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General Finishes Outdoor Oil

Use this exterior-rated penetrating linseed oil with UV stabilizers and mildew prohibitors to protect your outdoor wood projects.
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General Finishes Outdoor Oil is an exterior-rated penetrating linseed oil. It contains UV stabilizers, mildew prohibitors and twice the oil contained in competing brands. We highly recommend GF Outdoor Oil for all outdoor wood projects, particularly wood furniture. It can be used by itself, over any stain, and on pressure-treated wood.

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Brand General Finishes
Color Clear
Size Gallon, Quart
Use Exterior
4.6 / 5.0
46 Reviews
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Just what I was looking for .
May 17, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great protection and beautiful finish
I've used General Finishes outdoor and indoor oils on decks, outdoor woodwork and indoor wood floors. It is a unique product that adds beauty with every application. I have always admired and wanted to duplicate the depth of grain and smoothness of finish that I've seen in old ships or the floors of 200 year old mansions. Wood that has been oiled and oiled for years. General Finishes oils are the only product I've found that produces that result.
April 27, 2020
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works great flows great
February 25, 2019
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good stuff
Great product, found very easy to spray. Nice coverage on Adirondack chairs.
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June 20, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Easy to use, great finish
I use this oil for wooden puzzles that I make and sell. It protects them against sun damage. Even though the wood stays inside, it may be sitting on a window shelf in someone's house. It also allows the natural beauty of the maple, oak, cherry and walnut that I use to shine through. Sorry this sounds like an ad, but it's how I feel.
Eagle in maple
Caribou in cherry
Hummingbird in maple
Horse in oak
October 1, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Product..Thank You...
August 30, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
used the oil for outdoor furniture and it looks great!
April 28, 2016
over 4 years ago
Just what I was looking for
I applied this on a teak patio furniture set.I really like the way it turned out.

Leaves a non sticky, non glossy penetrating finish. No splotching.

It was probably mid to high 70s when I applied it (in the shade) using a rag and i found I needed to wipe off the excess faster than the instructions predicted. It starts to get a little tacky if you wait too long.

