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Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish

Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish is a clear, tough marine grade coating that protects and beautifies all exterior wood surfaces. Its unique polymerized tung oil formula provides a breathable water repellant surface. Rain and snow cannot penetrate the coating to damage the wood. Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish contains transparent absorbers to screen out UV rays and inhibit the graying and fading effects of the sun. It also incorporates a superior fungicide and mildewcide to increase performance. Made by Swing Paints.
 
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Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish can be applied onto bare, stained or finished wood.

Sand new wood to obtain a smooth, uniform surface.

For existing woodwork or furniture, clean thoroughly to remove dirt and mildew. Stir contents thoroughly prior to and during application.

On bare wood, thin the first coat with 10-25% turpentine. Apply a thin coat of Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish using a pure bristle brush. Apply evenly with long strokes in the direction of the grain. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours. Remove all dust and apply a second or third coat as above.

Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish may be applied using compressed air sprayers.

BRAND: Circa 1850
Type: Varnishes
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4.7

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Pros

  • Even paint distribution (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large areas (3)
    • Small areas (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (4), Professional (4)

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    5.0

    Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish

    By No nickname

    from Virginia

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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          Comments about Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish:

          Product was used to varnish wooden deck furniture.

           
          5.0

          Circa 1850 exterior varnish

          By Buddha

          from Racine Wisconsin

          About Me Professional

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                Comments about Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish:

                Applies nicely straight from the can and leveled off nicely as well.The sheen is a little glossier than described but for exterior this is not a problem.This is my first timing using this product so I will follow up later on it's performance but I am expecting very good results.Reasonably priced as well.

                 
                4.0

                great price

                By Nono

                from Agawam, Ma.

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                      Comments about Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish:

                      I used this product on outdoor benches I have built and on antique farm equipment I have restored. The product looks great, applies well and the prices is reasonable compared to other products out there. Now the proof is in the pudding after spending a new england winter outside.

                       
                      4.0

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                      By The Ottawa Caretakers

                      from Blain, PA

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                      Comments about Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish:

                      We were looking for a good exterior varnish to use on carts for antique stationary engines. These products are just not readily available in our area. This varnish so far seems to be the best choice!

                       
                      5.0

                      Cheap and good

                      By neill

                      from San Francisco

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Pros

                      • Ergonomic Grip

                      Cons

                      • Retains Moisture

                      Best Uses

                      • Small Areas

                      Comments about Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish:

                      The cheapest but simply the best! Forget the expensive stuff.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      The best varnish in Illinois.

                      By Mark the painter

                      from Hinsadale, Illinois

                      About Me Professional

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Clean
                      • Even Paint Distribution

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Large Areas

                        Comments about Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish:

                        The best marine varnish I ever used on the exterior of a house.The gloss finish looks great no scratches from walking on them everyday and its going on 3 years.

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        It all depends on the wood preparation

                        By himself

                        from Ventura, California

                        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Even Paint Distribution

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Large Areas
                          • Small Areas

                          Comments about Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish:

                          With only dry surface preparation to 200 grit smoothness, the varnish quickly broke down in the dry summer heat of southern California. A more recent effort, this time preceded by a soaking of Smiths Penetrating Expoxy, has been very successful and the finish is something to be proud of.

                           
                          5.0

                          Definitely as good as Moser’s Polymerize

                          By Shadowfax

                          from Kitty Hawk, NC

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Clean
                          • Even Paint Distribution

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Detailed Work
                            • Large Areas
                            • Small Areas

                            Comments about Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish:

                            I used this product for an application that is slightly out of the ordinary, Rifle Stocks. For nearly a decade I used Moser’s Polymerized Tung Oil with excellent results. Easy to use and created an enduring topcoat. Moser’s is owned by “Wood Supply Co.” and stopped producing the polymerized tung oil. I discovered the Circa 1850 through a web search and I’m very satisfied with it’s application and what seems to be a products as good as Moser’s. Thanks guys for producing a user friendly and overall an excellent product.

                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great product at an excellent price

                            By reuben

                            from sycamore. Illinois

                            About Me Handyman

                            Pros

                            • Looks great and lasts

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Any exterior varnish use

                              Comments about Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish:

                              I used this product to protect a wood and fiberglass Kayak that I built last summer. It lasts very well. In addition, when the boat gets banged up I just sand off the bad spots and touch them up. You can't even see where the touch ups are located. This product is less expensive than many other varnishes and lasts just as well.

                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Good Product

                              By Bandsaw

                              from Las Cruces, NM

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                              Pros

                              • Durable outdoor finish

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish:

                                  I used this product to finish a couple of external mahogany doors. I haven't found a polyurethane that could hold up in the desert sun. This tung oil seems to be holding up fine.

                                  I suggest putting on many thin coats if drips drive you crazy. Definitely thin first coat as suggested, maybe the first couple coats. Good product!!!

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