Previously Finished Surfaces:
To ensure proper adhesion,
surfaces must be clean, dry, and free of wax, grease, oil,
shellac, lacquer, mildew, and polishes. Remove wax with a
wax stripper, shellac with a paint stripper, and mildew with a
solution of 10% household bleach and water. If the previous
finish is in good condition, wipe surface with a damp cloth
and sand to ensure good adhesion. If the previous finish is in
poor condition, completely remove by stripping or sanding and
follow the directions below for unfinished wood. Remove all
sanding dust using a vacuum, tack cloth, or a damp lint-free
Sand using 150-220 grit sandpaper and
remove all sanding dust using a vacuum, tack cloth, or a damp
lint-free cloth. If a filler or putty is used, make sure it does not
contain wax and allow enough time for it to dry thoroughly. Test
Spar Varnish in an inconspicuous area before beginning project.
This product will produce an amber cast on light colored woods
Stained or Painted Wood:
Follow manufacturer’s directions
for application of the stain or paint. Make certain the surface
is thoroughly dry before applying Marine Spar Varnish. Refer to
the manufacturer’s label for dry times.
WARNING! If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you may
release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN
CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY
IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID
EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead
exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop.
Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family
by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-
LEAD or log on to www.epa.gov/lead.
Use in an area with adequate ventilation at all times. Do not apply
in direct sunlight. Apply only when air (ambient) temperature is
between 55-90°F (13-32°C) and relative humidity is below 85%.
Lower temperatures and/or high humidity may cause slower
dry times and slower dry may also result from applications on
redwood, cedar or woods with high oil content, or when applied
over some stains Do not thin. Stir thoroughly before and during
use. To prevent bubbles in the finish, DO NOT SHAKE. Apply using
a natural bristle or foam brush. To prevent bubbles in the finish,
do not over-brush or apply with a roller. Allow the finish to dry 8
hours before re-coating. Re-coat only when previous coats have
dried clear and feel hard. The coating should no longer feel tacky
to the touch. If any coat has dried more than 12 hours, lightly
sand before applying another coat. A minimum of three coats is
recommended. Allow the finish to dry 24 hours before light use.
Wait 3 days before subjecting the surface to normal usage.
Clean application tools and equipment with mineral spirits or
lacquer thinner. Dispose of unused contents in accordance with
local, state, and federal regulations.