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An ideal solution for achieving a natural look on unstained woods.
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General Finishes Original Seal-A-Cell Clear

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General Finishes Original Seal-A-Cell Clear
General Finishes Original Seal-A-Cell Clear

An unusual combination of oils and urethanes, Seal-A-Cell Clear is the ideal solution for achieving a natural look on beautiful woods that are not stained. The oils penetrate deep within the wood to highlight the warm natural look, while the urethane ensures a deep hardness. Follow with multiple coats of Arm-R-Seal Urethane topcoat. Seal-A-Cell can be wiped on or applied with a foam brush.

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Brand General Finishes
Manufacturer Part Number No
Weight N/A
Tech Spec
  • Coats: Normally 1
  • Use Type: Interior
  • Dry to Recoat: 6-12 hours
  • Suggested Application: Natural bristle brush, foam brush, wipe on or pad applicator
  • Suggested Surface Prep: Clean, bare wood sanded with 120 or 150 grit paper.
  • Clean-up: Mineral spirits
  • Suggested Top Coat: Can be used alone or used with General Finishes Oil Base Arm R Seal, General Finishes Gel Satin, Enduro-Var or PolyAcrylic
Technical Documents
Coverage No
Dry Time 24 hrs
Finish No
Color Clear
Size Gallon, Pint, Quart
Use Interior
4.9 / 5.0
28 Reviews
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Easy to use. Very effective
July 20, 2018
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good Sealer
After using this on super-sanded wood, use Arm-R-Seal for the best finish I have found!
March 24, 2018
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good stuff!
Super easy to use. Great for woods where it’s difficult to get an even finish.
December 29, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
General Finishes
Wow,, used to be Minwax user, not any more this is easier and better results !!!
August 4, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great results
First time user. Easy to use.
March 19, 2017
1 year ago
Good sealer
This has worked very well as a sealer before applying the final finish.
March 15, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
I have used General Finishes for years. I refinish antiques and it is the easiest finish to put on. Always comes out like a professional job.
March 12, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Your first coat
Use this prior to your top coat. Excellent finish results
July 10, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Does just what it says on the label.
I have used this product for over 25 years and have never had a problem with it. I use General Finishes for all of my woodworking projects and find that it is the best for bringing out the look of the grain in the wood. Give it a try! Apply this sealer before applying Arm-R-Seal or Stain.
May 15, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Love it, this is my ol go to finish for virtually any interior project. Really lets the natural colors out to say HELLO
May 3, 2016
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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Recommendations made on online forums.
James B on Aug 5, 2018
Part 1 of finish coat
Isaac L on May 6, 2018
Recommendations made on online forums.
James B on Aug 5, 2018
Heard good comments about product.
Jane A. F on May 29, 2018
Part 1 of finish coat
Isaac L on May 6, 2018
Very good product
Dan K on Apr 22, 2018
i wanted to treat the wood and seal it without adding a color stain. this brings out the wood grain, conditions and seals.
Rodney J on Mar 14, 2018
A great sealer for clear of painted finish.
Chris S on Mar 4, 2018
heard it was the best
MATTHEW D D on Feb 24, 2018
online reviews
John Carper on Feb 3, 2018
This will be my first time using the product.
KEITH F on Jan 13, 2018
DAVID K on Jan 9, 2018
best product for application
william a on Dec 14, 2017
Have used this before and like it very much
Kevin O on Nov 25, 2017
It was recommended by Woodsmith as a seal coat prior to applying their fine wood stain.
Charles W on Nov 21, 2017
excellent product I have used this for my sculptures for 12 years
Deborah B on Oct 17, 2017
well reviewed on the 'net for its purpose
David L on Sep 13, 2017
Easy to work with, good quality.
Mitchel A on Sep 7, 2017
I have used this product in the past and it has stood up very well ( 45 years ago). I like the wipe on wipe off feature ( no runs).
Merle L on Aug 11, 2017
Recommendations from several woodworking sites online
Charles S on Jul 8, 2017
Perfect as a first coat clear finish, doesn't yellow the wood
Jason H on Mar 30, 2017
Ease of application no fuss
Donald K on Mar 24, 2017
Running low, use this before Arm-R-Seal on most of my projects.
Troy Dale P on Feb 16, 2017
reviews were so positive
Lanita T on Feb 7, 2017
used for seal coat for arm-r-seal top coats on wood windows
steven k on Feb 5, 2017
Came highly recommended.
