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Sam Maloof Poly/Oil Finish

A custom blend of polyurethane varnish and natural oils developed by the legendary Sam Maloof that provides a top-quality hand-rubbed satin finish.
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The late Sam Maloof, one of America's most accomplished woodworkers, used these same finishes on pieces placed in museums and the White House. Sold in pint- and quart-size cans. "One of the most important aspects of finishes, I believe, is that they invite me to touch, to caress and to take pleasure in the wood surface." Sam Maloof. Maloof's Poly/Oil Finish is a custom blend of polyurethane varnish and natural oils developed by Sam Maloof to beautifully finish his finest pieces. Ideal for use on furniture, cabinets and millwork. Enlivens wood grain and adds warmth to its color. Gives your project the look of a hand-rubbed satin finish in half the time it takes using pumice and rottenstone. Consider using Sam Maloof's Oil/Wax for the final coat to complete the look. Sam Maloof Oil/Wax Finish is a blend of oils and waxes used as a final coat over Sam Maloof's Poly/Oil Finish to create a soft, hand-rubbed appearance while enlivening the wood's character. This topcoat is recommended for fine pieces that won't be exposed to heat or moisture. Apply with a cloth. For more information on Sam Maloof, see Jeremy Adamson's book, The Furniture of Sam Maloof, the first thorough documentary of Maloof's life and work.
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Tech Spec
  • Coats: 4 Suggested
  • Suggested Oil/Wax: After finish dries use 1-2 coats of Sam Maloof Oil/Wax for best finish.
  • Dry Time: 24 Hours
  • Suggested Application: Liberally apply with soft cotton rag, wipe off excess
  • Suggested Surface Prep: Sand surface with successive grits up to 400, then burnish with 0000 steel wool followed by a buffing with a cotton rag for best results.
  • Spaces Incompatibilities: Not suggested for use on Zircote, Ebony or Rosewood
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Dry Time 24 hrs
Use Interior
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I love the finish this product gives and will be using it often
July 27, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent finish
Excellent product comprising three very inexpensive ingredients. After buying one outrageously priced can, I easily duplicated it (or came close) for about 1/10 the cost by mixing linseed and Tung oils with some poly.
July 14, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
I absolutely love using this product. Had been using Formby's tung oil for a while, but from now on I'm a
Sam Maloof poly/oil fan.
April 21, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product!
I used the Maloof finish poly oil in combanation with the Maloof wax and the results were outstanding. I used the product on walnut and cherry field with a maple accent strip awards plaque and it took to all species with no flaws. In the past I was a die hard lacquer finish proponent until my buddy turned me onto Maloof products. Only caution I would give is I heat my work space and high temps will affect your results; follow the directions.
Award plaque
Award plaque
April 14, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good results.
It is an excellent product and is simple to use. Ive has consistently good results with this product
March 27, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Just beautiful
I used both poly oil and oil wax. It just popped the walnut, just enough, not less not much. You can still feel the wood, texture.Remember you need to apply several coats as much as it needs. Patience is the key here.
Walnut Jewelry box
Walnut Jewelry box
Walnut Jewelry box
Walnut Jewelry box
February 20, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Phenomenal product!
February 5, 2018
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
My favorite wood finish
follow the directions on the label. You wont be disappointed!
January 30, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
My favorite
Beautiful finish amazingly easy to apply
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January 27, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Professional Grade Finish for All Levels of Experience
I have used Sam Maloof Poly Oil and Oil Wax Finish for many years. You can't go wrong. They are the best!
January 26, 2018
over 2 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
first time trying, heard good things about this finish
Pam A on Aug 16, 2018
Best finish around for table tops.
Alan K on Jul 22, 2018
first time trying, heard good things about this finish
Pam A on Aug 16, 2018
was recommended for fine furniture finish
Heather G on Aug 3, 2018
Best finish around for table tops.
Alan K on Jul 22, 2018
2nd time ordering this product. excellent results.
robert c on Jul 10, 2018
I have used it in the past and really like it.
