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General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Semi-Gloss, Pint
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General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Semi-Gloss

Wipe on with a cloth or apply with a foam brush for a hard, durable semi-gloss topcoat.
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Arm-R-Seal topcoats are made with only the highest quality urethane resin, making them extremely durable and long lasting.


  • 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.
(1) General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Semi-Gloss
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  • Choose from Satin, Semi-Gloss and Gloss.
  • Available in Pint, Quart and Gallon sizes.
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102 Reviews
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Great finish.
Been seeing alot of post online, so I thought I'd give it a try. Looks good I'm my opinion.
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September 8, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Arm-R-Seal Semi-Gloss
Professional results when directions are Followed. I would recommend this product.
August 22, 2019
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
My Go To Finish for nice pieces
This stuff is brilliant. Easy to apply. Dries fast enough to minimize dust nibs.
June 7, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Product
Best and easiest wipe on topcoat I have used
May 10, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent for a Wiping Varnish
I've used the Seal-a-Cell/Arm-R-Seal combination on numerous projects, including a large walnut slab shelf. It applies well, spreads well, and levels in a great way. Of course, Seal-A-Cell is essentially an oil with a little varnish, while Arm-R-Seal is a varnish with a little oil. The former does a reasonable job of sealing, and the latter makes a great, topcoat that can tolerate considerable hard use. I tend to apply the Satin for several coats, finishing up with the Semi-gloss as the final top coat or two. Note, if you want open grain filled, then it should be filled before applying the finish. No wiping varnish will fill open grain in only 3-4 coats.

I have to admit, I wouldn't use it for a large table, that is not its preferred application. I have used other wiping varnishes, and made some myself, but I prefer the GF "system" to any other.
May 1, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
I used to use the big box varieties of stains and finishes, no more! This stuff is awesome and made right in my home state of WI. Love it! Easy to apply, clean, and leaves a remarkable finish.
January 29, 2019
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Used for gunstock.
I did the gunstock with 4 applications of boiled linseed oil and then several coats of this. It lays on smoothly and thinly and dries to a nice semi-gloss finish.
November 24, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
I personally think there is no other better
It is the best, all I use
September 22, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent product
Excellent product. I use this on most everything that goes indoors.
August 19, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
The Best
I make plenty of wood items and sell through our business. Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat is my go to finish for pen blocks, salt and pepper grinders and anything else that does not come in direct contact with food, yet gets handled a lot. Love the semi-gloss. I used one layer of sanding sealer then lightly sand followed by 2-3 thin coats of Arm-R-Seal. It's the best finish I've found and I've tried plenty.
Custom Pen Block
Salt & Pepper Grinders
S & P Grinders on Lazy Susan
July 13, 2018
over 2 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
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To finish gel application
Linda B on Aug 11, 2018
Scott Phillips promotes it on The American Woodshop
Michael A on Jul 11, 2018
To finish gel application
Linda B on Aug 11, 2018
I use Arm-R-Seal products as they work well
Douglas M on Jul 29, 2018
Scott Phillips promotes it on The American Woodshop
Michael A on Jul 11, 2018
I have been using this product for years and have always been pleased with the results. It has a nice medium sheen and is fairly scratch resistant. I always use three coats with fine sanding in between.
Judy M on Jun 27, 2018
Oil based top coat to finish kitchen table. Not happy with other products. Based on great reviews and ability to sky with cloth.
Jose P on Jun 14, 2018
Heard good comments about product.
Jane A. F on May 29, 2018
To update a bench for our bedroom
Kelly M on May 12, 2018
Part 2 of finish coat
Isaac L on May 6, 2018
Easiest finish I have ever used, fewer runs fewer bubbles
Mark A on Apr 27, 2018
Easy to apply wipe-on finish. Beautiful, durable and scratch resistant.
Peter K on Apr 3, 2018
Excellent product!
James S on Apr 1, 2018
My husband uses General Finishes for all his quality wood working projects. They apply easily and dry to a beautiful finish.
Deb A on Mar 25, 2018
nice product, make doors, floors look like with a layer of glasses
David S on Mar 8, 2018
I'm a return customer and I wouldn't use anything else
Chris S on Mar 4, 2018
I have used previously and am impressed by ease of use & looks.
Joseph P H on Feb 23, 2018
I have used it many times and I like it allot
Norman T on Feb 22, 2018
Great looking finish coat for any wood project. Easiest to apply correctly. No hassle application and results are top notch.
Samuel on Feb 21, 2018
Love the water based, so want to try the oil based. Have a project that needs a good top coat.
Linda M on Feb 19, 2018
Same as above.
Pamela C on Feb 19, 2018
I've used this product on several occasions because it is a great product. The fact also that you can wipe it on with a rag is great because there is no clean up. Just throw the rag away.
Brad R on Feb 12, 2018
Because it is great
Candice B on Jan 30, 2018
love it !
