Finish

  1. Choose from Satin, Semi-Gloss and Gloss.
    General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Satin
    67 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
    32 Review(s)
    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
    20 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. Choose from Satin, Semi-Gloss and Gloss.
    General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Semi-Gloss
    30 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

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

    Starting at: From $11.99

  6. Sam Maloof Poly/Oil Finish
    Sam Maloof Poly/Oil Finish
    39 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

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

    Starting at: From $11.99

  10. Choose from Satin, Semi-Gloss and Gloss.
    General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Gloss
    18 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

  11. 58677
    Sam Maloof Oil/Wax Finish
    9 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

  12. Flat General Finishes High Performance Water-Based Polyurethane
    Flat General Finishes High Performance Water-Based Polyurethane
    3 Review(s)
    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

  13. General Finishes EF Glazes
    General Finishes EF Glazes
    5 Review(s)
    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

  14. Rockler's Tung Oil
    Rockler's Tung Oil
    14 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

  15. General Finishes EF High Performance Polyurethane Top Coat-Semi-Gloss
    General Finishes EF High Performance Polyurethane Top Coat-Semi-Gloss
    11 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

  16. Food-safe protection for a variety of projects.
    Butcher Block Conditioner
    15 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. 59949 - Clear
    Liberon Black Bison Fine Paste Wax
    12 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 $19.99

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

    Starting at: From $17.99

  19. Butcher Block Oil
    Butcher Block Oil
    13 Review(s)
    A deep-penetrating finish that meets all FDA requirements for surfaces that contact food.
    $9.99
  20. General Finishes Enduro-Var Water-Based Urethane-Satin
    General Finishes Enduro-Var Water-Based Urethane-Satin
    18 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

  21. General Finishes Flat-Out Flat Water-Based Topcoat, Pint
    General Finishes Flat-Out Flat Water-Based Topcoat
    1 Review(s)
    Provides additional protection over chalk paints and milk paints while maintaining a completely flat sheen.

    Starting at: From $16.99

  22. Tried & True Original Wood Finish, 2 oz.
    Tried & True Original Wood Finish
    FDA approved as non-toxic and non allergenic, Tried & True Original Wood Finish produces an "antique" sheen reminiscent of the patina on well-cared-for antique furniture.

    Starting at: From $4.99

  23. General Finishes Outdoor Oil
    General Finishes Outdoor Oil
    11 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

  24. General Finishes EF High Performance Polyurethane Top Coat-Gloss
    General Finishes EF High Performance Polyurethane Top Coat-Gloss
    20 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

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.

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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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