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General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Satin

Wipe on with a cloth or apply with a foam brush for a hard, durable satin-sheen topcoat.
Item #
GRP10928_1
Rating:
94% of 100

Arm-R-Seal topcoats are made with only the highest-quality urethane resin, making them extremely durable and long lasting.


Features:

  • For simple 2-step finishing, wipe on General Finishes Seal-A-Cell for a lustrous finish. After drying, wipe on or use foam brush to apply Arm-R-Seal for a hard, protective finish
  • Formulated to be wiped on with a cloth or applied with a foam brush, eliminating drips and sags
  • Penetrates to provide protection and a natural look
  • Gallon sizes come in convenient jug instead of a can
  • Choose from Satin, Semi-Gloss and Gloss
  • Available in Pint, Quart and Gallon sizes
(1) General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Satin
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Brand General Finishes
Tech Spec
  • Coats: Normally 3
  • Cure Time: 2 Weeks for optimal water resistance
  • Dry to Recoat: 12-24 hours
  • Suggested Application: Natural bristle brush, foam brush, wipe on, spray or pad applicator
  • Suggested Surface Prep: Clean, bare wood sanded with 150 or 180 grit paper.
  • Clean-up: Mineral spirits
Discountable No
Dry Time 24 hrs
Finish Satin
Size Gallon, Pint, Quart
4.7 / 5.0
258 Reviews
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Best I have used
This is my favorite go to oil varnish
January 20, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal
Very easy to work with as I applied using a rag. No brush strokes or air bubbles. This is my go to finish.
January 13, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
I use rags and wipe this poly on. Because it is thin it goes on smoothly with no streaks. Several light coats makes for a beautiful finish
November 14, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Happy with how this went on and looked
Went on well. I did get a bunch of nibs which I had to sand ,b ut suspect that's operator error.

The sating finish looked great, not shiny, but finished looking, exactly what I want in satin.
November 12, 2019
Easy to get a good result
October 28, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Good stuff
Does a great job...easy to get a professional finish
October 19, 2019
Purchased
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
One of the beat finishes on the market..
October 16, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Excellent wood finish
Excellent product. Thanks to Jack at the Denver, Colorado store for recommending it to me. I used it on a 100 year old solid oak dining table. Easy to apply with beautiful results. Really makes the oak grain “pop”!
September 16, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Arm-R-Seal is a very good finish. It enhances the natural color and beauty of exotic tropical woods and domestic hardwoods. I wipe on a coat, dry for a day, then sand lightly. This is repeated 2 or 3 times, with a final buffing with "Butcher's Wax". Perfect.
July 15, 2019
Purchased
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great finish
Easy to apply, dries quickly, and is reasonably durable. My go to finish for most projects.
July 8, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
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Used before
Roy M on Aug 17, 2018
Ordered this based on the excellent on-line reviews of it!
Dawn M on Aug 9, 2018
Used before
Roy M on Aug 17, 2018
Used it before and like the results
FJ K on Aug 14, 2018
Ordered this based on the excellent on-line reviews of it!
Dawn M on Aug 9, 2018
Tried and true. My favorite finish for projects when I don't want to spray.
Ben B on Aug 7, 2018
great on this product and im looking for a harder finish but without a high gloss. your product delivers that and based on photos I saw on your page using this project that's the look I desire to achieve.
Thomas P on Aug 6, 2018
Recommendations made on online forums.
James B on Aug 5, 2018
Using on counter tops we made and after researching looked to be the best for us. Was highly recommended
Jean H on Aug 1, 2018
A proven winner. I have had great success with this product when just wiping it on with a rag made of T-shirt material. Three to four thin coats each sanded at 400 between coats. Works great for someone without a spray booth set up but who still cares about trying to get a high quality finish.
joel p on Jul 25, 2018
A re-order. Used previously, with great results!
DOUG H on Jul 17, 2018
Familiarity.<br />Very professional durable finishl
James M on Jul 17, 2018
One of your guys recommended it to me on the phone. I am happy with it.
Isaac G on Jul 17, 2018
Looks great on oak
Thomas W on Jul 16, 2018
It's my go-to oil based finish. I'm restoring a vintage walnut chair and this won't have the plasticky look of some of the water-borne finishes that weren't around in that era.
Kathleen S on Jul 3, 2018
Quality
Quan D on Jul 2, 2018
I saw a post on Pinterest.
Marla S on Jun 18, 2018
Seams that most of the "Experts" like this product, so who am I to argue with that?
