Ronseal Exterior Yacht Wood Varnish - Gloss or Satin - All Sizes

Yacht varnish


Yacht Varnish protects outdoor wood all year long so it’s perfect for windows and doors. It’s a tough traditional varnish and resists cracking, peeling and blistering.

How to use Yacht Varnish

Before you start

Make sure your wood is dry before you begin. Choose a day that’s reasonably warm (above 10°c) and dry.

This varnish isn’t suitable for decking though.

How to prepare wood for varnishing

  1. You will need to remove old stain or varnish by sanding it down. Use 120 grit sandpaper and sand away the old finish.
  2. Wipe down the surface with white spirit and a cloth to remove the leftover dust.

If your wood is brand new, you will need to sand it to remove loose wood and clean with white spirit.


  1. Thoroughly stir your varnish to make sure it’s smooth and there’s no lumpy bits.
  2. Test it on a small patch of your door. It’s clear varnish but it may still darken the natural colour of your wood so make sure you’re happy with it.
  3. If you are, start painting with a brush. Go in the direction of the grain and for best results, apply two or three coats. Wait eight hours between each coat.
  4. Before you apply your last coat, lightly sand the surface and use white spirit to remove the excess dust. This will give you a nice smooth finish. Your last coat will be dry in four hours.



Once your varnish is dry, you’ll be able to clean your door as normal. Keep on top of the dirt and grime for a friendly welcome to your home.

You can clean your brushes with white spirit or brush cleaner.


It’s easy to repair your varnish if sections of it become damaged. Simply use some sandpaper to sand down and smooth out the damaged part and then add a couple of coats so it’s good as new again.

Technical Specification

Usage Smooth exterior wood like doors and windows
Coverage Up to 16m2 per litre
Dry time Four hours
Coat time Eight hours
Number of coats Three
Colours Clear
Finish Satin and gloss
Durability Won’t grey in the sunshine and protects against the rain
Application Brush
Varnish base Solvent
Sizes 0.5L, 1L, 2.5L
VOC High