Terry K on Jan 29, 2018
We use this on over 1/2 of our products.
KEITH F on Jan 13, 2018
Used this before. Great results and easy to use.
Al B on Dec 10, 2017
Have used this before for my kitchen cabinets and love the way it finishes
Kevin O on Nov 25, 2017
I like General Finishes wipe-on products. Always have good results with them.
B E on Nov 25, 2017
I like the Arm-R-seal it works well and holds up very good
Robert K on Nov 20, 2017
I have been using the Satin finish for years but finishing a project that I wanted more sheen.
James L on Nov 4, 2017
Looked like the right product to finish my dining room table. Looked at a lot of options and this had the most recommendations that i found
Christopher W on Oct 30, 2017
Have used many times and really like the finish
Lee A on Aug 25, 2017
best finish I have found, like the ability to wipe on but use foam brush more than half of the time
jim e on Aug 14, 2017
I have had great success with this topcoat. I did a four sample board for a client on figured birch plywood and they could not believe the look Arm-R-Seal gave compared to the other topcoats
Cyril H on Aug 4, 2017
recommended by retail outlet
Mark A on Jul 10, 2017
Trying it out based on recommendations.
Matthew D on Jun 19, 2017
use it often.
Jim F on Apr 20, 2017
Peggy O on Apr 3, 2017
Very durable, perfect for the kitchen table I'm making
Jason H on Mar 30, 2017
I love this finish, easy to apply, great look
Christopher O on Mar 29, 2017
Ease of application no fuss
Donald K on Mar 24, 2017
Highly recommended
Donald K on Mar 21, 2017
This finish is the best finish in the world.
Phil K on Mar 14, 2017
I sealed my work bench with this
Robert F on Mar 5, 2017
Ran out, this is my go to finish.
Troy Dale P on Feb 16, 2017
HAVE USED THIS BEFORE, works great and dries fast.
Rick C on Feb 13, 2017
I needed a durable finish that was easy to apply to new windows installed in a 1895 house and also match the old patina woodwork.
steven k on Feb 5, 2017
did not finish as well as other products I use
STEVE F on Jan 22, 2017
It works.
John P on Jan 19, 2017
Came highly recommended. Refinishing.
Karen L M on Jan 14, 2017
Walter D on Jan 9, 2017
Looking for a finish that resisted heat, this was recommended as a hard and durable finish.
John B on Dec 14, 2016
I use Arm-R-Seal products as they work well
Douglas M on Jul 29, 2018
I have been using this product for years and have always been pleased with the results. It has a nice medium sheen and is fairly scratch resistant. I always use three coats with fine sanding in between.
Judy M on Jun 27, 2018
Will this protect against white marks from heat on a dining room table?
Nanaval on Jan 19, 2017
can this oil and urethane top coat be sprayed on?
mark b on Apr 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes according to the attached spec sheet.
If i want a smoother finish, is there a problem with sanding to a 240 grit or higher instead of stopping at 150 grit as shown technical details? Thanks
Dan P on Jul 13, 2016
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Semi-Gloss
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Semi-Gloss
General Finishes Oil-Based Seal-a-Cell, Clear
General Finishes Oil-Based Seal-a-Cell, Clear
BEST ANSWER: I always sand to 240 and the finish is beautiful. like glass. I put it on a little heavier than stated too. takes longer to dry but with no problems. I coated a pc of spalted maple with 6 coats. Afterwards I took a pot of boiling water off the stove un put it right on the wood with no pot hold just to test the finish. Not a mark was left. I was making a kitchen table so I wanted to test the finish in the harshest way.
I have a maple wood table top I am finishing. Do I need to apply the seal coat or can I just apply the poly?
Wendy S on Jun 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I applied a seal coat to a grandfather clock, prior to the poly and did the same on other projects, with success. For the first time, I just used the poly, without the seal coat on a cedar farmhouse style table and it seeems to be holding up just fine. If money isn't a problem, I and the wood will be exposed to miosture, I normally tend to use the seal, just to be cautious.
I have an order for bar tables so the finish will take a lot of abuse. The tables will be made of reclaimed lumber. Will this finish stand up to that type of use?
Anita O on Jun 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have never used General Finishes products on anything other than furniture/other items for my home which do not get the usage of bar tables but I love this finish for my needs. I use both the Seal-a-Cell and Topcoat with never a problem of any kind. Actually, I inadvertently reversed these coats on my oak dining room table, when General Finishes changed their labels many years ago and have not had a problem with that goof either. If a piece gets scratched, I just rub the entire surface (top, leg, whatever) with 0000 steel wool, clean, and cover with another coat. The bar table tops could easily be redone when really needed with very little work. In addition to all other good attributes about General Finishes, my favorite is the ease in use. I just wipe on evenly with a cloth and it smoothes into a professional looking finish. Hope this helps in your decision.