Milo H on Jun 8, 2018
good stuff use it all the time
Gerard M on May 30, 2018
I like the richness of oil base and this is the General Finish oil topcoat recommended for kitchens in the videos.
Barbara W on May 23, 2018
Family Handyman article
Dan H on May 11, 2018
heard its the best top coat for our gel stain
Jennifer M on May 11, 2018
Recommended by your website so decided to try it.
Dennis E on May 10, 2018
Good product have been using this for years
Gary P on May 10, 2018
it works if it works DONT FIX IT !!!!!
correct top coat for gell stain
Darren C on May 5, 2018
Good review by Youtube show "the Wood Whisperer"
Randal H on May 4, 2018
We have used it and love it.
Nicole G on Apr 21, 2018
Used it before
Fred M on Apr 19, 2018
I have used it before and love how you can apply thick coats and it self levels. Three coats over stain is all you need.
Dario M on Apr 13, 2018
I am anxious to try this product...it sounds like it will be easy to apply and i love to put a durable finish on my refinished items!!
Helen H on Apr 10, 2018
Watching WoodWorks with David Marks. Been using general finish products for several years now and love the results.
John A on Apr 3, 2018
I’ve used it before with excellent results
Charlie M on Mar 24, 2018
Best finish that I have used so far.
Thomas S on Mar 20, 2018
This is the second step in refinishing a dresser. I am using this to add durability to the finish and seal it for use in my home.
Rodney J on Mar 14, 2018
works well with gel stains
DWAYNE F on Mar 14, 2018
Recommended with gel stain
Robert K on Mar 9, 2018
Have been using this same product for many years, easy to apply, easy cleanup, satin finish looks terrific, brings out beautiful woodgrain and lasts and looks great for many years. Used on different exotic hardwoods, (favorite is Canary wood), for long lasting protection.
Berton V on Mar 9, 2018
trying over gel stain on new front door
carol k on Mar 5, 2018
Good finish, good price
woodio on Mar 1, 2018
Easy finish to apply
Mike T on Feb 28, 2018
To cover and protect the gel stain
Ray J on Feb 21, 2018
Finish Walnut Table
Terry H on Jan 28, 2018
I need this for my cabinets. It has very good reviews.
Anthony M on Jan 28, 2018
My brother uses this and said it was a wonderful product. This is my first time trying this.
Kerri S on Dec 31, 2017
For a smooth finish!
Kyle K on Dec 27, 2017
best product for application
william a on Dec 14, 2017
Excellent finish, repeat user. This top coat is extremely easy to apply with a cotton cloth. By far the best sealer I have ever used. The product is self-leveling with no drag marks from applying to the project. Projects made from 2-3 years ago to date show no yellowing or cracking of finish.
Micky on Dec 14, 2017
Started using it a few years ago and won't use anything else. Easy to apply with no brush marks. Sand between coats and you can build up a great finish with real depth.
James L on Nov 4, 2017
Superior protection
Todd P on Nov 1, 2017
Have used this finish exclusively for many years and find it to be the best all around finish on the market.
Michael J on Oct 15, 2017
have not used before-have been using varathane 3x and am not happy with it--wanted to try something better.have used other GeneralFinishes products in the past and liked.
Rick S on Oct 10, 2017
Used it before and like the results
FJ K on Aug 14, 2018
Tried and true. My favorite finish for projects when I don't want to spray.
Ben B on Aug 7, 2018
I'm going to fill a void (up to 3" wide and 3 feet long) with rocks/epoxy. The green ash live edge dining table currently has an Arm-R-Seal satin top coat over Seal-A Cell clear. How should I prep the epoxy when I am ready to refinish the entire table top?
Mel C on Mar 28, 2017
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Satin
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Satin
General Finishes Oil-Based Seal-a-Cell, Clear
General Finishes Oil-Based Seal-a-Cell, Clear
I'm using the Java gel stain on my kitchen cabinets, what is better to use as a top coat, this product or the gel topcoat? What's the difference between the two? Thanks
Tanya on Feb 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have always used the arm r seal over gel stain on my projects
What is the difference between the General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat and the General Finishes Gel Topcoat? I have used the Rockler Polyurethane Gel Wipe-on Satin Clear Coat in the past but it seems the product has changed in the last 15 years. Thanks.
Kim H on Feb 7, 2018
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Satin
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Satin
General Finishes Gel Satin Top Coat
General Finishes Gel Satin Top Coat
Will arm r seal yellow over a light colored paint ?
Pat P on Oct 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It will give an amber cast to light wood such as maple. I don't think it's appropriate over pigmented finish. It is meant to penetrate on the first coat the build lightly.
