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Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish, Quart

Showcases the natural beauty of wood while providing premium protection.
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A unique blend of tung oil and resin, Waterlox Sealer and Finish showcases the natural beauty of wood, providing lasting, durable protection without the plastic look of polyurethane. Waterlox Sealer/Finish has a medium sheen, bringing out the beauty in floors, cabinets, countertops, furniture pieces and woodworking projects, while providing premium protection.

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 Sealer/Finish
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Brand Waterlox
Manufacturer Part Number TB 5284 25FT
Weight 2.1500
Tech Spec
  • Produces a medium sheen appearance (75° gloss level when finished; fades to a 50-55° gloss level in 3-6 months).
  • 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, phenolic resin, linseed oil.
  • The "original" product, manfactured since 1910.
  • 90% of the resin portion of the formula is from renewable, natural resources.
  • Very versatile-can be used for all coats of finish.
  • 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 multiple coats on it's own, or in conjunction with Waterlox Original Satin Finish or Waterlox Original High Gloss Finish.
  • 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
Size Quart
4.8 / 5.0
104 Reviews
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Butcher Block Counter Top
Three coats on my maple counter top. Came out beautiful. Thanks!!
Very easy to use product straight from the can. I used three coats for my butcher block.
Very easy to use product straight from the can. I used three coats for my butcher block.
May 24, 2020
2 months ago
Beautiful finish
Several coats makes a beautiful finish. Warm tone of product really enhanced a cherry countertop. Much more subtle and pleasing than polyurethane. Now I will see how it performs over time.
May 23, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Easiest and best finish product for natural look of wood.
Easiest and best finish I have ever used. It made the natural beauty of the red elm natural edge mantel piece come out without adding any tinting or coloring. The satin finish looks awesome. I couldn't be happier.
April 15, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
It worked perfectly. No sanding required between coats and it has a very smooth finish.
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April 12, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beautiful without the need for stain.
Our butcher block countertops are just beautiful- the color was just perfect without the need for stain.
March 4, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Cadillac of finishes
Absolutely my go to finish. Apply each coat generously, then wipe off thoroughly as though you made a mistake. Beautiful on every wood.
February 25, 2020
5 months ago
Love it!
Used this to coat my island counter top. Love the product, left a good shine and was super easy to use
February 18, 2020
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great stuff... walnut butcher block counter tops are amazing... be patient in application... four coats needed... but the Waite is worth it...
February 17, 2020
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Impressive results.
Best if used with the satin finish. Re coat after 24hrs.
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February 15, 2020
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very Good finish
December 13, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
absolutely great finish
Dmac on Jul 2, 2020
Used on table, book cases & floors. Highly recommend.
Richard S on Jun 6, 2020
absolutely great finish
Dmac on Jul 2, 2020
Will use on wood duck calls I make.
Catherine E on Jul 1, 2020
Used on table, book cases & floors. Highly recommend.
Richard S on Jun 6, 2020
Waterlox has proved to be an awesome wood finish option. I am 76 years old and have used many different finishes, primarily on walnut. Waterlox is easy to apply, provides lasting protection against moisture, and is an easy touch-up wen needed.
John E on May 30, 2020
Contractor recommended.
Jennifer P on May 18, 2020
I have used it before
Julie D on May 18, 2020
used this before. Great finish.
Francis C on May 10, 2020
Lucas C on May 9, 2020
reviews show it to be a great product
Randy M on May 5, 2020
Recommended by the guys from Fine Woodworking, ShopTalk Live podcasts.
Mark C on May 1, 2020
By far the best table finish
Sam H on Apr 28, 2020
I bought a craftsman exterior door and I wanted the best finish possible.
bill g on Apr 20, 2020
Mostly because of the reviews
Gwen W on Apr 17, 2020
Used before - Great product
Tim O on Apr 13, 2020
I did a lot of research about what was best for a maple kitchen counter top and Waterlox came up every time. I'm a polyurethane guy but I did not want the plastic seal for the new counter top. Looking forward to using and seeing the end results. Thanks!!
Christopher b on Apr 12, 2020
I have used it before and really liked the results.
david b on Apr 3, 2020
prior use
Douglas M on Mar 31, 2020
Been using it for years. Best sealer/finish ever!
Jim C on Jan 5, 2020
Recommendation of brother-in-law who is a construciton contractor
Amber T on Aug 5, 2019
Excellent protective finish with oil like look
Lary S on Jul 31, 2019
Trying out
Mark M on Jun 24, 2019
Having Bamboo counter tops, Waterlox is by far the best product in the market place, I feel, for protecting the Bamboo was well as being a safe surface for food <br />handling.
Chris F on May 5, 2019
Recommended by friend.
Elwood S on Mar 19, 2019
mahogany coffee table needs another application
J E on Mar 17, 2019
I have used this product on all of my wood projects.
Chad M on Mar 16, 2019
Quality finish that should hold up to real world environment.
Roy on Jan 19, 2019
Good reviews
Dave L on Dec 18, 2018
they say it's the best
William N on Aug 20, 2018
beautiful finish, easy to apply
richard c on Mar 16, 2018
New product for me and is highly recommended by people I know.
