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.
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.
November 18, 2023
I used the varnish on outdoor furniture that has a lot of sun, wind and rain exposure even though it is on a covered porch. Also, we are about a block from the ocean. I selected this product because polyurethane hasn't stood up to the elements. I will say the varnish is easy to apply and dries to a beautiful glossy finish. The instructions were to let it dry for at least a day, and lightly sand and apply another coat. When I checked it after a day, I wasn't sure it was dry enough, so I actually waited for three days. Even then, the finish did not seem hard. I have now applied a second coat and may opt for a third. I am happy with what I am seeing so far, but it will be a year or so before I will know what I really think. And by the way, like my headline says, it is very smelly, so it's good that I was using it outdoors.
June 26, 2018
This product goes on very easy. It doesn't run as easy as most varnishes. It smoothens itself out and needs very little sanding.
August 13, 2017
Always use this product,the only complaint I had ,ordered two guarts and the second one didn't come for another month
October 18, 2014
I had a hard time finding the product, but it was well worth it.
September 20, 2014
My 34 year old redwood deck is new again!
May 17, 2013
Product was used to varnish wooden deck furniture.
October 16, 2012
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.
July 24, 2010
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.
November 25, 2009
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!
June 13, 2009
The cheapest but simply the best! Forget the expensive stuff.