We are staining a fireplace mantel and wanted to know what is the best sealant to use since it will be exposed to varies levels of heat? Thanks!
kim H on Feb 25, 2017
Can I apply this over Waterlox Original as a top coat?
Thomas T on Jun 16, 2016
Why do I have white places on my finish?
ted e on Aug 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Elsewhere I read this is because it wasn't completely dry when you applied the next coat. Gotta sand off and start again and have longer drying time
I need to finish a unfinished dining table made of rustic, reclaimed, whitewashed oak beams. Is this + seal-a-cell a suitable combination? Would like to avoid any shininess and preserve the original color of the wood (slightly faded white).
Blueblurrie B on May 25, 2016
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Satin
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Satin
General Finishes Oil-Based Seal-a-Cell, Clear
General Finishes Oil-Based Seal-a-Cell, Clear
BEST ANSWER: Normally a table would want good moisture resistance and the combination of sealer and topcoat would work fairly well. A spar varnish is best. Oil based Polyurethanes have a golden color that might not want. A water based poly is more clear. Might want to steel wool between coats to get a smoother finish. I have used the sealer without topcoat to get a flat finish but it's not a great moisture barrier alone. Steel wool (#0000) will even it out because the sealer has some poly in it (where tung oil does not).
Can I use Arm-R-Seal as a top coat for a hardwood floor stained with general finishes gel stain?
Vickie K on Nov 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You could, I suppose, but General Finished indicates as long as 30 days to be completely cured. Until then they recommend against putting heavy object on its surface. I'd probably look for another product that better suits your needs. This product is great for table tops and furniture...
I have a large dining table made of Ash with beautiful grains in it. Would I use this product over Tung or Danish oil to seal and protect from water stains, etc?
Chris on Jun 1, 2017
I'm planning to use Armr-seal on a large wood slab. The wood has some voids that I need to fill (about 1/2 inch wide) and want to know whether I can use a 2 part epoxy filler or would it be better to use something else (i.e., will the Arm-R-seal react badly)? Thanks
DIANA O on May 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Definitely use an an epoxy. If you apply this finish over the epoxy it creates a great clear area in the slab. It looks awesome in knots in rustic furniture.
I'm finishing a redwood slab dining table (indoor use) and want to end up with a satin finish but I've read that it's best to get the gloss finish and then buff out the top coat with 0000 steel wool?
DIANA O on Apr 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You're on the right track! I use armrseal quite a lot (yesterday in fact!) and I follow a different process I learned years ago. Put on two or three costs of armrseal gloss and then do one coat of armrseal satin. The sheen that shows is the last one applied. The theory is that you should end up with more of a crystal clear finish than if you had used. 3-4 coats of satin only. Hope this helps! Good luck!
How long should armour seal dry between coats?
Isabelle H on Oct 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I generally recoat the next day. Sometimes if humidity and temperature are just right it will dry a lot quicker than that. after dry I wipe down with a scotchbrite type of pad (you can get them at paint stores) before recoating. I've had a kitchen table with this on it for 5 years and it stilllooks great (3 coats).
Does the Arm R Seal satin finish need to be lightly sanded between coats? Applying over GF Java stain.
Brenda C on Feb 16, 2016
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Satin
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Satin
General Finishes Gel Stain, Java
General Finishes Gel Stain, Java
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it needs to be "sanded". My experience is that using a 300 grit paper/pad may locally bite totally through the Arm R Seal and damage then stain. I find it's better to use a #0000 steel wool. Don't be stingy - use a new face or a new pad every 2 - 3 sq.ft. Just completed a 7 drawer chest with lots of curved surfaces - it came out great using the steel wool.
Can I spray this product?
randy g on Oct 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it sprays very well. I use a HVLP sprayer with no thinning required.
Can I use this on aN ITEM THAT HAS HOT PANS ON THEM?
Tammy on Sep 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: In my experience hot pans will leave a mark on this finish. I don't know of any finish that wouldn't be affected by hot pans. Use a trivet. That said, it is fairly easy to repair damaged finish by sanding it out and re-applying new coats of finish. There will be some color difference in the sanded out spot because of the UV darkening of all wood.
Is this product self-leveling?
Jimmie M on Jan 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It seems to level out ok, but you have to move pretty fast to get an even look. Sort of a plastic appearance that didn’t really please me. I went with ting oil finish instead. Requires more coats, but with a nicer look.
Is it safe to use ARM R SEAL on cutting boards?
Ed M on Nov 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No. The application instructions specifically prohibit using this on any food surfaces.
