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Wipe on with a cloth or apply with a foam brush for a hard, durable high-gloss topcoat.
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General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Gloss

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General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Gloss

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

  • 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.
  • Shipping Restrictions: Ground Transportation Only.
(1) General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Gloss
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Brand General Finishes
Manufacturer Part Number No
Weight N/A
Tech Spec
  • Coats: Normally 3
  • Cure Time: 2 Weeks for optimal water resistance
  • 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
Technical Documents
Coverage No
Dry Time 24 hrs
Finish Gloss
Color Clear
Size Gallon, Pint, Quart
Use No
4.9 / 5.0
40 Reviews
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Great finish
Good finish for most projects
September 24, 2018
1 month ago
I have used many gallons of this finish. It is the best on the market for a true oil/varnish finish. Very forgiving, and can be lightly scuffed and new finish applied later, even many years later with same beautiful results.
July 23, 2018
3 months ago
Arm-R-Seal is the real deal!
It’s the best!
April 9, 2018
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very easy to use with quality results. I used the seal a cell first followed by three coats of gloss
March 18, 2018
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Really works well to bring out the figure
Great with Seal a cell on curly maple
Great with Seal a cell on curly maple
March 1, 2018
8 months ago
This finish wipes on fast with a stain pad and no brush marks.
Orchestra Batons
Orchestra Batons
February 6, 2018
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product
Excellent finish. Easy to use. Watch The Wood Whisperer video “A Simple Varnish Finish” for instructions on how to get a beautiful finish on your project.
December 29, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent product
November 20, 2017
11 months ago
Best for easy finishing
I use this as a wipe-on Finish. If you use varying grits of sandpaper and sand it as you finish, then wipe off the excess it will give you great finishes every time.
November 17, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Product
This worked better than any poly I have used. I wiped a few layers on to build, then one with a soft bristle brush. Be careful of foam brushes, or brush very lightly. This builds quickly and dries hard as a rock.
Ambrosia Maple Waterfall Bench.  Arm-R-Seal gloss is amazing stuff!
Ambrosia Maple Waterfall Bench. Arm-R-Seal gloss is amazing stuff!
November 11, 2017
12 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
After much internet review this product meets my needs.
poppyron on Aug 16, 2018
I love the look and protection they provide
Jennifer J W on Jul 13, 2018
After much internet review this product meets my needs.
poppyron on Aug 16, 2018
I like it best for my projects
RANDALL M on Jul 23, 2018
I love the look and protection they provide
Jennifer J W on Jul 13, 2018
A very good finish
Douglas M on Jul 9, 2018
All videos showed this was the best finish to use
MATTHEW D D on Feb 24, 2018
wanted to try new brand
Lloyd C on Jan 19, 2018
Love it.,
John G on Jan 15, 2018
DAVID K on Jan 9, 2018
High quality
LYLE H on Jan 1, 2018
Good reviews.
Christopher W on Dec 30, 2017
U tube video
Calvin B on Aug 22, 2017
From the high recommendations to use as a table top finish and ease of use.
Aaron E on Jul 27, 2017
I have used General Finish for years and needed more for a project. To refinish a table I did with it 27 yrs ago, very durable product.
Robert W on Jun 30, 2017
Easy to apply,fast and simple.
Ellen P on May 18, 2017
awesome product with great durability
Tom V on May 2, 2017
like general finish products
steve w on Apr 4, 2017
Really good but can be really shiny ....sand as directed....use satin for final coat.....
James S on Feb 19, 2017
Good Reviews on the product prompted me to give it a try.
LRHinKC on Feb 11, 2017
great finish!
Shaun M on Feb 3, 2017
did not finish as well as other products I use
STEVE F on Jan 22, 2017
I have used this product for over 15 years and it is simple to use and does not force one to completely redo or sand down floors to get a great finish
Frank K on Jan 5, 2017
No drips, runs or sags with a durable finish
Pat D on Jan 2, 2017
suggested from online info on How To clean up old furniture. So am just trying it, hope it works.
Jan N on Jan 2, 2017
Have used before. Excellent.
Chase B on Dec 8, 2016
My friend told me about this. She has done a lot of refinishing with the stain and seal and it all looks beautiful! I'm excited to try it.
Lonette A on Dec 6, 2016
This product is used on "The Wood Whisperer" and he cant say enough nice things about it. Plus I love the look.
Jonathan M on Nov 15, 2016
Wood Whisperer (internet web site / blog )review. I will be finishing a woodworking project.
Anthony S on Nov 14, 2016
I chose this finish because this is the approved one that the woodshop uses on our toys for tots
Jane B on Jun 27, 2016
We've used this on a kitchen table and it came out beautifully. Couple with Seal-A-Cell Clear.
LORENA L L on Jun 23, 2016
Best wipe on finish I've used, yet!
Leonard on Jun 8, 2016
Chosen to try out an oil-based finish. I've only worked with GF HP water-based and I've heard good things about arm-r-seal.
Farrell G on May 30, 2016
To put a clear coat an a chess board. Very happy with the finish.
Timothy S on Mar 22, 2016
David Marks Recommendation
Dale T on Mar 1, 2016
I have used this before on alot of projects and have not had a problem with it ever.I use GF finishes on all the things I build unless they want something else put on.
Danny S on Feb 23, 2016
Internet add and video from General Finishes
Jacob B on Jan 21, 2016
Great Stuff. Use it all the time now.
ROBERT W on Jan 18, 2016
I've used this product before and like it.
Martin P on Dec 7, 2015
Used this before with great results. Just needed more.
David S on Nov 30, 2015
It was recommended to use with the gel stain I purchased
Anita R on Nov 30, 2015
Best stuff in the business
Paul L on Sep 11, 2015
I have used your satin product before and was very satisfied, however I need a glossier finish for my walnut project.
John C on Aug 22, 2015
A very experienced wood worker recommended this product for those of us who rarely get into the wood refinishing arena.
David H on Aug 6, 2015
Needed to finish a previously started project. Old open can hardened by the time I was ready to use again.
Rachel C on Aug 3, 2015
I have used it in the past and it is my go to finish for wood products.
James L on Jul 13, 2015
You Tube tutorial and salesman at your Seattle store advised me on General Finishes and how to attain a high sheen finish
Don O on Jun 29, 2015
Recommended in Fine Woodworking
Thomas D on Jun 15, 2015
To coat workbench, Saw table, Toolbox and Shelves in Workshop
Ron W on Jun 9, 2015
This is about as close as I could get to the
Royal Finish that I used back in 1968.
Francis P on Jun 7, 2015
I have used this finish with good results for over 20 years. I think it is great and very easy to use. the best bet is to thin the first coat by 25% and wash it over the item to be finished. Give it ten minutes then wipe it off and go on as instructed.
Thomas C on Jun 3, 2015
I like the finish quality.
Carl K on May 24, 2015
I like it best for my projects
RANDALL M on Jul 23, 2018
A very good finish
Douglas M on Jul 9, 2018
Has anyone used the General Finishes Arm-R-Seal (gloss) over the Rockler pure tung oil? If so, how long should I let the tung oil cure before applying Arm-R-Seal? And do I need to prep the tung finish (ie: 0000 steel wool, etc) prior as well?

