove all sanding dust using a vacuum, tack cloth, or a clean, lint-free cloth.
Unfinished Surfaces â€“ Sand using 120-220 grit sandpaper and remove all sanding dust using a vacuum, tack cloth, or rag dampened with mineral spirits. If a filler or putty is used, make sure it does not contain wax allow enough time for it to dry thoroughly.
Stained or Painted Wood â€“ For best results, use Varathane Premium Stains or Varathane Premium Fast Dry Stains prior to using Varathane Soft Touch Polyurethane. Follow the stain manufacturerâ€™s recommendations before coating with Polyurethane. Apply VarathaneÂ® Soft Touch Polyurethane directly over thoroughly cured stain. Test a sample for product compatibility.
Apply using a good quality synthetic bristle brush, foam brush, or applicator. Apply in the direction of the wood grain in a smooth uniform coat. Allow the finish to dry 2 hours before re-coating. Lower temperatures and/or higher humidity may cause slower dry times. Re-coat only when previous coats have dried clear and feel hard. The coating should no longer feel tacky to the touch. Apply a second coat after 2 hours. Do not apply more than 2 coats in 24 hours. Sanding between coats is not required. A minimum of three coats is recommended. If wood grain raises, sand smooth before applying the final coat. Allow the finish to dry 48 hours before moderate use. Allow 7 days before subjecting the surface to normal usage.
Properties of Varathane Soft Touch Polyurethane
|Resin Type||Acrylic Urethane|
|Recommended Dry Film
Thickness (DFT) Per Coat
|1.0-2.0 mils (25-50Âµ)|
at Recommended DFT
(assumes 15% material loss)
|Dry Times at 70-80Â°F (21-27Â°C)
and 50% Relative Humidity
|1 Hour to Touch and Re-coat After 2 Hours|
|Shelf Life||3 Years|
|Flash Point||>200Â° F (93Â°C)|
|Safety Information||For additional information, see MSDS|
|Technical Data Sheet||Click here|