Tom E on Jul 5, 2018
It is easy to use and looks fantastic.
Jeremy on Jul 3, 2018
Recommendation from a friend who is a full-time furniture maker (and musical instrument builder), producing custom furniture that has been shown--and sold--around the world; and seeing the finished results of this Sam Maloof poly oil on his high-end furniture projects...truly outstanding!
Glen B on Jun 29, 2018
Love SAM Maloofs work and finishes. Hope this is the real deal he used.
Rick S on May 15, 2018
Combined with the Oil/Wax finish this is the only way to finish high quality work.
Dennis I on May 14, 2018
Used it before and like the finish.
Paul K on May 4, 2018
this is my go to finish for 99% of my turned bowls .
judy m on Apr 17, 2018
Wanted to try it.
Ned R on Apr 16, 2018
I'm out
Stan B on Apr 3, 2018
Recommended to me by my expert-woodworker brother for finishing a live-edge walnut table top.
Brian A on Mar 30, 2018
Makes red cedar look amazing.
Jeremy on Mar 10, 2018
Very expensive, but several coats leaves a very nice soft-glow finish.
Richard S on Mar 1, 2018
This also was recommended to me to use
Joseph R on Feb 20, 2018
Concerned that existing supply may not have survived winter weather and have a quick project to finish.
Bill W on Feb 15, 2018
Easy to use. great results.
Geoffrey K on Jan 29, 2018
This is my favorite furniture finish. Easy to apply and looks great!
David on Jan 19, 2018
used before
David Adomites D on Jan 17, 2018
it works!
Michel R on Jan 16, 2018
Been using it for years and like it.
David H on Jan 5, 2018
Used this for many years. Works very well!
GRAHAM M on Jan 5, 2018
has been a good product for hardwood bandsaw boxes, and ornaments. Very nice finish.
Robert O on Dec 25, 2017
This was recommended by a respected local craftsman.
Jeremy on Dec 11, 2017
Recommended as the best finish for my walnut table project
Michael B on Nov 28, 2017
great product
donald w on Nov 25, 2017
Great stuff - I buy it again and again!
Brian P on Nov 8, 2017
I have used this poly/oil for year. I put it on are family table that I made 15 years ago still looks good after kids,pets and all the things they can do to a wood table
Mark F on Oct 30, 2017
what to see how it works on a table
Kevin L on Oct 18, 2017
recommended by a friend
Robert O on Oct 1, 2017
Have used it for years. Excellent product.
Rita N on Sep 15, 2017
I've used it exclusively for years. No need to try anything else.
ARLIN C on Sep 14, 2017
I looked up on youtube best wood finishes and found Sam Maloof's wood Finish to be the best for the results i was looking for!<br />I would also like to say thank you to my beautiful girlfriend Renee for putting up with me and buying my exotic Macassar Ebony book matched lumber to build my speakers :O I love you baby! Ian
Ian B. C on Sep 11, 2017
To use myself and as a gift
Stephen C on Sep 4, 2017
Recommended by the maloof workshop. I have a maloof rocker.
Stephanie T on Aug 30, 2017
It always produces excellent results.
Darrel G on Aug 7, 2017
I met Sam Maloof a number of years ago. I was always impressed with the finish on his products. I asked him what he used and he told me about this. It is exactly what I was looking for. More than straight oil, yet pleasant to use.
Thomas E on Jul 26, 2017
it seems to have a good reputation
richard j p on Jul 11, 2017
Best finish ever!!!!!
Ramone G on Jul 3, 2017
Recommended and had good reviews
Danny C on May 31, 2017
As a guitarmaker, I'm very familiar with spraying lacquer or french polishing with shellac, but I don't know ANYTHING about finishing "normal" furniture. I went with this based on Sam's reputation, the general look of the finish on his pieces, and a little piece of mind since I don't have to wonder if I chose the best products to make my own.
James O on May 12, 2017
New to me and I want to try this stuff.
Doris L on May 12, 2017
Best hand applied finish I have ever used. Use it on anything I possibly can!!!!!
