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Waterborne Conversion Varnish by Mohawk


Mohawk’s Waterborne Conversion Varnish is a freeze-thaw stable formula that is a water reducible, post catalyzed, low VOC emitting technology that has excellent color retention and is suitable for cabinet, millwork, furniture and other high traffic interior wooden surfaces.

Waterborne Conversion Varnish delivers ultimate durability and mar resistance with as little as two coats and can be used as a self-sealing system.
This product should be used with conversion lacquer catalyst M641-7014
Once catalysed the pot life is 24 hours.

Waterborne Conversion Varnish is formulated to meet production shop needs and is an excellent environmentally friendly alternative to comparable solvent base post catalyzed products. Waterborne Conversion Varnish may be applied over any Mohawk stain or opaque colors. Allow oil type stains to dry a minimum of 1 hour for improved adhesion.

  • Suitable for LEED® projects
  • Contains no formaldehyde, phthalates or lead
  • Low odor, water clean up
  • Easy to apply, dries quickly
  • Does not turn yellow
  • High solid content
  • Self-leveling
  • Enhances the color of natural and dyed woods
  • Increased resistance to abrasion and household products
  • Mild, non-annoying odour
  • Excellent transparency

Directions for use


Stir thoroughly before using. Add Waterborne Conversion Varnish Catalyst M641-701 slowly while stirring at a rate of 5% by volume. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before use.
Once catalysed the pot life is 24 hours.

Apply over Mohawk Waterborne Pre-Catalyzed Sealer [M640-21007] or Waterborne Wood Tone Sealer [MA641-24007] or use as a self sealing system, and allow 30-45 minutes to dry before sanding with 320 grit sandpaper.


Spray Waterborne Conversion Varnish in light, even coats of 3-4 wet mils. Always scuff sand previous coat with 320 grit sandpaper and remove any sanding dust from the surface before applying any additional coats.

Total finishing system, including sealer and topcoats, should not exceed 4 dry mils. Waterborne sealers and finishes are high solids, quick building products. Excessive finish build can lead to a cloudy finish especially in lower sheens, cracking, cold
checking and other finish failures.


Waterborne Conversion Varnish may be tinted with waterborne colorants not to exceed 10% addition by volume.

Protect from freezing. If product has been frozen, place product at room temperature (minimum 70 degrees F) and allow 2-4 days for material to become fluid. Catalyze as directed. If further reduction is needed then add 5-8% water by volume
and stir.

If desired viscosity is still too high, reduce carefully using 1 fluid ounce per gallon at a time. Over-reduction could compromise the film thickness and potentially cause craters to form.

Waterborne Conversion Varnish (M641-21XXX) is manufactured at spray viscosity


Classification Wood Lacquers
Brand Mohawk
Sold Since September 17, 2019

Urethane, Butyl Cellosolve, Dipropylene Glycol n-butyl ether. 1-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone

Drying Time
  • 15 - 20 minutes to touch
  • 35 - 45 minutes to handle

400 sq. ft. / gallon


115 g / L





Tools cleaning


  • Transparent


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