You'll need to use the salad bowl finish:
http://www.rockler.com/salad-bowl-finish
Can I use Arm-R-Seal as a finish coat over GF Gel Topcoat?
Scott P on Dec 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes I used Arm-R-Seal as a finish coat over GF Gel Topcoat on a very old pie safe and it turned out great.
Is it necessary to sand between Arm r seal coats? Are multiple coats really even necessary?? (This if for a set of dining room chairs that I have stained with oil based stains)
Mary W on Oct 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is my experience to follow the directions on the can. These guys know the product and when used as directed it performs great. Word to the wise NEVER take short cuts on finishing from prep to applying the finish to rubbing it out.
Should this product be used for a covered front porch door? Rain is not a problem but we do have fog in the winter.
Martha R. on Jun 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi,
I use this all the time on indoor projects, but have never used it outside. General does have products for outdoor use. I suspect they will have the same high quality as Arm-R-Seal.
Neal
Can I use the arm r seal on a kitchen table? Uses gf brown mahogany gel stain and want to seal it. I want to able to wipe off table after meals. Please advise.
Karen G on Sep 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes. In fact, on the General Finishes website, this is one of the recommended top coats for their gel stains. Both the gel stain and this urethane are oil-based, so there aren't compatibility issues.
I have a friend who wants to use General finishers gel stain. The area I live in does not allow oil urethanes. What are his options as a top coat?
A shopper on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I talked with general finishes about this and they said you can use their waterborne High Performance Topcoat finish over it. Making sure it's dry first is important, 48-72 hours dry time. I haven't put the topcoat on yet since I'm waiting for it to dry right now, though I've used it over wood dye and it goes on really well and dries quickly.
General Finishes High Performance Water-based Top Coat Flat
General Finishes High Performance Water-based Top Coat Flat
Will this product seal MDF so that you need fewer coats of Arm-R-Seal? Some people report needing 8 or 9 coats of poly to finish MDF.
Scot F on Dec 13, 2019
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Satin
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Satin
General Finishes Oil-Based Seal-a-Cell, Clear
General Finishes Oil-Based Seal-a-Cell, Clear
BEST ANSWER: Nothing but nothing seals MDF except many coats of sealer. I suggest a coat of shellac (unwaxed) before Seal-a-Cell. If what you are working with is 3/4" then consider Advantech for your next project. A tad more $ but can be readily sealed. I believe their siding is 1/2".
How do you mix the gallon jug of Arm R Seal? I bought the gallon size jug so I could transfer to a smaller container for my projects thus keeping the jug sealed so it would last longer than the cans. Now how to mix the leveling solvents in the jug with out shaking? Or shake it then transfer to smaller container and let sit until bubble dissipate.
Donna B on Aug 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have not used this specific General Finishes product. However, since I am no longer in a production facility, I have been purchasing small batches of urethane finishes, pouring the contents into a suitable container, stirring, and then applying. Any excess is discarded after the job. These one part mixes are never in containers that can prevent product curing once opened so it is next to impossible to use the remainder of a can once opened. As to bubbles from shaking, some finishes are self leveling enough to dissipate them when applying the finish. Others are not. Good luck.
I've finished a table with pure tung oil (not tung oil finish). Could I put this on top of a cured (1 month) oil finish for better durability?
Joanna T on May 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hopefully you have had some other answers as well, since I am not an expert on this.

My understanding is that these finishes should be compatible, especially after the original finish curing for a month. If you can, it would be good to try it on an inconspicuous spot (like under the table top) before committing to a full cover.
Is A-R-M Food safe?
PIEFOOT on Apr 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: One could probably eat food spilled onto a table without risk but I don't think it is good for utensils or storage containers.
Can I use this over top of chalk paint?
Ondrearene4 on Mar 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I really don't know for sure. I believe it is for use over natural or stained wood, which is the way I use it. Your best bet would be to go to the manufacturers website and ask them.
Has anyone had experience using this on brick pavers?
Willson W on Nov 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. I have only used it on wood as a top coat. Worked OK. For wood, I did find a better product.
I have a large slice of a tree stump that I purchased to use as a table top. My father in law, who is an accomplished woodworker, applied a two coats of the arm r seal oil and urethane topcoat and it looks cloudy and streaked. I'm not sure what caused it. What would be the best way to fix it? Sanding back with 400 grit and recoating? Would steel wool be better or using laquer thinner to strip it off?
Ezra E on Sep 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Streaking sounds like applying
Too thin. I'd sand with 400 and apply good coat with a foam brush. If still cloudy then I'd check for the product quality or application conditions
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