A varnish is a clear coating that is applied over a surface to give it a glossy finish. Some of the chemicals used to make varnish are highly flammable and cause dangerous gases that should not be inhaled. Applying a varnish is very easy, although it may take a while to dry.
• Step 1: Wipe off the surface you will be applying the varnish too. If it is a surface that has just had a fresh coat of paint or stain, allow it to dry fully before applying the varnish.
• Step 2: Choose a well ventilated area to work in. If you can't work outside, set up fans directing the fumes outdoors.
• Step 3: Put on a pair of gloves, dip a fine haired brush into the varnish, and paint it onto the surface.
• Step 4: Allow the varnish to dry at least a day before handling it.
Tips for Using Varnish
Almost all varnish is completely clear but some can be found in tints of yellow or red. If the varnish isn't as shiny as you would like it to be, try applying another coat after the first has dried. Keep brush lines to a minimum by using a new brush.