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1 qt. Interior Aged Wood Accelerator

  • Mimics real aging process on wood in minutes for a rustic look
  • Reacts to bare or untreated wood for a unique custom wood finish
  • Aged effect varies based on wood type, covers up to 275 sq. ft.
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Varathane 1 qt. Aged Wood Accelerator creates a weathered, aged look in minutes on bare or untreated wood. Replicates the aging process that happens in nature by reacting with tannins in the wood to create a unique one-of-a-kind aged brown look. Like the natural aging process, final look of wood varies depending on the type of wood.
  • Works quickly to create a weathered look on all types of untreated interior wood furniture and cabinetry
  • Covers up to 275 sq. ft. depending on surface porosity
  • Replicates a naturally occurring weathered finish for a unique look on furniture pieces
  • Gives wood an aged look with brown tones easily in minutes
  • Apply with a synthetic bristle or foam brush and allow to penetrate wood to create desired effect
  • Lightness or darkness of effect varies with dry time, allow to sit on wood anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Following application, allow 2 hours for weathered wood accelerator to dry
  • For the best protection of your aged surface, use a lacquer topcoat following application
  • Low odor, water-based formula cleans up with soap and water
  • To verify final look, test in an inconspicuous area on your piece prior to applying to entire surface
  • Thoroughly read instructions prior to application for optimal results
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Name1 qt. Interior Aged Wood Accelerator1 qt. Interior Weathered Wood Accelerator1 qt. Interior Aged Wood Accelerator (2-Pack)
Container Size1 Quart1 Quart1 Quart
Base MaterialWater BasedWater BasedWater Based
Paint/Stain FeaturesNo DripWood AcceleratorNo Drip
Wood EffectsNo Additional EffectNo Additional EffectNo Additional Effect
Product FormLiquidLiquidLiquid
Number of coats recommended111
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)275 ft²275 ft²275 ft²
Surface Material UseWoodWoodWood
Dry to touch (min.)30 min30 min30 min
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Container Size1 QuartCoverage Area (sq. ft.)275 ft²


Application MethodBrush,Wipe OnBase MaterialWater Based
Color FamilyBrownColor/FinishAged Brown
Dry to touch (min.)30 minInterior/ExteriorInterior
Number of coats recommended1Number per Package1
Paint/Stain Clean UpSoap & WaterPaint/Stain FeaturesNo Drip
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product TypeGeneral PurposeProduct FormLiquid
Substrate ConditionBare Wood,Finished Wood,Old/Reclaimed Wood,Stained Wood,Unfinished WoodSurface Material UseWood
Time before recoating (hours)1TransparencyTransparent
Vertical/HorizontalVertical / HorizontalWood EffectsNo Additional Effect

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  • 4.1
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Excellent for making weathered barn boards.
I use this product to transform wood into something that looks like old, weathered barn wood. I find that it works really well on rough-sawn pine boards (1"-by X") that I purchase from another big box store. I first further rough up the boards with my angle grinder and a wire cup brush. I gouge the boards along their length and also rough up the 3/4" edges of the boards. After that I use black tea (6 packets per quart) to add tannins to the wood. I make a quart of the tea, let it steep and rest overnight and then 'paint' it onto the rough wood. I apply at least three coats, letting it dry in between coats. The tannins help bring out some brown in the wood. Lastly, I apply one coat of the Varathane and let that set for a few hours. The results pretty much match barnboard that I acquired from a friend.
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Awesome Product
Works like advertised
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This stuff is great to rapidly age or stain wood!
I had to match some old barnwood, and chose the brown version of this. I was using 2x4 pine, and anybody that has tried to stain pine knows that it normally comes out blotchy with inconsistent results. This product makes a consistent color in the 2x4 and works GREAT. I did not use any pre-stain conditioner, only did a light sanding to smooth it out, and you can see the fantastic results from my pics. I chose to roll it on rather than brush it on, as I had a lot of surface to cover. I did not have any issues where it was too thick or where the coats were uneven (like stain sometimes does). It is much more watery than stain, but applies evenly. Highly recommend. it recommends that you use a lacquer (spray or roll on) to cover it before applying polyeurathane. I purchased a spray lacquer from Home Depot, and then covered that with a water-based poly, no issues at all.
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    So easy to use! Turned my oak table into what...
    So easy to use! Turned my oak table into what looked like literal Aged Wood! I lightly whitewashed base using high quality chalk paint and chose natural wood unfinished chairs with matte poly. Highly recommend
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    Wonderful surprise
    First time ever using this on a bunk bed my dad built for our boys. You never know what color your project will turn out like cause the grain and different wood absorbs it differently. Was pleasantly surprised how pretty this turned out to be. Used 3 coats on the bed along with a satin water based brushed on lacquer. Will definitely use on future projects!
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      Consider the original color first
      Consider the original color of your wood before you use this. Mine was cedar and it looks hideous.
      Response from Rust-OleumSupportMay 24, 2021
      Thank you for sharing your experience! With any application, we do recommend applying Rust-Oleum Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator in a test area first. This is because the product reacts to the tannins in the wood and the final appearance will be dependent on the type of condition of the wood.
      - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
        Very inconsistent results
        We've used this in the last year, and have absolutely loved the results (hence the 2 stars, which would have otherwise been 1 based on this latest purchase). For my current project, I had to use an old can and a new can. I know it's best to mix cans when using different lots, but I thought I would have enough of the old can to finish. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get such different results. No hit of purple at all where I used the older can, but a very strong purplish tint in the newer batch. Wood is all the same, so no significant differences there. Very disappointing!
        Response from Rust-OleumSupportMay 18, 2021
        We want to try to help! Please give us a call at 800-901-0411 to talk with us further about your application with Rust-Oleum Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator. When calling, please have your cans nearby, so we can collect batch information from them.
        - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
          This product works great. I used this one and the charcoal together to make my own aged barn boards.
          This product works great. I used this one and the charcoal together to make my own aged barn boards.
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          My wife wanted the wine racks for our wine room to have a weathered look instead of looking like ...
          My wife wanted the wine racks for our wine room to have a weathered look instead of looking like raw wood. I tried the "steel wool disolved in cider vinegar" technique but found the effect to be to mild, so I bought a can of this and tried it on the pine board I was using. It worked so much better. The product is not a stain, but contains a chemical that reacts with the tannins in the wood to create the effect. I know that a strong solution of black tea can add tannins to the wood if a stronger effect is desired, but that wasn't needed for my project. I also was glueing my racks so I had to make sure the wood treatment wouldn't detract from the strength of my glue joint. I glued two pieces of cut off of the treated and dried wood and found no problem with the glue joint. I would recommend this product for anyone wanting a greying-out look on you wood project but be sure to do a test board first.
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          Do not listen to negative reviews
          I purchased this a few days ago after ignoring the negative reviews. I am not disappointed! I believe people who said it didn't work didn't follow the instructions. I purchased some unfinished tile to laminate transition strips. I hand sanded with 120 grit sandpaper. This stain made them absolutely beautiful! Just what I was looking for! This matches perfectly with my floor! If you purchase be sure to use UNFINISHED WOOD!
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