spar varnish


: an exterior waterproof varnish

Examples of spar varnish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Softer brushes, like this one, are better for stains and clear finishes, like varnish, spar varnish, shellac, and brushing lacquers. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 16 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spar varnish was circa 1909

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“Spar varnish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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