Finish

  1. Choose from Satin, Semi-Gloss and Gloss.
    General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Satin
    34 Review(s)
    Wipe on with a cloth or apply with a foam brush for a hard, durable satin-sheen topcoat.

    Starting at: From $11.99

  2. General Finishes Gel Topcoat
    General Finishes Gel Topcoat
    Get wipe-on control for a uniform finish – with no sanding between coats and no noxious odor.

    Starting at: From $9.99

  3. General Finishes EF High Performance Polyurethane Top Coat-Satin
    General Finishes EF High Performance Polyurethane Top Coat-Satin
    19 Review(s)
    Get one of the hardest, most durable satin polyurethane topcoats available – along with the convenience of easy water cleanup.

    Starting at: From $16.99

  4. Sam Maloof Poly/Oil Finish
    Sam Maloof Poly/Oil Finish
    26 Review(s)
    A custom blend of polyurethane varnish and natural oils developed by the legendary Sam Maloof that provides a top-quality hand-rubbed satin finish.

    Starting at: From $18.99

  5. General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish
    General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish
    31 Review(s)
    Food-safe when cured – and can be reapplied at any time for maintenance.

    Starting at: From $11.99

  6. Choose from Satin, Semi-Gloss and Gloss.
    General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Semi-Gloss
    35 Review(s)
    Wipe on with a cloth or apply with a foam brush for a hard, durable semi-gloss topcoat.

    Starting at: From $11.99

  7. Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish, Quart
    Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish, Quart
    3 Review(s)
    Showcases the natural beauty of wood while providing premium protection.
    $31.99
  8. Zinsser Bulls Eye® SealCoat™
    Zinsser Bulls Eye® SealCoat™
    9 Review(s)
    Guaranteed to be compatible with all finishes, Bulls Eye SealCoat won't raise the grain and dries in minutes.
    $15.99
  9. General Finishes Original Seal-A-Cell Clear
    General Finishes Original Seal-A-Cell Clear
    8 Review(s)
    An ideal solution for achieving a natural look on unstained woods.

    Starting at: From $11.99

  10. 58677
    Sam Maloof Oil/Wax Finish
    24 Review(s)
    A blend of oils and waxes that makes the perfect final coat over Sam Maloof's Poly/Oil Finish to create a soft, hand-rubbed appearance.

    Starting at: From $20.99

  11. Choose from Satin, Semi-Gloss and Gloss.
    General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Gloss
    36 Review(s)
    Wipe on with a cloth or apply with a foam brush for a hard, durable high-gloss topcoat.

    Starting at: From $11.99

  12. Rockler's Tung Oil
    Rockler's Tung Oil
    7 Review(s)
    A tough, penetrating, all-natural finish that seals out water and isn't affected by alcohol or acetone.

    Starting at: From $15.99

  13. Butcher Block Oil
    Butcher Block Oil
    3 Review(s)
    A deep-penetrating finish that meets all FDA requirements for surfaces that contact food.
    $9.99
  14. General Finishes EF High Performance Polyurethane Top Coat-Semi-Gloss
    General Finishes EF High Performance Polyurethane Top Coat-Semi-Gloss
    19 Review(s)
    Get one of the hardest, most durable semi-gloss polyurethane topcoats available – along with the convenience of easy water cleanup.

    Starting at: From $16.99

  15. Flat General Finishes High Performance Water-Based Polyurethane
    Flat General Finishes High Performance Water-Based Polyurethane
    Provides a flat sheen with no gloss—ideal as a protective layer over milk paints and on any piece where minimal gloss is desired.

    Starting at: From $16.99

  16. Food-safe protection for a variety of projects.
    Butcher Block Conditioner
    6 Review(s)
    Mix of food-grade mineral oil and water-resistant beeswax and carnauba wax rejuvenates wood and prevents drying and cracking.
    $9.99
  17. General Finishes EF Glazes
    General Finishes EF Glazes
    Translucent water-based colors that are great for creating faux and decorative finishes such as distressing, color washing or rag rolling.