Karen L M on Jan 14, 2017
To seal my painted custom stove vent I built of wood.
Robert W 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
Perfect sealer. Have used before.
Chase B on Dec 8, 2016
old stand by....dependable..reliable..consistent.... just like me !!!!!
James S on Sep 13, 2016
Wanted the best finish possible for a drum set, building from raw maple shells. GF water-base stain over maple Wunderfil, for smooth furniture finish. SAC for sealing stain and color depth, then gloss Arm-R-Seal for protection. So far so good!!
Kevin on Sep 8, 2016
Description said it would enhance the wood's grain. Maybe it worked not sure.
Charles S on Aug 22, 2016
Best product I have ever used-very forgiving
Paul F on Aug 13, 2016
Great for keepsake boxes.
Terry on Jul 13, 2016
We've used this on a kitchen table and it came out beautifully. Couple with ARM-R-SEAL Oil & Urethane Topcoat.
LORENA L L on Jun 23, 2016
Been using it for 15 years
Paul N on Jun 15, 2016
This is listed as a part of the Jeff Jewitt Mission Oak finishing instructions
Aaron H on Jun 8, 2016
Because that's what my Uncle said to order
Edward Z on May 18, 2016
My high school woodshop teacher turned me on to General Finishes 46 years ago...I've been using it on ALL my woodworking projects ever since....
rick f on Apr 28, 2016
Have used General Finishes for a long time. Just can't beat the quality of these finishes. Brings out the wood grain the best of all that I have tried.
James G on Apr 24, 2016
I used this prior to using Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Satin on a natural finish walnut bookcase. I wanted to see the grain of the wood.
Nona M on Mar 20, 2016
I read the positive reviews
Timothy S. R on Mar 20, 2016
David Marks Recommendation
Dale T on Mar 1, 2016
Works great!!
Thomas B on Feb 29, 2016
Recommended for an old oak table
Tina A L on Feb 9, 2016
Product works very well at bring out the grain of the wood. Amazing
Jerry B on Nov 30, 2015
Best finishes I have used.
Timothy A F on Nov 27, 2015
Read good things about this product in a magazine.
Joseph P on Oct 27, 2015
This finish is a prep for the topcoat,and really brings out the pattern in the wood.
Thomas on Oct 25, 2015
Customer Requested.
Robert C on Oct 23, 2015
Have had a good experience with this product in the past.
Charles R on Oct 18, 2015
I have used it before and simply ran out.
John C on Aug 22, 2015
Heard good comments about product.
Jane A. F on May 29, 2018
Very good product
Dan K on Apr 22, 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 Original Seal-A-Cell Clear
General Finishes Original Seal-A-Cell Clear
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Satin
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Satin
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 Original Seal-A-Cell Clear
General Finishes Original Seal-A-Cell Clear
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Semi-Gloss
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Semi-Gloss
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 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 Original Seal-A-Cell Clear
General Finishes Original Seal-A-Cell Clear
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Satin
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat-Satin
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 apply seal-a-cell be for the stain?
denny on Oct 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes. See Jeff Jewitt's Mission Oak Finish article at Homestead Finishing Products
He starts with a dye, then Seal-a-cell, a glaze of gel stain and final finish of Arm-R-Seal satin.
How many sq feet will a pint, quart and gallon cover?
Michael W on Aug 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 100 quart feet per pint, 200 square feet per quart, 800 square feet per gallon.
can you apply over stained wood?
A shopper on May 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely you can put it over stain. I do it all the time. Most stains fill in the gaps in the grain. The sealer soaks in to seal with some depth where the top coats build up to provide protection. The gloss finishes are the hardest and best against water so I will but lower luster finishes on after the gloss. A light sanding or #0000 steel wool between coats makes a smoother finish. In fact, the sealer alone makes a decent flat finish with little build up.
can this product be used to seal teak outdoor furniture?
Trish H on Jun 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm not 100% sure if it's compatible on teak, but for outdoor furniture you should use a sealer rated / formulated for outdoors to protect against moisture, UV, Mold, etc... Since teak is common with marine vessels I would look for something like SEMCO or other marine varnish.
what is the best way to stir the 1 gallon container?
Lew C on Aug 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We've been using this product for years and have never noticed any solids settling to the bottom. Since it is a wipe on, there doesn't seem to be any problem shaking the gallon. No bubbles show up in the finish.
I'm looking for sealacell in dark walnut. Do you carry that?