Ramone G on Apr 19, 2017
I am ready to finish my third Maloof rocker.
James C on Apr 12, 2017
Repeat purchase, god previous results.
Bill W on Mar 20, 2017
because it is best
Mesfin M on Mar 5, 2017
U-Tube recommendation
Donna K on Mar 5, 2017
I making Maloof inspired chairs and want to use the same finish he used.
Stan B on Feb 13, 2017
was recommended for fine furniture finish
Heather G on Aug 3, 2018
2nd time ordering this product. excellent results.
robert c on Jul 10, 2018
I have a 3-year-old Cherry surface finished with the Poly/Oil and (I think??) the Oil/Wax. I love the finish. It has of course darkened over time. There are a couple scuffs, not scratches, that I would like to repair prior to entering the piece in a show in one month. I tried applying a bit of the Poly/Oil, but not much difference. I could sand with a high grit and reapply the Poly/Oil, but I'm afraid of exposing lighter wood. Any recommendations for repair assuming I probably have the Oil/Wax finish coat?
MIke N on Mar 31, 2016
Is this finish ok to use on a mantel? The fireplace is a gas with fake logs.
steve L on Nov 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There is nothing like it that you can buy in gives you a true hand rubbed finish and good amount of time to work with theres a reason for the price andits worth it
can you add colour to this product?
Brenda S on Feb 2, 2018
How does the Sam Malouf Poly/Oil Finish perform on table tops?
Alexander on Sep 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I've been using this finish since I took a seminar from Maloof in the early 90s. It's a beautiful finish that he used on everything, but in my experience it's not a durable, wood protection finish like a pure polyurethane would be. Like most oil type finishes, it doesn't build up a surface film for protection. That being said, if you have a table that you're willing to baby a little bit, it's still a beautiful finish and my favorite way to go. The best part is that it's very easy to renew the finish by just wiping on another coat if it starts to get dull or is exposed to too much heat or liquids, etc.
Do you still sand to 400 grit even with walnut? I've sanded to 325 and it looks like I have a finish on it. I heard to stop at 150 and then apply a finish because once the pores are closed up, it won't take a finish as well....what do recommend to do with walnut before using Sam Maloof?
Heather T on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Maloof believed in finishing his wood first then sealing with finish. You can read his books about it. His favourite wood to work in was walnut. If you follow his method and sand until the wood is very smooth, then apply his finish, you get a very nice finished product. Walnut still has an open grain, yet it is still very polished and smooth. If you want a lacquered finish, you should use something else. This is not a grain filler, just more of a preservative and a polish. My family owns some Maloof pieces and this finish if you follow the protocol will give you a Maloof style finish.
Can poly/oil be applied over stained wood?
A shopper on May 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Make sure your stained wood has dried for 24 hours. Sand with 400 grain sand paper very lightly. Wipe off dust with a damp cloth. Apply the poly/oil lightly and wipe off with a clean cotten cloth at least two times so only a thin coat remains on the wod. Let dry 24 hours and then reapply three more times.
What do you use to wet sand the oil wax or the poly oil?
Charles on May 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I used Abralon pads on a random orbital sander. They are often used for polishing bowling balls. For the poly oil, I used sanded all the to 500 grit for the first coat and 1000 grit for the second coat. Works great on black walnut as it fills in the pores. It's amazingly smooth. I left the bottom of the coffee table rough and tell people to first feel the bottom and then feel the top, they can't believe it. You can also look into 3M polishing paper.
How can I darken Sam Maloof Oil/Poly Finish? I tested on a cherry veneer sample sanded to 320 and it was perfect medium/dark cherry color. However, on my real cabinet, sanded to 400, it came out too light - light cherry. How can I darken my cabinet that will be compatible with the 2 coats of Sam Maloof Finish that's already on.

A shopper on May 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have not done this, but you could try (on a small sample) a couple of drops of concentrated dye, like Trans Tint. If you do this on your cabinet, be sure to have plenty of colored finish available as you will have problems mixing the same color with another batch.