I am contemplating using this product on a Maple island top. I don't know if I should use semi-gloss (which it appears so many are using), or should I use a satin finish. I don't want a slick look, but a sheen?
Iona G on Oct 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I always use semi-gloss for everything. When the project is complete, if it has more sheen than I want, I use some Howards wax or similar and 0000 steel wool. Buff lightly with lots of wax until you reach the level of sheen you want. I should say, make sure the finish has cured for a week before doing this.
Is this finish food safe?
James H on Aug 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Though product doesn’t claim to be food safe, my understanding is that all finishes,when fully cured, are food safe. Mfg. had great customer service, suggest you contact them direct.
Could I use this for painted cabinets ???
Kristie H on Jul 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You could, or use an exterior finish like Exterior 450. Armor-Seal will amber the color a bit, but the down-side is refinishing (years from now, but still...). You will need MULTIPLE COATS, at least a few more than you were hoping for, so when you have to sand down the scratches (or, say, your grandchildren do), you are sanding finish, not through to the paint.
Can you use on live edge wood?
Javier R on Oct 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sure! I've used it on live edge cherry with and without bark, with lovely results; also many other types of wood including oak, ash, maple, cherry, sycamore, and hawthorn beams, stairs, natural branch railings, and carvings.
Can this product be applied over a fully cured water-based urethane that did not produce the desired result?
kilowatt on Dec 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: yes. Never had a pblm and have done it many times. Prepping surface with sanding or steel wool will improve the outcome
Have a brand new table. Is there a protective finish I can put on table top. Without sanding new surface?
Shirley S on Aug 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I use this finish on most every project due to its duribility and resistance to water marks. Being oil based, it will yellow with time. As for "new", if you are referring to a unfinished wood, I would sand and after staining to suit, use 00 steel wool and tach rag before each coat.

If you are doing this to a already finished table, you may not improve it much other than make it resistant to water marks and giving it a deeper tone.
does GF made a combo stain and urethane product in a light cherry finish?
Jerry on Aug 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You could probably add a tint to the finish to get a Watco look to quickly refurbish an older finish...I would go online to see their product types.
I applied Arm R Seal to an old chair, 20 year old, pine wood. Two smal spots did not dry completely after 24 hours. I wonder if I should have applied Shellac Seal Coat prior to Arm R Seal in case there is some resin is in the wood. Maybe it will dry in one more day?
Julian J on Mar 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sometimes 24 hrs is not enough. If you used a brush you might have put too much on in those spots. You could wait until it hardens and then use sandpaper, or, while it is still soft scrape with a good edge putty knife or wide blade screw driver. Which ever works, but you should get it off. Then use a wiping cloth to apply several coats with sanding in between. 280 paper. Furniture wax after last sanding, 400 paper. Patience and good work. Hinni Martens
Can this finish be used on the inside of a drinking goblet?
Glen on Jul 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, no idea.
Can Arm R Seal be srayed on with a HVLP sprayer?
DARRELL P on Nov 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I never use a sprayer. Wipe it on with a blue paper shop towel.
would this Arm-R-Seal top coat work well over a mahogany gel stain on stairs or would the EF High Performance Polyurethane top coat work better?
Paul S on Jun 4, 2017
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Semi-Gloss
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat, Semi-Gloss
General Finishes High Performance Water-based Top Coat Semi-Gloss
General Finishes High Performance Water-based Top Coat Semi-Gloss
BEST ANSWER: I would go for the High Performance on stairs and use the Arm-r-seal on furniture
Can I apply GF Arm-R-Seal after sanding and using a mahogany stain on a dining room table?
Michael M on Feb 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes. It will make a hard durable surface. I used it on a walnut slab table. I suggest a final coating of wax. I used Renaissance. Pricey but a hard final surface.
I have been using MinWax Golden Oak Stain, and MinWax Semi-Gloss Polyurethane to finish my red oak wood projects. I am interested in trying the wipe on General Finishes products. What products should I use to replace my MinWax products?
Oliver on Apr 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Use seal-a-cell for stain and sealing, Arm-R Seal for top coat. Note that oil based finishes will add amber tint with each coat, which is why I prefer it over water topcoats. I recommend staining lighter color than desired finish.
Can these be applied with a gravity feed spray gun?
Jason S on Dec 2, 2017
My wife I planning to paint a monogram on a cedar piece we are working on. She would be using acrylic paint. Can this go over the paint to seal the entire project? Also, can this be used over other finishes like danish oil?
Andrew O on Aug 22, 2017
I plan to use an oak dining table for everyday meals, which previously was only used infrequently for meals in a dining room. I want to better assure the table top surface will stand up to every day use and want to put a "sealer" over the current sealer (don't know what that is). Can I use this or is there a better product I can wipe on for that application?
pdiddy on Jul 18, 2017
WARNING: This product can expose you to Benzene, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. This product can expose you to chemicals including Ethylbenzene, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Toluene, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.