Looks great. Wife's very happy.
August 16, 2015
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Fantastic Stuff
I called General Finishes and asked them what they would recommend for an application where something was outside in the sun and in the water so I needed UV and mildew protection. As well, it had to be non-toxic as people would have it in their hand all day. This would be cork handles on a fishing rod, but even if its outdoor furniture (which it was designed for), it is easy to apply, penetrates well, takes well to sanding and multiple coats and...feels great and smells great when it dries. People often remark how good my fishing rod handles feel in the hand. I can imagine sitting in an Adirondack chair or being at a picnic table finished with this stuff.
August 11, 2015
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
I wanted something that was fool...
I wanted something that was fool proof to apply, looked great, and offered excellent outdoor protection. I used it on untreated maple and it turned out fantastic!
March 14, 2012
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Superior Performance
Timothy D O on Jul 24, 2018
bought it once before and liked it
Mark B on May 14, 2018
Superior Performance
Timothy D O on Jul 24, 2018
I have had excellent results with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal and Seal-a-Cell.
Brian B on Jun 9, 2018
bought it once before and liked it
Mark B on May 14, 2018
Have used the indoor urethane and like it so I figured I would try the outdoor oil
Michael S on May 11, 2018
water proofing, but it states prevents mold
Tracey K on Jan 31, 2018
This was mentioned in Wordsmith as a finish for a porch swing. I finished the swing and wanted to protect it.
Dale S on Dec 20, 2017
Trying to see if it will for me
kenny l on Aug 13, 2017
I have used it in the past. It works well.
Gary R on Jul 19, 2017
I needed a finish that will last on my out door projects.
Bert K on Jul 7, 2017
Best outdoor finish I ever used. Just thought of several projects i will need this for.
Scott D on May 28, 2017
Have used this product on outside chairs and has worked well
Gifford N on May 24, 2017
Outdoor Project
Garfield P on May 23, 2017
going to make some out door tables & chairs ,thought I would try this.
nathan s on Apr 11, 2017
Great outdoor finish
Mark T on Dec 29, 2016
The Rockler Store representative recommended this product for exterior use and I am glad he did. The product is easy to use and had great results.
Dan Courtemanche on Nov 25, 2016
Seal outdoor furniture
Robert P on Nov 20, 2016
Recommended by a friend
Juan O on Nov 1, 2016
Deck preservation
RICHARD S on Oct 3, 2016
Have used many times, like the fact that you do not have to strip to recoat.
Robert A on Mar 13, 2016
you listed it in the plans and it does a very good job
RICHARD S on Feb 19, 2016
Had good reviews, but I used it on a live edge cedar bench for our patio, and the oil faded and peeled within 6 months.
Randy C on Sep 20, 2015
Recommended by a magazine project.
Thomas W on Aug 1, 2015
teak patio chairs
ROSE P. on Jul 7, 2015
Recommended, so I thought I would try it. Good reviews as well.
rg972 on Jul 1, 2015
Just had outside tree woodcarving done. This was product recommended.
Tim F on Jun 22, 2015
It is a completely awesome product for finishing cork fishing rod handles
Tony S on May 24, 2015
use this product on outdoor furniture and I just ran out
Gary S on May 15, 2015
Quality product for outdoor furniture
JIM B on May 9, 2015
I have use this oil in the pass. this oil holds up well. You may have 2 recoat every 2 yers if in the sun
DOUGLAS M on Apr 27, 2015
I have had excellent results with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal and Seal-a-Cell.
Brian B on Jun 9, 2018
Have used the indoor urethane and like it so I figured I would try the outdoor oil
Michael S on May 11, 2018
best way to apply ?
RICHARD S on Aug 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can apply this with a cloth, foam brush, brush, paint roller or sprayer.
Wipe off excess after 15 minutes
would like to use on a black walnut and black gum breakfast nook table indoor, any problems such as odor ?
ken w on Nov 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No lasting odor. Just a typical slight odor like any oil finish has after applying, but once it dries, there was no noticeable odor .
Is this a good oil for a cedar porch swing?
Carol B on Apr 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely YES. We have used it on cedar for various projects, and the wood takes it up very well. This absorbs into the grain far more than polyurethane, and cures up very hard. Plus it has UV blockers to keep it in good shape even in direct sun. We used it on our wicker porch swing with superb results. Highly recommended for what you want to do with it.
can this be applied directly over arm-r-seal oil based satin?
Arnold n on Aug 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, Outdoor Oil is a penetrating finish. It needs to be applied directly to raw wood. It is not a topical finish.
will it turn the white on cedar yellow ?
Steve M on Apr 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If by "white" you mean the pale sap wood on western red cedar, then no, it'll just slightly darken the whole board, so relationship of sap to heart will stay the same, but darken both a bit to a slightly "wetter" look.
Can you use this on composite decking?
Sue R on Sep 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately not. This needs to penetrate into the wood.
Can you paint over this?
Barbara D on Aug 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not. It soaks into the wood and does not leave a glossy finish, so I suppose paint would adhere to it. I've just never tried it.
Would your outdoor oil be a good product for a marine dock?
marilyn b on Apr 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It is not designed for that type of use. However we have had customers use this on their pool desks. As long as you apply a coat every year it should hold up but it may not look that great. A clear finish outside will still allow the light to change the color of the wood.