    Starting at: From $14.99

  18. Watco Danish Oil Finish
    Watco Danish Oil Finish
    16 Review(s)
    Wipe on to seal, protect and enhance the natural look and feel of the wood.

    Starting at: From $17.99

  19. General Finishes Enduro-Var Water-Based Urethane-Satin
    General Finishes Enduro-Var Water-Based Urethane-Satin
    9 Review(s)
    Get a satin finish that combines the easy cleanup and fast dry times of a water-based finish with the warm amber hue of an oil-based finish.

    Starting at: From $19.99

  20. General Finishes Outdoor Oil
    General Finishes Outdoor Oil
    5 Review(s)
    Use this exterior-rated penetrating linseed oil with UV stabilizers and mildew prohibitors to protect your outdoor wood projects.

    Starting at: From $18.99

  21. Developed for preserving fine art, Renaissance Wax is safe for use on virtually any surface � even paper.
    Renaissance Micro-Crystalline Wax Polish
    12 Review(s)
    Polish, protect and restore just about any surface with this hard-drying wax developed by the British Museum for fine-art conservation.
    $16.99
  22. General Finishes EF High Performance Polyurethane Top Coat-Gloss
    General Finishes EF High Performance Polyurethane Top Coat-Gloss
    19 Review(s)
    Get one of the hardest, most durable gloss polyurethane topcoats available – along with the convenience of easy water cleanup.

    Starting at: From $16.99

  23. Waterlox Original Satin Finish, Quart
    Waterlox Original Satin Finish, Quart
    A unique blend of tung oil and resin that showcases the natural beauty of wood, providing lasting, durable protection without a plastic appearance.
    $42.99
  24. 59949 - Clear
    Liberon Black Bison Fine Paste Wax
    7 Review(s)

    A venerable non-toxic wax that works well as a protective finish on bare wood and as an extra barrier against damage from water, heat and alcohol on finished furniture.

    Starting at: From $29.99

Choosing the right finish: Questions to ask

What kind of wear will the finished object be subjected to?

What final appearance do you want? Clear or slightly amber? High gloss or satin sheen?

How much ventilation is available where the finish will be applied? Will the finish regularly come in contact with food?

Some common types of finishes

Oils: Easy to apply wiping or brushing, these finishes deepen and enhance the wood's natural color but don't provide a lot of protection. Damaged spots can be repaired easily with simple reapplication. Best used on low-wear surfaces.
Oil-based polyurethanes/varnishes: These finishes can be applied by wiping, brushing or spraying and offer a durable, protective surface. Generally have slight amber cast. Good ventilation, solvent clean-up required. Repairs require sanding and recoating. Good for moderate- to high-wear surfaces.
Water-based polyurethanes/varnishes: Also can be applied by wiping, brushing or spraying for a durable, protective surface. Generally dry clear, without amber cast. Low odor and water clean-up. Repairs require sanding and recoating. Good for moderate- to high-wear surfaces.
Lacquer: Usually applied by spraying, lacquer quickly dries to a hard finish that can be polished to a high gloss and offers good protection against water damage and stains. Damage can be repaired easily. Good ventilation, solvent clean-up required. A good choice for surfaces that will see moderate wear.
Shellac: A natural product that's non-toxic when dry, it can be applied by wiping, brushing or spraying and provides decent surface protection. Damaged spots can be repaired easily with simple reapplication. Often used as a seal coat. Best for low- to moderate-wear surfaces.

What People are Saying:

I have been using Rockler for years, your products are always the best that can be purchased and your prices are very reasonable. Ann you have always done your best to make me feel as though I was your very best customer. Thank you for great service."

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What People are Saying:

I have been using Rockler for years, your products are always the best that can be purchased and your prices are very reasonable. Ann you have always done your best to make me feel as though I was your very best customer. Thank you for great service."

- Daniel F.
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