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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.
What is the time between coats? How many coats for old work in intense sun?
One day between coats. Then very, very light sanding and one more coat. That should do it. I light sand the old coat, they apply an outdoor transparent ebony stain, then wait one day to dry. The next morning I do the first coat or Circa 1850. I wait 24 hours more and then apply the second coat of Circa 1895. A graet product. You don't have to strip the old coat of Circa 1890 off, just a light sanding to rough up the surface for the new coat. I wait two to three days before I walk on the deck although you could walk on the deck in stocking feet the next day or just put paper down in the walking areas if wearing shoes. I have been using this product for about 10 years now. I have also used it for hardwood fencing; works great also.
Circa 1850 recommends 24 hours between coats, lightly sanding between coats. For most varnishes that are going to be getting intense sun, we would advise at least 4-6 coats as a minimum. More coats = more UV protection and general resilience.
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Is Circa 1850 Exterior Marine Varnish suitable for a 1 year old, untreated cedar deck?
Yes, but if the wood has weathered, it will remain that color under the varnish. The varnish is very tough but temp and humidity have to be ideal for proper adhesion. Keep in mind you will need to rough sand and reapply every 2-3 yrs . I only use it on smaller things like tables . The deck would be slippery too.
1850 product is the best. I applied it on a 35 year old redwood deck and it looks great. Best of you prep it with the varnish thinned out as the first coat.
Does this product work on acrylic paint surfaces? Trying to find a product that will protect outdoor crafts for a long period of time.
Steve T: To me this is an either or question. Typically if a person is going to have some kind of object outside, they are either going to paint it or varish it. Acrylic latex surfaces are already painted and protected from the weather.You have asked if Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish will work on top of an already painted acrylic surface. This would be like painting your house and then when completed, you decide to add a layer of varnish to the house too. I would ask why would you want to do this as its redundant.All that aside, I am doubtful that the 1850 varnish would bond to the surface of acrylic paint very well, If you take the paint off your object, stain it to whatever color you want, and THEN varnish it, now we're talkin. Circa 1850 is an awesome wood preservative and varnish. It does an excellent job but you will have to maintain it every 3 yrs or so by roughing it up with sandpaper a ittle bit and then applying another thinned coat to refinish the surface. I have never found a better exterior varnish. mp
I recommend that you contact the manufacturer. Normally varnish is applied to bare wood, not a painted surface.
comes in gallons? and is it availiable in flat?
I am puzzled as to why you would ask a customer these questions. I could tell you how I used it and whether or not I felt it was a good product, worth the price. But whether or not it comes in a particular size or finish is a question only the manufacturer or retailer could answer. Even if I knew when I bought it a year ago, I couldnt know that now.
I believe that this varnish is (or was) available in gsons but I bought quarts to make it easier to be sure that the varnish did not 'skim over' between coats. I bought the satin finish - rather than the gloss. I do not think that varnish comes in 'flat' the way that paint does.
Is this product oil based?
Yes this bar nice is oil based. It is very good with UV resistance also.
Try reading the product description. Have you ever seen an exterior varnish or really any varnish that wasn't oil based?
how would you apply this to a deck? brush?
I only used this product on custom wooden doors. We sprayed this product using an HVLP paint sprayer. This finish performed very well for us. I think a brush application would work fine.
Brushing will leave the best finish. For speeding up the process we sometimes roll the varnish on with a thin napped roller and immediately brush behind to avoid the "orange peel" look on the surface of the finish. You should also avoid applying the finish in direct summer sun.
I've used a brush several times with excellent results. No brush marks and dries quickly.
Is this satin or high gloss?
Hi-gloss...super hi-gloss! We used it on exterior door in a circa 1840s home. Had the intention of steel wooling to give an oil rubbed finish. However, we really ended up liking the gloss!
It was Satin. I found it to be easy to work with, it laid out smooth and easy, and the end product was fantastic. Great product.
It does have a gloss, not a super gloss perhaps a 90% gloss.
It has a high gloss
How does this work on an outside deck?
I used the product on a door not a deck. Sorry.
My husband says he doesn't know how it would work on a deck, it would depend on how much traffic on the deck. We are very pleased with how it is working on the log exterior of the the house. We have a lot of weather on our log siding as we live where it snows.
I applied three coats - lightly sanded in between each coat - to vertical grain VG fir decking under a semi-covered porch. So far it as weathered nicely. Of course I have only had it on since October. But we are in Iowa with quite a brutal climate and if this stuff holds up, I would give it an A+ rating.
FRANK F. WAGNER
I had very poor results on a cedar deck with new cedar decking. I applied the finish in the fall. During the winter it turned black, presumably due to mold growth and I ended up having to sand it all off and applied a different wood finish that worked very well. I couldn't get any help from Jamestown Distributors, apparently they don't stand behind the products they sell so I wouldn't recommend them either.
Hi Scott, i'm assume your talking about a boat deck. I actually use 1015 zspar captain's varnish. This stuff is really tuff, and holds real well in uv conditions. Hope this helps you. Good luck..
can i put it over stain deck?
I used it over my stained front door. It should be fine for the parts of the deck that you do not walk on. However, I do not think it is tough enough to stand up to foot traffic for very long.
KENNETH J SPERANDIO JR
I am sorry but I can not answer your question.Dan
I would not know why it would not work just fine, all items I have put it on for outside projects it has worked fine. Loren Milligan
I have an outdoor shed which has double wooden doors. The Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish is outstanding. I live in North eastern Ohio and the winter months are severe. I would highly recoment this product for outside severe weather conditions.
I have never used this product on a deck. I have had very good results using it on exterior doors. Most all of these doors were exposed to extreme weather-sun and rain. My best suggestion would be yes, give it a try.
It worked well on my barn However,not sure how well it will hold up on areas that will be walked on.
I need a varnish to use for signs I am painting to hang outdoors, but I need something with uv protection and that won't yellow over time. Does this fit the bill, do you think?Mary
I applied over white cedar deck. It didn't yellow, but it didn't hold up well either. I am going to use a polyurethane next spring.
Worked well on stained doors. I assume it would work well on painted areas.
Hey Mary G I am sure this is a high quality varnish, but be careful with the application. I found that it did not cover the surface I needed varnished, but that's probably because I didn't research which surfaces this would and would not adhere to. My recommendation: if you are purchasing this at a store, ask someone what this works with and if you are purchasing this online, do some looking around to see if the chemicals you are using will work together. Hope this helps!
I do not know if this is auv protection or not. What I used this for was outdoors on our wood stained railings I'm not sure if it yellows or not it does not appear to have done this on our railings.
Hi Mary, I have used the Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish on exterior doors. The product performed well for us. We live in the Chihuahuan Desert Region on the Texas/Mexico border. The main element that we have to deal with is intense sun. Moisture and rainfall are minimal. scott
This is really good varnish!
This product goes on very easy. It doesn't run as easy as most varnishes. It smoothens itself out and needs very little sanding.
Love the product
Always use this product,the only complaint I had ,ordered two guarts and the second one didn't come for another month
I had a hard time finding the product, but it was well worth it.
East Lansing Michigan
Great product . . .at last!
My 34 year old redwood deck is new again!
East Lansing Michigan
Circa 1850 Exterior Varnish
Product was used to varnish wooden deck furniture.
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.
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.
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!
The Ottawa Caretakers
Cheap and good
The cheapest but simply the best! Forget the expensive stuff.
The best varnish in Illinois.
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.