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spar varnish

a durable, weather-resistant varnish applied to unpainted wooden areas, especially on ships.
a varnish made from sulfur, rosin, and linseed oil.
Origin of spar varnish
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • spar varnish, while forming an effective barrier to arsenic in the short term, tends to peel and crack after aging.
  • The two coats of paint were hand-rubbed, then finished with two more coats of spar varnish.
  • The coach was beautiful to look at-two hand-rubbed coats of paint were applied, followed by two coats of spar varnish.

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