heavy paint and varnisher remover, shellac and lacquer stripper, finish removal
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Circa 1850 Heavy Body Paint & Varnish Remover

Circa 1850 Heavy Body Paint & Varnish Remover removes old paint, varnish, shellac, lacquer and urethane - even multiple coats. Its gel formula makes it ideal for exterior use and vertical surfaces. Because it contains no water or harsh chemicals it is safe to use on fine furniture. It will not disturb the wood's natural patina or raise the grain, and it will not harm glue joints or veneers. Circa 1850 Heavy Body Paint & Varnish Remover is non-flammable and almost odorless. Made by Swing Paints.
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Wear protective gloves and work in a well ventilated area. Place the object to be stripped on a plastic sheet. Pour some stripper into a small foil, metal or glass container. Brush a liberal amount of stripper over one or two square feet of surface. Wait a few minutes for the finish to dissolve. Remove the dissolved finish using a brush or Circa 1850 Maple Scraper. Remove any residue with medium (0) steel wool dipped in stripper. When dry, wash the surface with mineral spirits or Circa 1850 Furniture Stripper.

BRAND: Circa 1850
Type: Paint Strippers
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Snake Mountain Boatworks' Go-To Stripper!


We are a professional wood boat preservation shop. Stripping 6 - 10 hulls, inside and out, yearly is among the most tedious and frustrating steps in preserving an antique or classic wood boat in our experience.We have tested at least a dozen competitor products, including Aqua Strip. Circa 1850's low VOCs, kindness to hands, long open time, and, most important of all, near incredible ability to liquefy all manner of finishes without opening and raising grain, a negative characteristic of most competitor products we tested.Patience is the key. Apply the product heavily. Wait 30 minutes or so and apply a second coat over the first. Wait another 30 minutes or so and scrape - using a professional scraper like Sandvik - with the grain.The final step involves scrubbing residual finish and then bleeding the stain out of the wood by applying thin coats of Circa 1850 and immediately scrubbing with stainless steel sponges - available from JD.I do not get any special pricing or other perks, and was not asked to write a supportive review in exchange for same. Circa 1850 Heavy Body Paint & Varnish Remover is the only one you will find in our shop for all the right reasons: fair pricing, ease of use, ability to liquefy finishes, and because it works every time.


Weybridge, VT


excellent product, melts heavy paint off


do not splash on skin or eyes, will burnuse ventilation


northeast PA


not as good as Rock Miracle


I tried 1850 for the first time today stripping a deck on a Chris Craft runabout it is not as thick as Rock Miracle Stripper and not as Fast I would not use this again, I have all most 50 years as a pro. working on and restoring wood boats


Blue Point NY


good stuff... dont get it on your skin!


eats through lamination, and graphic, loosens glue to remove easily.

graphic installation

windsor ontario Canada


Circa 1850


Product removes several layers of finish. Used to refinish furniture and nothing works as well.thich so it sticks to surface. Make sure to follow directions.


Thurmond, NC


Excellent stripper


I tried other strippers for use on an old high back windsor chair. High odor, drippy, not effective without multiple applications. This stuff is excellent. The viscosity allows application to vertical surfaces. Apply it and let it work into the finish and it works like a charm.


Bristol RI


Used to remove old clock case finishes


I have been using Circa 1850 over 5 years.I can apply to any flat or irregular surface. It begins to work almost immediately.Within minutes I have removed the old crud (some have been in place for over 150 years),and it will never raise the grainon any type of wood.Seldom does it require more than a single THICK coat to do the complete job.Saves me both time and $$.

Hand of Time Clocks

Upstate New York


Good stuff


Good stuff and easy to handle. Forget all the paint removers which do not have hefty odor. They are all not worth the money.Lifts off even old latex layers in a height up to 4mm but you need to apply a reasonable quantity of the remover or apply it twice. Apply it half finger thick and it will eat the latex like a gourmand.Use gloves or you may be not too glad after the job.


San Francisco


Worked Excellent For My Needs


I use this to strip the antique radios that I restore. It was good with details and good with vertical surfaces. The only problem is that it dries to quickly.


New York, NY


Multiple layers bubbled off in minutes


We inherited an old row boat from my wife's childhood cottage. It must've been painted every year since the 1960s.The stripper did a great job of eating through a good 8 layers of paint at once. I was pretty impressed as I'm not that much of an expert when it comes to stripping.I followed the instructions and even consulted the company's website before beginning (which really had some good info on their forum) and was really happy with the results.Now I'm just waiting for it to get warmer so I can go out fishing on the lake!

Tennis guy

Winston Salem, NC


Circa 1850 Heavy Body Paint & Varnish Remover



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