I made a silverware chest for my great grandmother's wedding set and have about 4 coats of pure tung oil on it. I picked up a pint of this finish for use on another project and absolutely LOVE the results! So much so that I really want to use it on the exterior of the quarter-sawn white oak & lacewood chest, but not at the expense of sanding down the tung oil. Also, any recommendations for masking off areas I don't want the finish to get on (specifically the inside edges of the top and drawer). It's easier to control where it goes, being a wipe on finish, but any extra protection would be great.

Thanks in advance!
David S on Jan 10, 2017
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Gloss
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Gloss
Rockler's Tung Oil
Rockler's Tung Oil
BEST ANSWER: Yes, though for the satin rather than the gloss. I put on 5 coats of Tung and then three of Arm-R-Seal on a red oak panel. I did not sand between the Tung coats, but did sand and hand-buff between the Arm-R-Seal coats to denib and smooth. It worked fine, though I waited 2 weeks+ before adding that topcoat. Also, I only put the poly on one side of the panel.

Any poly will help with durability, and 4 coats of Tung is probably not enough protection, so do it. Poly can always go over a drying oil, and there's little need to sand under it since the poly makes it irrelevant.

I tried masking off my tenons and mortises from the Tung, with mediocre results. Having used the poly, I think it might work slightly better.
Can redwood be stained a driftwood grey? Then sealed with a satin finish?
Bob K on Feb 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Staining redwood with a grey stain would take away from its beautiful wood color. Aside from that, I don't believe that the stain would mesh well with the oil in the finish. Take a pine, or a maple piece and apply a grey stain.
How soon can I apply another coat in warm indoor temperatures?
Julian J on Feb 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: the can says 6 to 8 hrs. but i found if you wait 24 hrs. the finish is harder and you get better sanding qualitys and the next coat goes on easier. mike m
Can I put arm r seal over gel coat? Ellen
Ellen L on Mar 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely. Make sure all excess gel coat is wiped off and allowed to dry thoroughly. If your final finish coat(s) is going to be Arm-R-Seal, you'll want to use several coats because they go on thin and need to be built up.
I'm sure you have already answered this but i wanted to make sure I got it right. I'm building a dining/kitchen table and I'm going to stain the top an ebony tone while painting the base an off white satin. I will use an oil based stain and then top coat with ar-r-seal Urethane. Am I on the right track? I spent too much money on this project to screw it up. My wife would brain me.
bruce b on Jun 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes your on the right track , light coats and build the coats up .
just stated a project with a walnut wood slab for a bathroom countertop....not sure about the sheen...gloss or semi-gloss...I don't want it to be glass like! glossy is the gloss product?
Billy S on Dec 5, 2015
Not sure you gave enough information so I will assume the counter top is for a sink rather than cosmetics. Firstly, walnut is not the greatest wood for heavy moisture exposure, so you have to really protect the surface and any cut edges that might become wet. Never assume any edge will stay dry over a long period of use.
With water exposure as a top concern, I would not recommend this particular product for a sink counter top, though I am a fan of General finishes. Furthermore, I opt for high gloss whenever possible, largely for its transparency, which promotes better grain enhancement. Keep in mind the oil will not offer any significant moisture protection; it's the varnish that does it. As for gloss, I have not seen a really high gloss like lacquer or a multicoat varnish finish.
I might suggest you look for a water based, polyurethane product as its ease of application and low toxicity make it attractive for your project while offering good durability and very good water protection.
As always, luck with it. Mike
will this product work for a butcher block counter top?
Joshua on Aug 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will. It dries within 1 hour. Sand lightly between coat with 220 grit. I recommend 3 coats. And you can recoat for years later if you desire. Recommend you also rub with very fine woodworkers steel wool after final coat.
Which is the harder, stiffer finish; Arm-R-Seal, or EF High Petformance?
Kevin on Aug 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I use arm-r-seal and like it...i like wipe on oil based poly.
