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Waterlox Original Satin Finish, Quart

A unique blend of tung oil and resin that showcases the natural beauty of wood, providing lasting, durable protection without a plastic appearance.
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Offers all the durability and natural beauty of the original Waterlox finish in a softer satin sheen. A unique blend of tung oil and resin, Waterlox Satin Finish showcases the natural beauty of wood, providing lasting, durable protection without the plastic look of polyurethane. It is the lowest gloss Waterlox finish available, perfect for floors, cabinets, countertops, furniture pieces and woodworking projects.

Regardless of the sheen desired for your project, we strongly recommend that you begin your project with our Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish #44609. This product allows you to seal the wood and acts as a base coat.

(1) Quart of Waterlox Satin Finish
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Brand Waterlox
Manufacturer Part Number TB 6044 25
Weight 2.0000
Tech Spec
  • Produces a satin sheen appearance (20°-25° gloss level).
  • Our lowest gloss level offered.
  • Dry time: 24 hours between coats.
  • Apply 3 coats to hardwoods, 4 coats to softwoods.
  • One quart covers 125 square feet.
  • Top 5 ingredients by weight: mineral spirits, tung oil, ester gum, olefin resin, phenolic resin.
  • Like all of our Tung oil finishes, 90% of the resin portion of the formula is from renewable, natural resources.
  • Formulated to be used "out of the can."
  • Formulated as a traditional interior penetrating tung oil finish.
  • Forms a protective yet elastic finish against common household spills, moisture and foot traffic.
  • Penetrates and waterproofs when used as a finishing system in conjunction with Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish.
  • Waterlox Original Satin Finishes are more difficult to repair and/or spot apply versus the Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish. Both, however, are easier to repair than other surface finishes.
  • Dispose of all rags properly; rags may spontaneously combust.
  • Ground shipping only. Does not ship to California.
Coverage 125 sq ft
Dry Time 24 hrs
Finish Satin
Color Natural
Size Quart
Use Interior
4.8 / 5.0
15 Reviews
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Pleased With the Finish
I am pleased with the way that the Waterlox makes the grain pop. Attached is a photograph of a jewelry box that I built from cherry and maple. I used 3 coats of Waterlox plus a coat of wax.
Waterlox will likely be my go-to finish for some time.
Jewelry box
Jewelry box
June 27, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Best waterproof finish
This was the first time I used Waterlox. It was recommended to me by my customer who had done considerable research. I was greatly impressed by the results. See photo of island countertop with sink.
May 16, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
This was easy to work with and apply. Finish is perfect
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January 25, 2020
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Waterlox sealer
Great product for sealing interior bricks. If you want to have the brick shine, use at least 7 coats of it. One caveat is that you need to have the room well ventilated. Quite toxic fumes.
December 1, 2019
7 months ago
Hands down the best
I refinished a butcher block peninsula that had been stained and sealed with polyurethane - the horror. The original finish was two years old and was spotty and dinged up. I heard about Waterlox through a blog - Chris Loves Julia - and could not be happier with the way the new finish looks and functions. Completely worth the extra cost and trip to a specialty store. Once I had the countertops sanded down, it just took two coats of Waterlox to seal them. I also used a flat paint pad for application. Wouldn't recommend any other combination!
October 18, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very good product
Really like the ease of use and sheen on finished product. First time use for me. Will definitely use it more on the future.
March 27, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
I really like the finish this product provides.
May 18, 2018
over 2 years ago
A great an beautiful finish.
This finish is great. I brushed it on with a disposable foam brush and it essentially self levels. No brush marks show. It does Amber the wood A LOT but it is very rich and beautiful. From what I have read and have seen, it is very durable as well.
The new countertop finished and installed.
New kitchen counter top made of ambrosia maple with with the first coat of waterlox satin finish.
The new countertop finished and installed.
New kitchen counter top made of ambrosia maple with with the first coat of waterlox satin finish.
September 29, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
New to Waterlox and I love t.
Easy to put on. Two coats on 90 year old maple and it's absolutely gorgeous. Will definitely continue to use this product.
Waterlox on reclaimed 1920's boxcar maple floor planks
Waterlox on reclaimed 1920's boxcar maple floor planks
September 6, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Awesome product for walnut butcher block countertops
I used two coats of Waterlox sealer and two coats of Waterlox satin on some butcher block countertops i installed in a customer's basement bar area. The customer and I are very happy with the results. I sanded to a 180 grit finish, then lightly sanded between coats with 320 grit to help ensure a smooth finish. The product applied easily and laid down fairly well. I will use this product again.
Two coats of Waterlox sealer and two coats of Waterlox satin on walnut butcher block countertops.
The customer was very happy with the results.
June 16, 2017
over 3 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Wonderful product.
Margaret M on Jun 8, 2020
Used in the past
Barclay S on May 12, 2018
Wonderful product.
Margaret M on Jun 8, 2020
heard it was a great product for durability
Gael C on Apr 16, 2020
Used in the past
Barclay S on May 12, 2018
Used it before and it is a great product. Goes on easily and protects really well.
Dennis M on Apr 13, 2018
Beautiful consistency and sheen. Have had success with this product for the final finish on hardwood floors and furniture.
Mark H on Mar 21, 2018
It's satin, not gloss...
Robert V on Dec 2, 2017
Wanted to try this compared to minwax
Joshua W on Jul 24, 2017
One of the best single step finishes I've seen. Really nice.
Matt F on Jun 26, 2017
Finishing a butcher block island top and from various reviews, this seemed the best alternative to poly (water stains) or oils (maintenance). And safe for food prep. Will not be used as a cutting block.
John B on May 21, 2017
A friend used it on their butcher block counters and it looked amazing! I just happened to be looking into different sealers for the same purpose and decided this is the way to go! finding it has been a challenge tho.
Karie H on Apr 3, 2017
For dining room table and chairs.
James H on Feb 3, 2017
only finish I ever use. Tried other things and never satisfied. Best finish ever!
David S on Nov 17, 2016
Quality finish for butcher block
Daniel K on Sep 19, 2016
This finish provided the slight amber hue I was looking for and drys fairly quickly. I tried rubbing on with a cloth which did not work as well as hoped This is the finish I now reach for in my shop
The_Maine_Guy on Aug 7, 2016
Touch up (scratches) on floor with this finish
Katie B on Oct 12, 2015
I saw where brooks custom used this type of product on there countertops and figured if they like the product and are willing to use it on there high end top then maybe i should try it myself.
Doug D on Aug 30, 2015
finish for oak table
Thomas W on Jun 18, 2015
could not find locally
Robert H on May 20, 2015
Refinished a coffee table top by painting a watery acrylic wash over the surface, giving it more of a stained effect w/woodgrain still showing through. Did much online research re: what products would be safe to use over acrylic and Waterlox won, hands down. Prefer a flat finish so purchased the satin. Plan to use it on some of my finished canvases, too.
cheryl on May 18, 2015
This is the best food safe wood sealant, hands down. Nothing compares. It is worth every penny!!
David S on May 17, 2015
need product to complete touchup of a new staircase.
John M on Apr 29, 2015
heard it was a great product for durability
Gael C on Apr 16, 2020
Used it before and it is a great product. Goes on easily and protects really well.
Dennis M on Apr 13, 2018
Can this be used on an exterior finish? How is the UV protection? If not, what is the best satin finish for an outdoor bench>?
James M on Jul 19, 2017
whats the difference between the Original Sealer
/Finish and the Satin Finish?
Darrell H on May 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: THe original finish is more of a high gloss sheen whereas the satin has dullers in it to produce a satin sheen. I have heard not so great reviews on the satin so i chose to rub down the regular finish using finer and finer grit paper. You need to make sure you have many coats (I did 8) if u choose to rub down. Also even with satin you are supposed to use the original for the first few coats. Save money, buy the original and buff to satin.
Is this food safe for butcher block counter top?
Lu N on Jul 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would not use this product for a butcher block as it is an oil and varnish mixture. I would recommend using butcher block oil, walnut oil or the like.
How can I use this product in a similar manner to get similar results as described here? I previously stained and finished my first floor (Eastern White Pine installed with steel cut nails) in 1987. I used Minwax stain and some poly that I don't remember and likely couldn't find again. The initial protective sealing coat was 1:1 tung oil:oil-based poly (low sheen); we might have also added mineral spirits to help with penetration, I honestly don't remember. The second (final) coat was only the full strength oil-based poly. It still looks great and is very water and ammonia/cleaner tolerant. I now need to finish my attic (3rd floor) library, craft space, and kitchenette. I've developed a custom stain (Minwax) and am hoping to find a penetrating finish like I used before. (I hate finishes that look like a clear but opaque-y laminating paper is atop the wood grain.) I would very much welcome and greatly appreciate any suggestions or feedback.
woodlandone on Jan 15, 2020
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BEST ANSWER: I do not suggest buying this product. I purchased 2 quarts. Both had some type of sandy particles suspended in it. Their staff could not find the time to go open a container on their shelf and tell me if this was normal or not. They huffed and puffed when I asked if they could. Furthermore, they do not know their products. We need to send ours back for a credit now. We did get satisfaction from Mohawk directly to our questions though. Something was wrong with that batch or lot number. So, I'd contact mohawk and ask them directly and be sure that problem is corrected if you decide to purchase so you dont waste weeks like I had to.
How long does it take to cure ?
George on Jul 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I installed my countertop barely 24 hrs after my final coat. I love this stuff, I'm in the middle of using it on a second countertop.
My wall is 125 sq ft does the 1 quart cover 1 coat only over 125 sq ft. Should I buy 2 quarts in order to apply 2 coats? Also do you need the sealer over top of the original satin finish? This is for a walnut shiplap wall. should we apply 2 coats of sealer if needed?
Lisa D on Mar 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The amount of coverage depends the surface preparation and wood, walnut varies in porosity and texture as do most species depending on the cut.