What I do to darken a cherry project is give it a suntan - put it in direct sun light for a few days to a few weeks, rotating the item to get all sides. It will darken quite a bit doing this, and cherry will darken more over time. I would definitely try giving it a sun tan before using any dye.

As to why your cabinet is lighter, first, cherry boards vary a lot in color. Perhaps the basic color of the cherry wood you used was lighter than your sample ? And you may have sanded too much. I have gone to sanding to just up to 180 grit, then wet sand between coats with 600 grit to get a smooth surface.
What if I applied a coat of shellac over ebony and then applied the poly/oil (shellac being considered the universal fix for compatibility issues)?
Richard F on Mar 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm sure that would work, but you've lost the one thing that makes this finish work which is it's "absorption" in the pores of the wood to help build up the finish. Putting this over shellac would be like putting a very diluted coat of poly on top of your shellac. When you wipe off excess, you're wiping off most of your product and not getting much build. Why not just keep applying shellac? Or putting on a true poly over the shellac (which I do very often)?
Is this product food safe?
P I on Apr 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is definitely not a food safe finish - it's polyurethane and linseed oils primarily. Has volatile compounds in it (the drying agents in the oils). For food safe, you want something like a mineral oil finish.
Any suggestions if the Sam Maloof finish can be used for Sapele (an exotic hardwood from Africa)? There seems to be different bits of advice in the instructions on the can (do not use on Ebony, Zirocote or Rosewood) and in the Q&A section here from successes with exotic hardwoods and someone indicating that Sam did not favor this for exotic hardwoods. Any experiences or thoughts from others would be appreciated.
David D on Sep 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The instructions on the can are good advise for not applying to those those particular woods, Bocote as well. It tends to be muted and cloudy. But on Sapele it always comes out beautiful. My only suggestion would be to watch for bleed back. Come back in 15 mins or so and check your work piece. Hope this helps and good luck on your project.
How can I use your stain and finish on maple?
Art M on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The mallof oil works great on maple over any type stain that has dried thoroughly / many coats over many days is my recommendation
Can I apply it over oil stain?
Jazar on Apr 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I apppy it over Danish oil stains often. Even two or three coats of stain. Just let the stain dry thoroughly before applying the Maloof. One v imp point about the Maloof. After applying with a rag. Make sure you wipe it all off. Use two rags. Otherwise it will be sticky. And you’ll Have to sand it again. No fun
I'm currently building a Koa Wood coffee table and would love to know Sam Maloff poly/oil be a good finish?? I'm a average woodworker and would love your advice on best way to finish.. Best, Sean
A shopper on Aug 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Great job on choosing a beautiful wood for your project! And yes, Sam Maloff is an excellent oil finish for almost any wood. We have been using it in our custom wood shop for over five years and have had great success with it.

We have found sanding to 400 or above and ragging it before finish helps with sheen and not needing any more then 4-5 thin coats for a nice semigloss sheen. Be sure to use only 100% cotton clean rags and buff out every coat and alow to dry overnight before applying another coat.
Best of luck.
Can I use this product over a water based poly?
Fred S on Jan 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can. But why do you want to? The reason to use this finish is to give the wood a warm beautiful appearance which can only be achieved on bare wood. Putting it over a water base defeats the purpose of using oil base finish. If you put oil over water make sure to wait at least 24 hours, maybe longer if it is cold or high humidity. Also this blend isnt a durable finish. I would use an Arm-r-seal over this if you want durability.
How much does 1 quart cover? I built two barn doors out of dark walnut. They are 102" x 40" each. I will need to finish both doors front and back and want to have enough material on hand so as not to run into delays while completing this project. Thanks in advance for your help.
James on May 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That's nearly impossible to answer, it depends on a number of factors. It depends on how much you apply on the first coat, what you use to apply it with, how long you let it sit before rubbing it off to almost dry and how many coats you plan to do. All these are factors in how much you will actually use. My suggestion is that that you buy twice as much as you think you'll need, then buy two extra quarts. If you don't open or break the seal, you may be able to return them to Rockler for a full refund.
What is best product to dust/clean wood after it is finished?