i haven't used the other product, so i can't compare them.\
Is this a good coating for a dining table top?
Cliff on Feb 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I've been using this finish for table tops for several years and it is definitely the best urethane varnish I have ever used. It is thinner than most retail varnishes and flows beautifully. But that also means more coats. For a table top, I would suggest 4 coats at minimum. Make sure you choose the sheen that you prefer and if you want semi gloss or satin, use gloss for the first two or three coats and then do the last one or two coats with the sheen you want. This will give you the satin sheen but will be more transparent than using 4 coats of satin.
Is the arm-r-seal urethane topcoat ok for exterior use?
Benny on Jun 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: one of the best finishes i have put on furniture. all data does not list outdoor use . i do not think it is an outdoor finish. i would contact the factory
How do you open the cans?? I had a really hard time -- destroyed the lid!
Lawrence P on Oct 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You did not mention if this was a new can of General Finish or an old or used can. If it is a new can pick up a paint can opener from any paint store, hardware store, or home supply store, often they are free. Looking at the top of the General Finish can identify the outside most bead or edge. Place the paint can opener into the slot created by the bead and pry the inner lid up. Repeat this every few inches along the entire length of the can until you have safely removed the lid. If this was a used can of finish you may have left enough of the product in the crease of the can where the lid closes on the can that it hardened sealing the can tightly. To prevent this from happening in the future wipe any excess liquid up before you reseal the can.
Can it be thinned ?
A shopper on Aug 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I cut my last coat 25% with mineral spirits.
I'm finishing a 47" round pedestal kitchen table, how much Arm R Seal should I buy? Will a quart cover the table with 3 coats?
A shopper on Apr 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello Out There,
A simple and good question but the answer could be a bit complicated. I don't know the wood in question and whether the pedestal and base are wood, as well. If all are soft and porous, and you want to coat all surfaces (at least one underneath), just barely enough is my guess. But do you really want high gloss for a kitchen table, which is very different from a dining room table? Keep in mind that the protection needed for a kitchen table top solely rests with the urethane component. GF makes a wipe on satin gel with a higher urethane content but Behlen makes a table top urethane varnish that is probably best for this application. You could seal the table with the ArmRSeal (or blonde shellac) and topcoat with something else. It also depends on what final color you want and whether that means using an oil based stain, which my local Rockler does not carry. Lastly, if you have the time, let each higher content urethane varnish coat dry out well between coats for the best results, which means days at a time. Be patient and your results will be better. Do have fun. Hope this helps.
Regards mike
can arm r seal be used on baby's high chair?
Kathy M on Apr 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes it can but it will take time to get it done. If you want to take the time it's a great finish. You may want to check out a water base and not an oil it will go faster and wear just as well.
I would like to order semi-gloss but don't see the OPTION; however, the information states that semi-gloss is available. Is semi-gloss available?
Yvone S on Feb 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is a great product. I’ve been using this for a couple years. It’s sets really nice and has a long lasting finish
Does Arm-R-Seal work as a good guitar finish?
John Carper on Mar 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: For an electric solid body—absolutely, and it’s far easier than nitro lacquer! For electric hollow or semi hollow, also yes for the same reason, with the caveat that one would want the thinnest coats possible. I’m not 100% certain it would be good on an acoustic because of the physics involved. However, Arm-R-Seal would be far better than French Polish or Nitro if the acoustic was a traveling/gigging instrument, where if the exterior finish did play a role in the guitar’s sound (negatively), the sound engineer could correct any shortcoming.
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