The amount of coverage will vary and also depend on whether or not you want a finish that is washable or simply sealed. I would not trust that 1 quart will cover the area your describing, in addition you will most likely want a minimum of 2 coats, light sanding in between. I would plan on 3 costs, the first primarily being a seal coat, light sanding, the second to fill and create an even finish, light sanding again 400 grit. The third and final coat will finish. There is no sealer ever required with this product.

Start by purchasing 2 quarts, be sure and give it adequate time to try and plan your ventilation of the area with care.

Robert N.
Can this product be sprayed on or is it a rub on?
Danny S on Aug 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We have sprayed this oil on several times mainly on countertops. Best suggestion to you is sand between coats and wipe on your last coat.
Why am I getting light circles in my finish?
Tom P on Mar 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: What size circles? I've never seen these with Waterlox. But it is quite sensitive to the condition and porosity of the wood, at least for the first 1 ~ 2 coats, so you can get coated/uncoated patterns. These go away after the 3rd coat. Is it possible that the pattern you are seeing is due to something in the underlying wood (e.g. do you see it with other pieces of wood or other finishes?)
I want the highest gloss available. What should I use?
Linda S on Jan 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Use this, but you need to apply multiple coats (8 or more).
Waterloo ok to apply to logs to prevent checking ?
A shopper on May 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'd use a latex paint. It will breathe a little and let the logs dry out slowly which is what you want.
Can this be applied over the Sam Maloof oil/poly finish (oil/poly only...not the oil/wax part 2)?
MIke N on Sep 1, 2016
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