Gary S on Apr 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sam recommended Endust for cleaning his furniture. Honest.
Should this product be used for a walnut island top? Not planning on cutting on the top but will be placing glasses, etc. on it.
Doug N on Oct 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It should be OK. I used it for a table top (natural edge butterfly key table), but there is glass over the top. I did make a small table, and have set a few beer glasses on it with no problem. It does provide a beautiful finish.
The "Anna" is my daughter who is the recipient of the table, and I sent her a can of the poly/oil for touch up.
Bruce Van Zee
Can this finish be applied over danish oil?
A shopper on May 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The Sam Maloof poly oil finish is absorbed in the wood and the exceed is wiped off 5 minutes after thoroughly rubbing on the finish. If the Danish oil will allow it to absorb, I would say it is okay. I have used the Sam Maloof finish for 15 years and love it!
How long does it take to fully cure? Also how long until it's useable?
BandC S on Sep 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I rub in the Polyoil with a cloth and then buff it well with cloth before setting it aside for a minimum of 12 hrs. It really seals very well; dies at normal times for an oil; and makes a beautiful, rich finish in little time and fuss. Read instructions on can - they are accurate and carefully provided by Maloof for your success. You can feel confident to use this excellent finish for the best of your projects.
Is the Sam Maloof poly oil finish considered "Food Safe" to be used on Bowls and serving platters?
Pat H on May 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Whether it is food safe from a health point of view, I would not have an answer. I dont believe I would use it on wood used to make food utensils since I have doubts that it would protect the wood from water contact. It makes a beautiful finish for furniture. I have been making/restoring furniture for many years, it is my go-to finish for all my projects.
Can I apply this finish when it's raining?
pamlir on Apr 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you mean applying it while it is raining outside (high humidity) the answer is yes.
Can you use this on ceater an it look good ?
David F on Oct 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm assuming you mean cedar.I have not used it on cedar but I believe it would work as long as the cedar has been sanded to a smooth finish prior to application.Follow the label directions and you will be surprised how good it looks and feels.
After finishing a walnut box with Maloof's products and letting it dry completely, I covered it with bubblewrap for shipping. It remained in the wrap for several months and now the finish is tacky. Is there anything I can do short of sanding and starting over?
Larry Y on Oct 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I recently had a mover tell me not to wrap wooden furniture in plastic wrap. The plastic makes the furniture sweat and holds in moisture. My recommendation would be to wipe it down with mineral spirits. Then let it dry overnight and then apply another coat of the finish.
Would this be good for a guitar finish it has a stripe of purple hart down the center ?
Jeff R on Feb 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Jeff, just so your aware Purple Heart will eventually turn brownEnter an answer to this question.
Can you use Sam Maloof poly/oil finish on maple stairs?
Ely H on Jan 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It wouldn't be my first choice -- I'd prefer something more durable like Waterlox Marine or a wipe-on polyurethane. It's easier to repair, especially on stairs that will get a lot of wear. It would be fine for handrails or balustrades. Hope this helps -- Good luck.
Are Sam Maloof's oil and/varnish and oil/wax appropriate to use on teak cabinetry (kitchen and utility) and teak paneling and cabinetry (dining, living rooms)?
KevLane on Sep 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Use them all the time on prefinished surfaces they both work great where you run in to problems is if a another product was used on surface as protectant murphy oil soap then you have to use a wax wash but even the poly acts different then with sams products just wipe on polys not t b at easy
Anyone try to get stains out of your clothing?
A shopper on Jun 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: try bleach on white cloths and oxyclean on dark
Would this product be good for a bathroom cabinet, where damp and wet at times?
Craig W on Jul 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I find this finish optimal for Furniture. Bathrooms are better served by a polyurethane finish. Maloof is a thin slow build. Love this finish in friendlier environment. Low humidity. No h2o Just my opinion
I have an unfinished maghogany door. Planning to use a water based wood gain filler. Can I still use Sams poly/oil with water based filler?
Mary L on Jun 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes but make sure the water based application is very dry before applying the poly.
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