can this be used as a covering for shelving or cabinet tops indoors?
Bob on May 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. But please note that the product here is a linseed oil and will perform as an oil, meaning that it will wear off and dissipate over time. I would personally use a polyurethane or acrylic finish to make the surface smooth and easy to clean off any dust or grime that might collect.
Is it best to apply a finished coat like General Finishes exterior 450 varnish?
Edward M on Apr 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: In our opinion, it is best to recoat with Outdoor Oil annually to keep the wood looking beautiful. We live in an ocean salt environment, varnish isn't recommended.
Do I need to sand between coats during my initial application?
Coryb2003 on Feb 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This may not seem like an answer. I have used this oil 4 or 5 times, and never want to use more than one coat per year. With that in mind I do sand between coats, but they are a year apart. Because it is an oil and not a varnish, it will clog your paper unless it has dried for days if not weeks. I have used it on mahogany and massaranduba.
Is there a UV wood sealant that will not change the color of the wood. I.E. the purple in cedar planks?Marvin
Marvin D on Aug 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I used General Outdoor oil finish on knotty cedar boards, turned out great,
Is this safe for use on raised garden boards for a veggie garden?
Terri G on Apr 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I used it on the stand for my garden. I used PVC trim boards(1 X 6 ) for the body of the garden.
I just purchased an outdoor patio table made of acacia wood. Can I apply this on the table without sanding to maintain a protective barrier?
Aarti C on Apr 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. But please note that the product here is a linseed oil and will perform as an oil, meaning that it will wear off and dissipate over time.
Is this product good to use on outdoor teak furniture?
Kevin L on May 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. You will need to re-apply it every year or every other year. Also this will not stop the Teak fro turning grey. If you want to keep the nice brown colors of the Teak you will either need to apply and oil stain first or tint the Outdoor Oil with a stain. About 1 part of stain to 3 parts of Outdoor oil works well.
The description says it can be applied over stain. I have an interior stain I wanted to apply it over will that be ok? I am applying it to a deck and they dont make the color I want in an exterior stain
Michael G on May 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: As noted by Scott, technically you can apply it over any stain once dried but the color may not hold up well. Our outdoor oil does have some UV protection but still may not keep the color for long.
Is this good for exterior doors?
Michael D on Apr 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I haven't used General Finishes Outdoor Oil on exterior doors, but it has protected and made beautiful my decks and other outdoor wood products. It is the closest product I have found to give that deep and strong finish that I picture on the decks of ships and floors of classic old mansions that have been oiled and oiled for generations. I've found nothing else like General Finishes indoor and outdoor oils.
Can it be applied over linseed oil that has thoroughly dried ?
Stephen R on Apr 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Check with that product mfg. online and /or call, they let you know what to do. My take is it can applied over finishes but basically you have to powerwash and sand over it anyway.
I put Outdoor Oil on pine with sanding sealer applied and it failed in one summer. I'm sanding it and trying just the Outdoor Oil now..
Can this be used on exotic hardwood decks?
A shopper on Jun 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I used this on a table holding a big green egg and it has given me a great looking finish. I cannot imagine it will not give excellent results on a deck. I would be more concerned if the deck has been previously coated with some other finish. This product needs and does penetrate the wood significantly. I gave my table three coats.
I have new wood benches that have been treated with soybean oil and carnuba wax. Can I use this over top of them?
Kelli M on May 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The outdoor oil is linseed oil and other materials for UV resistance and mold resistance. If your benches only had the soybean oil, I would say yes. But having carnauba wax as well may limit the absorption of the outdoor oil and not work as well. It depends on how thick the carnauba wax was applied and how long ago.
Need an outdoor finish on a wooden burned American flag. Would you recommend this product to hold up and not yellow?
Gus C on May 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We bought this product over a year ago. It is on several outdoor signs and they have not yellowed and have weathered well over Minnesota's extreme winter.
What is the coverage rate when applying with a foam brush?
Bernie N on Jul 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Don’t know about a foam brush. I used a regular brush and put two coats on a porch swing; about half a quart can.
what is sq ft coverage of the quart size? Thinking about using on garapa hardwood deck which is 250 sq. ft. Good idea? Does it have any UV protection?
Hat E on Sep 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I only use it for small projects like my wooden puzzles. I do use it specifically for UV protection, though, since some customers put the puzzles on a window shelf, and they need to stay color fast.
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.