Heber R on Mar 8, 2018
a different finish than what I have been using-also good reviews
richard c on Mar 2, 2018
used it before from my wood class at Woodcraft in Manchester Ct.
David S on Feb 15, 2018
I bought it a few years ago from you and liked it
Casey P on Dec 29, 2017
Read great reviews online about it!
Leona E on Oct 31, 2017
Very hard finish , that last many years.
MAURY D on Oct 29, 2017
Among the many finishes I have tried for my bowls, Waterlox is by far the easiest to apply and provides the best looking finish so far
Robert H on Aug 9, 2017
I used it on other projects and love the results.
Paul M on Jul 5, 2017
heard good things!
Matthew H on Jun 28, 2017
I am going to use this to seal a wood counter top.
Clint W on Jun 26, 2017
I heard it was the best for butcherblock.
Tammy R on Apr 30, 2017
this product was recommended to me as a great food grade sealer for butcher block cutting boards
Julie G on Apr 29, 2017
I used this product on a heart pine countertop I made and it came out beautiful, and was easy to use
Fred H on Apr 26, 2017
For finishing
Robert B on Apr 5, 2017
Best stuff for kitchen surfaces made of wood
Chad P on Mar 23, 2017
Excellent quality and works best on butcher blocks
Timothy M on Mar 20, 2017
Tung oil my first choice
David S on Mar 17, 2017
need to finish wood countertop and reviews were extremely positive
Bob A on Mar 5, 2017
This stuff is great and would highly recommend this product. It puts a great finish on every type of wood I have used.
Paul S on Feb 26, 2017
This is a great product and not easy to find so well wort picking it up here if you are thinking about it. Its as easy to apply as any wipe on oil finish and has excellent performance. Something you will need to keep in mind is that this is more old school a finish so expect plenty of aroma until it cures. The solvent smell goes away in a day or two but the high resin tung oil used in it will leave it with a faint money like smell for at least a couple weeks. Sill well worth it.
Bryan M on Feb 26, 2017
Great Product and Rockler matched a competitor's lower price--great deal.
Larry P on Feb 15, 2017
Will use on wood duck calls I make.
Catherine E on Jul 1, 2020
Waterlox has proved to be an awesome wood finish option. I am 76 years old and have used many different finishes, primarily on walnut. Waterlox is easy to apply, provides lasting protection against moisture, and is an easy touch-up wen needed.
John E on May 30, 2020
What kind of ventilation do you need to apply waterloc and also do you need a mask.
Gary C on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is VERY odoriferous. I used it on a project in my garage with the door open durning the day, but at night shut. In the mornings it was still very pungent.
Is it food safe once applied and cured? Can I use it on spoons and other utensils I make?
A shopper on May 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Waterlox, stands for "locks out water.” Therefore, Waterlox Original
Tung oil finishes are the perfect solution for any and all wood finishing project(s). When you add to that your
plans to finish a floor or a known water-related area like a bathroom, kitchen, counter top or table top, we
think Waterlox should be the only finishing choice since no other clear finishes, surface finishes or raw oils
available on the market today have superior protection and water resistance properties. Waterlox
Original Tung oil finishes are tough enough to stand up to foot traffic and household spills, are water
resistant and non-toxic
and food-safe when dry. Waterlox Original Tung oil finishes have good heat
resistance, can be used around stoves and are unaffected by boiling water and liquids
Can I apply this over stain?
Scott W on Mar 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can but once you apply the sealer you will no longer be able to make any changes. Waterlox is the very last step.
I am using this product on a walnut dining room table. I have just finished, and it turned out fantastic. They can says this also seals it. Do I need to put anything else after my final coat to seal it even more, or is this product enough?
Shnewmyer on Oct 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have used this product on oak hand rails and oak stair treads. I applied 4 coats on the hand rail and 5 coats on the stairs, with no additional sealer. Looks great. If on a table that is used often, it would not hurt to apply coat of floor wax from time to time to add shine, smoothness and to prevent stains.
I am wanting to use this to finish a walnut bar top and I don't want any yellowing of the sapwood. Will this go on clear and not give an amber colored finish?
Darcie R on May 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, this product will not go on clear, but because it is tung oil based, it will not yellow or darken wood as much as linseed oil based product. It is especially not noticable on darker wood, such as walnut. It is, in my opinion, the truly best finish for wood projects, as it is easy to apply, buff to any sheen desired, AND repairable, if it ever needs refinished or tojched up. I build furniture, and it is the only topcoat that I use to finish my projects.
How many square feet does this cover?
A shopper on Apr 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: One quart covers 125 square feet
Lucien C on Jan 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've heard of/used either of these methods:
1. Dump clean marbles into the can to bring the level back up to the top, displacing all the air. Clean & re-use when the can is empty.
2. Crush the can with a handscrew, until the level of the remaining material is at the top, then cap it off. This is the method I used most recently. Works fine for me.
Can the product be used for outdoor furniture?
Sheldon E on Jun 5, 2017
Not this product it is for indoor finish only
However Waterlox Original Marine sealer is for outdoor wood finishing.
I have never used the marine sealer so I can't comment on the results it achieves However I use the indoor finish almost exclusively and absolutely love it
I hope this helps