Rachel A on Jun 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Seala cell is used as a penetrating clear base coat. It does a great job of sealing the wood. It does not come in stain versions. If you are looking for a walnut stain you will need another product.
can I apply seal a cell after I have used oil and Urethane topcoat?
Laurence H on Feb 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm no expert but I'd say not. Seal-A-Cell is intended to be used earlier in the finishing process. For example, one schedule I followed used this after a dye, to stabilize the dye before applying a stain. General Finishes Arm-R-Seal (oil & urethane) was used as the top coat.
Can I use a min wax stain with this product? I know min wax stains have a sealer in them.
Wayne on Nov 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I can't offer a definitive answer but I just finished an ash bench where I used Miniwax Puritan Pine oil stain, then applied Seal-A-Coat, then Arm-R-Seal. It didn't seem to pose any problems and didn't seem to dissolve the stain in any way; the rag I used to wipe on the Seal-A-Coat stayed clear, not brown. Certainly seemed safe to me.
Can this product be used to seal the face and edges of MDF and then be sprayed with a color coat?
Ronald A on Nov 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have only used it on Maple and Oak and applied Jell Stain and found a very durable finish. With that in mind I would think it would do fine on MDF as a seal coat. Gary B.
I have used this product before to pop the grain on some figured cherry. Can SAC be finished with multiple coats of tung oil?
Michael M on Aug 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have used SAC alone to finish figured Cherry and it works great. It is very similar to a tung oil so I don't see why you would use both. I use multiple coats and #0000 steel wool in between coats and after the last coat to get a nice flat finish. It isn't as water or scratch resistant as the top coats but I like the way it looks.
do I put seal a cell on before arm r seal?
Linda B on Sep 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes. This is sealer that soaks in instead of building up. It can be used for a flat finish with light steel wool buffing (0000) but won't offer as much protection as the top coat. A smoother finish will result if you buff between coats.
Is Seal A Cell good for pine to seal knots ? I usually use Shellac to seal pine, especially if it has knots. Would this seal resin or anything that Shellac would ? I am thinking of using Seal A Cell on pine before applying Arm R Seal.
Julian J on Jun 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have used Seal a Cell on pine with good results.
I am working on a maple butcher block counter top in an vintage wood boat. I usually coat it with a latex based poly ,, I want to try & seal the maple wood better and use a rubbed oil base stain ( golden oak) as mold is always a problem in a warm wet environment.. I do not want to use traditional boat varnishes as I don't to want the yellow tint..can I use this product over a oil base stain and how durable is it ??
debbie on Jun 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi Debbie, I have used General Finishes Seal-a- Cell for at least 15 years. I make sculpture using found wood and transforming it into bird shapes. Thus the wood is sanded to smoothness, though I also keep naturally weathered areas on the finished sculpture. This finish goes on easily and is durable. Generally 2 to 3 coats. The finish is lasting! Pieces I finished ten years ago still look perfect when I visit a collector's home.
Because the finish is oil/urethane, I believe it will go on oil based stain just fine. Good luck.
Is this a stain resistant finish? Would this be appropriate for food applications?
Chris L on Jul 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Use GD salad bowl finish as described on GD's don't identify your choice of wood, if you choose a wood specie that stains unevenly maybe use the seal a cell first. However I would choose to be safe and go by the special salad bowl finish
is this going to bond well as a first coat with 1) non-stained walnut wood and
2) some areas covered with epoxy (sanded to 220 grit) used to cover voids?

3) would it work also on polyacrylic and polyester resins used to fill voids ?
george on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Product will work well with unstained unfinished wood. I suggest you sand down to 150 grit not 220. I changed to this some years ago. Carefully read the labels on the resins. You should have no problems.
Can a water based top coat be used over this product?
Turner on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes just make sure the clear coat is dry per the instructions
Our custom, wood, south-facing (UV exposure), floor-to-ceiling windows and sills are stained from many years of condensation on our recently bought 40-year old condo, but there's no rot yet. We have very cold winters here in New England, so I want to prevent further water damage but do not want a hard plastic finish. The stained windows on our rustic home look fine, so I don't want to sand them flat, paint or stain them. Would this product work well? Thanks for your comments.
Pete R on Nov 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This product isn't rated for exterior use. I would suggest the use of a Spar Varnish. You can research different products / brands and test them in inconspicuous areas to verify if you like the final results. With any clear coat, some prep work of the surface will be required for proper adhesion. The amount of prep work depends on the condition of the existing surface.
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