Finish

  1. 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

  2. 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
  3. 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 $17.99

  4. 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
  5. 47005
    Behlen Rockhard™ Table Top Varnish, Quart, Satin Finish (B603-28406)
    2 Review(s)
    Get a tough, hard satin finish that offers maximum resistance to water, alcohol, food stains, chemicals, detergents and other damaging liquids.
    $24.99
  6. Briwax Original Formula
    Briwax Original Formula
    A solvent-based blend of beeswax and carnauba wax that sets quickly, allowing you to achieve a high-luster finish fast.

    Starting at: From $21.59

  7. Keep outdoor wood projects looking good for longer!
    General Finishes Exterior 450 Water-Based Varnish-Satin
    A tough, clear satin finish that will reduce fading and greatly lengthen the life of any exterior wood.

    Starting at: From $23.49

  8. Tried and True�a traditional oil finish with 100% natural ingredients
    Tried & True Original Wood Finish, Pint
    2 Review(s)
    FDA approved as non-toxic and nonallergenic, Tried & True Original Wood Finish produces an "antique" sheen reminiscent of the patina on well-cared-for antique furniture.
    $17.99
  9. Liberon Blonde Dewaxed Shellac Flakes, 250g
    Liberon Blonde Dewaxed Shellac Flakes, 250g
    Transparent in color-ideal for lighter colored woods.
    $34.99
  10. 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

  11. Behlen Rockhard™ Table Top Varnish, Quart, Gloss Finish (B603-28806)
    Behlen Rockhard™ Table Top Varnish, Quart, Gloss Finish (B603-28806)
    2 Review(s)
    For a tough, hard gloss finish that offers maximum resistance to water, alcohol, food stains, chemicals, detergents and other damaging liquids.
    $24.99
  12. Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax
    Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax
    7 Review(s)
    Protect and add luster to any stained or finished wood surface.

    Starting at: From $15.79

  13. Minwax® Wipe-On Poly
    Minwax® Wipe-On Poly
    11 Review(s)
    Get a classic hand-rubbed appearance with polyurethane protection.

    Starting at: From $12.59

  14. Man O' War Spar Varnish
    Man O' War Spar Varnish
    2 Review(s)
    A marine-grade varnish formulated to stand up to weather and waves.

    Starting at: From $32.99

  15. Liberon Garnet Shellac Flakes, 250g
    Liberon Garnet Shellac Flakes, 250g
    Produces a gorgeous French polish with a dark brown tone.
    $24.99
  16. 12 oz Mahoney's Fine Finishes Oil Wax Finish
    Mahoney's Food-Safe Fine Finishes
    1 Review(s)
    Apply the Oil Wax Finish over the Utility Finish for a food-safe satin sheen.

    Starting at: From $15.99

  17. Behlen Top Coat Lacquer
    Behlen Top Coat Lacquer and Sanding Sealer
    5 Review(s)
    Use the Sanding Sealer and Lacquer together to get all the benefits of a high-quality, hard lacquer finish with the ease of a spray can!

    Starting at: From $12.99

  18. Liberon Finishing Oil
    Liberon Finishing Oil
    3 Review(s)
    An easy, durable, non-toxic oil finish that produces a beautiful matte/satin sheen.

    Starting at: From $21.99

  19. Deft Semi-Gloss Wood Finish Spray
    Deft Semi-Gloss Wood Finish Spray
    5 Review(s)
    Spray on a crystal-clear lacquer finish that dries fast and won't yellow or darken with age.
    $11.99
  20. Comes in a Quart can
    Enduro Sanding Sealer
    Improve water and chemical resistance with this clear, sandable foundation formulated for use under any Enduro topcoat.
    $22.99
  21. 100% natural ingredients!
    Tried & True Varnish Oil, Pint
    1 Review(s)
    A durable fine-furniture finish that produces a semi-gloss sheen and gets more durable with age.
    $20.99
  22. Bulls Eye® Shellac-Clear
    Bulls Eye® Shellac-Clear
    A traditional, quick-drying finish that is ideal for antiques and fine furniture.

    Starting at: From $10.59

  23. Paraffin Oil
    Paraffin Oil
    1 Review(s)
    Use as lubricating oil for rubbing out a finish with pumice or rottenstone.
    $19.99
  24. General Finishes Orange Oil
    General Finishes Orange Oil
    6 Review(s)
    A powerful, non-toxic furniture cleaner and wood conditioner, popular for everything from routine furniture maintenance to antique restoration.
    $8.99

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."

- Daniel F.

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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