I am using this product for finishing a walnut dining room table, and Its turning out great! My question is once its done, what do I use to clean it? It's going to be a every day use dining room table.
shnewmyer on Sep 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I use a mixture of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Never a product with bleach or 409. I have also, on occasion, put a light coat of Johnson's floor wax in areas of most wear or water spatters.
I would like to buy a gal size?
Linda B on Nov 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We only have quart sizes.
Can you apply this over a polyurethane finish that has been sanded down, or do you need to remove all of the polyurethane?
Donna B on Nov 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The poly should be removed. Waterlox is best used on unfinished wood.
Has anyone tried the low odor version? Or has compared it? Just like oil vs latex based paints, I will tolerate the fumes if it will mean better durability. Also, should I wait until the weather warms here in MN to apply to my new countertops, or are the fumes tolerable with a strong kitchen vent hood?
Nia G on Mar 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have and it worked like a charm. I put about 6 coats on a natural edge coffee table. Use a sponge brush (from Home Depot), the wider the better. It take a good 8-12 to cure - be patient. Since my piece was a table, most of the surface area was flat and horizontal. It set up wonderfully but I can't talk to vertical surfaces (for dripping). I'd wait till its warmer just to help the cure time. You didn't ask but I'm not sure it is tough enough for kitchen countertops.
Which exact product do I need for a wood kitchen table food safe and will seal it?
Mickey S on May 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately there is not a single answer to your question. There are many products that will work well for a kitchen table and be food safe once they are dry. Waterlox is certainly one of the good choices. I find working at Rockler, many people have a choice for their final "Topcoats" based on their experience with the product.

It is best to go into your local Rockler store and talk to a sales associate about your specific project, your finishing experience, and whether you want to apply with a cloth, brush, or sprayer.

Here are some recommended choices in addition to the Waterlox, for you to discuss with the associate or do additional research on.

1. General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Top Coat or High Performance Topcoat
2. Mohawk Rockhard Table Top Urethane Varnish
3. Old Masters Urethane
4. Mohawk Finisher's Choice Clear Lacquer,
What is the best way to apply?
Kelly O on May 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: As indicated by others, wiping, brush or spray. Spraying usually gives the best final finish if you have a sprayer.
Is there upkeep on this? As an oil, if used on a bathroom butcher block top, will we need to reapply the oil ever?
raquel p on Jul 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If multiple quarts are properly applied it should be good for a while. Sometimes you need a refresher after some use. The refresher is easy to do. Waterlox has a care and maintenance page on their website. Good luck and let me know if you have other questions.

