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BRISTOL Bristol Amber Urethane Finish

Fast and easy to use Bristol wood finish does not require sanding between coats and only needs about one hour drying time between coats so you can quickly finish your project and get out on the water and enjoy yourself! The formulation can be applied "wet on wet" with no sanding required between coats. Resistance to UV light and abrasion far exceeds that of conventional varnish with durability of up to four years in northern latitudes and up to two years in the south.
  • Recommended Usage: Interior and exterior use; Above the waterline use only
  • Formulation: Two-part urethane
  • Additives: UV agents and inhibitors
  • Application Methods: Brush, roller, spray
  • Drying Time: To overcoat: Approx. 1hr.; To full cure: 24-36hrs.
  • Number of Coats Recommended: Six coats minimum over bare wood
  • Color: Translucent amber
  • Coverage: 200sq.ft./qt.
  • Thinner: Acetone, MEK
Customer Reviews
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
Bristol Sealer Catalyst, 4oz. 3692902 CAT 4
In stock online.

$19.99

Bristol Amber Sealer Kit, Gal. 3692852 CTB-GAL
In stock online.

$184.99

Bristol Amber Sealer Kit, Qt. 3692845 CTB-QA
In stock online.

$72.99

Product Description

Fast and easy to use Bristol wood finish does not require sanding between coats and only needs about one hour drying time between coats so you can quickly finish your project and get out on the water and enjoy yourself! The formulation can be applied "wet on wet" with no sanding required between coats. Resistance to UV light and abrasion far exceeds that of conventional varnish with durability of up to four years in northern latitudes and up to two years in the south.
  • Recommended Usage: Interior and exterior use; Above the waterline use only
  • Formulation: Two-part urethane
  • Additives: UV agents and inhibitors
  • Application Methods: Brush, roller, spray
  • Drying Time: To overcoat: Approx. 1hr.; To full cure: 24-36hrs.
  • Number of Coats Recommended: Six coats minimum over bare wood
  • Color: Translucent amber
  • Coverage: 200sq.ft./qt.
  • Thinner: Acetone, MEK

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Bristol Amber Urethane Finish
 
4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

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    (3)

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    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent gloss (6)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wood surfaces (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Classic boat owner (3), Cruiser (3), Perfectionist (3)

    Reviewed by 9 customers

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    5.0

    Nearly perfect finish

    By Gaff Rig Sailor

    from Annapolis, MD

    About Me Classic boat owner, Perfectionist

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy clean-up
    • Excellent gloss

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wood surfaces

      Comments about Bristol Amber Urethane Finish:

      Read the instructions in the package. Read the application recommendations at www.bristolfinish.com
      Applied correctly this finish goes on easily and lasts for years and looks great. I have used a LOT of different products! This one stands out as one of the best. Other excellent products are Smith's 5-year clear urethane (really more of a clear paint but you must use this were there is NO possibility of moisture or dew) or if you are in a hurry Epifanes Rapidcoat for build followed by Rapidclear is also an acceptable solution particularly when you need to apply finish to a boat in service.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Yes ----- But!

      By Desert Sailor

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Cruiser, Perfectionist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Beautiful Finish
      • Excellent gloss
      • Great Finish
      • Recoat Within An Hour

      Cons

      • Gasses When Exposed To Uv

      Best Uses

      • Wood surfaces

      Comments about Bristol Amber Urethane Finish:

      I applied 6 coats over 6 hours to my sanded teak grab rails in my garage. As the product was curing sunlight passed through my garage windows onto the work causing gas bubbles to appear in the finish where the sunlight struck the work. I had to strip and refinish the rails a second time in a darkened garage. The second time - no gassing. I used no strippers - just sanding on previously teak oiled rails. Finish lasted over 2 years exposed to the AZ sun before it started to lift.

       
      4.0

      My fav wood finish

      By saxman

      from midwest

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Bristol Amber Urethane Finish:

      I have used for years on various boats. I like how it can be touched up without sanding down to bare wood.

       
      4.0

      great product after trying others

      By Captain Dave

      from Poulsbo, Wa

      About Me Cruiser

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Color retention
      • Durable
      • Excellent gloss
      • Repels water

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wood surfaces

        Comments about Bristol Amber Urethane Finish:

        For those who don't like to sand, this is a great product. It will go over most varnishes and will look great afterward. Be sure to sand the areas where the old varnish may be peeling. Dry's fast so you can beat the weather. Apply additional coats before the prior coat has dried completely.

         
        5.0

        Great product

        By Teak Lover

        from New Orleans, LA

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Excellent gloss

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Bristol Amber Urethane Finish:

            Used it 2 1/2 years ago on a flagstaff and it still looks like new. Love the ability to apply 5-6 coats in one day on small jobs. Easy to apply with foam brushes and leaves no bubbles or brush marks. And no sanding between coats. Be sure to follow their recommendations regarding sanding and prep. That makes the difference in the finished product.

             
            5.0

            Love This Stuff!

            By Mr. T

            from Tacoma, WA

            About Me Classic boat owner, Cruiser, Trailerboater/Angler

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy clean-up
            • Excellent gloss

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wood surfaces

              Comments about Bristol Amber Urethane Finish:

              Easiest finish I've ever applied. No brush strokes, quick drying, but not too quick. Four hour pot life, combined with re-application after one hour with no sanding allows you to build up a nice base VERY quickly.

              Re: the one negative review. I believe the user failed to follow the recommendations which clearly state it should not be applied over oily woods or oil stains.

               
              5.0

              Love this stuff!

              By Big Mike

              from Texas

              About Me Perfectionist

              Pros

              • Excellent gloss

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wood surfaces

                Comments about Bristol Amber Urethane Finish:

                Its easy to use and lasts a very long time.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Worst finish I ever tried

                By Aging pilot

                from Washington State

                About Me Classic boat owner

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Didn't last long
                  • Hard to mix
                  • Uneven finish

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Bristol Amber Urethane Finish:

                    I put this over the Chris Craft oil based stain in dry, warm weather, last year. It dried too fast, even with thinner. It left brush marks if not applied very fast.
                    This spring I pulled my boat out and found the finish was lifting. I'm having to strip the whole deck and windshield. I'll stick to varnish!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Varnish made easy

                    By bruce2fix[@]

                    from ST .petersburg. Fl

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Bristol Amber Urethane Finish:

                    Bristols is geat , it allows you too see wood grain and beauty. Easy to quick build and easy to maintain once a year.

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