From: "Bateman, Andrew"
Does anyone know what they used
in 1812 to paint canvas backpacks
According to Ron Berlin who has been a
professional painter for approximately
fifty years and remembers his father
making paint from scratch. The old
paints were made with 'fish oil' as
their base. In Canada and the United
States the paint you buy to guard
against rust is made with 'fish oil',
as it penetrates the best. Rustoleum or
Tremclad is the same as 1812 paint. I
have been using it for years and it soaks
into the canvas and makes it waterproof.
If you want to touch it up after a few
years of wear just apply a coat of 'floor wax'.
All authentic 1812 products.