Stephen Scharbrough
TheIRON/slab Custom Furniture
I have made a countertop out of older wood strips so there are some small gaps between strips and some old nail holes. In the descriptions of waterlox sealer it says it has a resin in it. Will this fill up those small cracks and holes and harden for a workable surface?
Mary W on Jun 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: All finishes have resins. I don't think this is an ideal use for this product. You would have to apply a lot for it to even have a chance to work. Either fix or perhaps use something like a poly which of course will make it look like the wood is, in some sense, sitting under plastic.
Is this actually waterproof? Or water resistant?
A shopper on Jun 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We just passed a year on our Waterlox treated butcher block countertops. They show some wear and fine surface scratches and scrapes. But overall, they're easy to clean, and to answer your question, we've left spills for hours (and overnight!) and they wipe right off. We clean them with 409, which has taken down the shine a bit. They're still beautiful and we get quite a few compliments.
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.
do you have to apply a sealer coat or can you go directly to the satin quart can?
andy p on Apr 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can go directly to the Satin. The Original Sealer/Finish is a thinned version of the Original Satin, and of course, without the flattening agent. Some people prefer to use the Sealer/Finish or the Original Gloss and then use the Satin for the last coat or 2, but it's not necessary.
What if you have put oil on your butcher block and you want to change to this product?
Christopher S on Jun 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Waterlox Original Tung oil finishes can be applied over mineral or vegetable oil after the countertop has aged for a minimum of 30 days in adequate ventilation. Waterlox will provide superior protection against use and common household spills and will be water resistant. I would remove as much of the oil as possible with mineral spirits before applying the Waterlox.
How long will my countertops smell like the sealer finish?l
Darin B on Apr 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Takes about a week for the finish to dry, then again depending on how many coats that were done could take longer waterlox is thin and takes multiple coats to get a good surface finish currently work on a door that is dry and i'm already on my 5th coat.
Can I use on maple wood kitchen countertop that has streaks of previous finish left that will not sand off? I cannot sand anymore away, have tried and tried.
Jeanne V on Aug 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I assume the old finish is an oil based finish of some sort. If it is you can apply waterlox. It will require more coats to get the new finish to blend with the streaks.
Can you use it on exterior cedar?
Annette on Jul 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend this product for exterior use.
Can this be applied over a hardened tung oil finish on pine surface?
Monica B on Jul 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It can and you should obtain good results. Waterlox is, in fact, a hardening tung oil with added resins. Keep in mind that your esisting tung oil finish has penetrated the fibers of the pine. Because of pine's porous and soft fibers it is likely the original finish wil prevent much additional penetration. Go for it!
Can this be used over painted wood?
Cyndi H on May 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Waterlox is used on unfinished wood as a protector and
resists water
1 to 2 coats will give protection and enhance the appearance of the wood
3 to 4 coats will give a soft sheen
Best Waterlox product to put on covered porch stairs IAP wood?
Mary Q on Apr 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This product works great on furniture. However, if you will have traffic on the stairs (directly on the wood) I would recommend going with the Waterloos Marine Sealer. I'm not sure what you are referring to IAP wood - but if this is a veneered plywood, the marine sealer should definitely be used.
Can I use this product on wood furniture that already has a sealed finish ?
Kate S on Oct 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Since Waterlox is meant to penetrate into the wood, its not the best one to use over an existing sealed finish
can you use this on outside deck of garapa brazilian hardwood? Deck is 250 sq ft so 1 gallon is enough?
Hat E on Sep 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've never used Waterlox for any exterior application, but I suspect that since it doesn't have any UV blockers, it wouldn't hold up well. You might try contacting Waterlox directly to see what they recommend.
How do you remove waterlox?
Jazzybalm on Jul 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Why in the world would you want to remove Waterlox Sealer/finish from your project. It doesn't get much better than Waterlox.
Can you use waterlox on laminate flooring?
Brenda H on Jul 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Most laminate flooring already has a clear protective coating on it. Waterlox will not penetrate through that. However if you were using wood for any project waterlox is great for sealing it. We recently used wood on countertops and it was awesome for that project. Water does not absorb into the wood at all or any liquid for that matter. It definitely locks out everything.
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