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Zinsser Bulls Eye® SealCoat

Guaranteed to be compatible with all finishes, Bulls Eye SealCoat won't raise the grain and dries in minutes.
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This is the only sanding sealer you will ever need! It gives depth and beauty to wood grain, and won't raise or swell the wood grain. 100% wax-free formula dries in minutes and sands easily. Zinsser Bullseye® SealCoat™ dries to the touch in 10 minutes and is ready to sand/recoat in 40 minutes! Plus it's compatible with all clear finishes. Easily cleans up with ammonia and water.

  • Fast drying pre-stain conditioner
  • Bond coat over stearated finishes
  • Gives depth and beauty to wood grain
  • Will not raise or swell wood grain
  • Will not turn yellow or darken with age
  • Can be applied in temps as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit
(1) Zinsser Bulls Eye® SealCoat™, Quart
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Brand Zinsser
Manufacturer Part Number ZI0854
Weight 2.1000
Tech Spec
  • Dust-free in 5 minutes
  • Dry to touch in 10 minutes
  • Ready to sand/recoat in 20-40 minutes
  • Compatible with all alkyd-modified polyurethane, water-base acrylic polyurethane, and catalyzed finishes.
Coverage 75-90 sq ft
Dry Time 20-40 min
Color Clear
Size Quart
Use Interior
4.9 / 5.0
82 Reviews
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Looks good
This is my first time use on Maple wood with first coat of Tung Oil
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October 20, 2019
3 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Never used shellac before
Great product. Recommended. Be aware that stains will tend to come out several shades lighter than advertised.
October 13, 2019
over 5 years ago
Product works great! Smells a bit like old Brandy, so ventilation is important. I chose it because it is a de-waxed shellac and can be used to seal any previous surface (except wax of course) prior to finishing. Works as a sanding sealer, will prevent bleed through of a previous finish and can even be used between layers to seal one finish from another.
October 10, 2019
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great clear finish
Worked great on the project I bought it for. There were runs but that is user error as I haven’t worked with shellac before.
September 20, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Always use Zinssers seal coat prior to every finish.
I have used this dewaxed shellac for several years on every piece of furniture and marquetry I have ever made. Always always always use it on the bare wood after sanding it works with every non alcohol based finish or stain it’s like magic.
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August 20, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great prep coat
Excellent sealer and prep coat which takes all types of top coat.
August 20, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Worked as expected.
Dried fast.
Sanded easily after drying.
Top coated with Helmsman solvent polyurethane.
August 12, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Quality alcohol based wood sealet
Easy to apply with quality china bristle brush -- work fast and don't overcstroke. Sands well. Used it to surface and edge seal baltic birch plywood.
August 3, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent as a sanding sealer or top coat. Love this stuff.
May 5, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great dewaxed shellac
Works great cut as a wash coat to prevent blotching and full coat over dye stain to prevent dye removal when covering with a water based finish.
April 26, 2019
6 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
For finishing hard wood projects
Mahmood A on Sep 25, 2019
100% dewax shellac. Hard to find dewax version.
Diane S on Jun 30, 2019
For finishing hard wood projects
Mahmood A on Sep 25, 2019
Because I learned the hard way that polycrylic will remove your glaze and/or make it look milky. I had no idea what I was doing wrong until I read about this product on this website. Thanks!!!!! i'm really hoping this solves my problem.
Kim S on Jul 17, 2019
100% dewax shellac. Hard to find dewax version.
Diane S on Jun 30, 2019
cannot buy locally
Gary C on Jun 19, 2019
can not buy it locally
Maureen M on Jun 13, 2019
need to seal pine prior to stain
Dmitri I on Apr 4, 2019
Recommended on a project in Fine Woodworking Issue 274 p. 42 -- the combination of the TransTint golden brown dye, the GF Antique Walnut Gel Stain and the Seal Coat looked like a good match to the color of old oak sewing machine cabinets. News at 11 after it all arrives.
Michael B on Feb 20, 2019
Cannot obtain locally except in large quantities. Since premixed shellac has shelf life problems, I didn't want to stock 2 years worth for my small shop.
Leon B on Feb 18, 2019
all local places will not sell just a single quart
Roger H on Feb 6, 2019
James R on Jan 27, 2019
only wax free shellac on the market
Glen on Nov 25, 2018
seal dyed wood
eugene r on Nov 11, 2018
Still working on a project.
Gary S on Nov 6, 2018
Recommended by Fine Woodworking magazine.
Curtis on Oct 25, 2018
Great product for sealing wood prior to using finishing products such as stains or polyurethane.
Ted T on Aug 8, 2018
Looking for a wax free shellac
Theresa C on Jul 11, 2018
To seal a cabinet top before applying top coat.
Jackie T on Jul 1, 2018
I cant find in box stores and it is good stuff
brian on Jun 19, 2018
Kirk recommended it at the Kennesaw Store
Clarence M on May 25, 2018
Tim B on May 16, 2018
dewaxed. was not having any luck finding it locally
James O on May 9, 2018
this is about the best price i could find on this item with the promo code thru email and 35 dollar order
Jeff N on Apr 3, 2018
Par a finishing article for oak furniture in Fine Woodworking.
Michael J. M on Mar 6, 2018
Easy to use. Drys fast.
MT on Feb 24, 2018
I have read good things about this product, also saw it used on you tube. Thought I would try it on this pine wood project.
Harry S on Jan 11, 2018
can't find locally
charles c on Dec 29, 2017
Best base coat for oil based varnish
W I on Dec 13, 2017
Prevents blotching and bleed through.
Armin L on Nov 11, 2017
Needed wax free shellac
Dana H on Nov 3, 2017
need fast drying any temp application of sanding sealer. good product!
Ron S on Nov 1, 2017
To seal waxed amber shellac for finish coat
John B on Oct 25, 2017
It works well with my finishing process.
Anthony D on Sep 28, 2017
its the best first or sometime second coat for wood.
Michael R on Aug 28, 2017
Plan to pre-condition some poplar before staining to minimize blotching.
Emmett D on Aug 18, 2017
necessary for a smooth Finnish when using lacquer
Robin G on Mar 8, 2017
I used Zinsser's Bulls Eye SealCoat to finish the solid strip oak flooring in my dining room. I really like the natural look of the wood and the finish seems to be holding up pretty well.
Laura K on Jan 22, 2017
It is hard to find dewaxed where I live, so I must order it.
James K on Dec 24, 2016
This unwaxed shellac makes wood amazingly beautiful unlike polyurethane.
Patrick B on Dec 9, 2016
Because it is easy to use, and makes an excellent sealer under almost any finish coat.
Gary N on Nov 15, 2016
The "no wax shellac" can be used as a primer beneath any topcoat. Very few vendors include this in their finishes.
Paul M on Oct 31, 2016
I was told this was a good product and it was.
Brenda L on Oct 24, 2016
it works well
Leslie P on Oct 22, 2016
seal in dye coat prior to stain finish
Kevin P on Oct 6, 2016
to help with sealing the finish and to help with popping the grain.
Mike S on Sep 6, 2016
It is the product I need, especially the wax free part.
Herb M on Jul 27, 2016
good sealer for wood bowls
Robert G on Jul 9, 2016
using as seal coat between water based dye and final top coat
Bruce D on Jun 21, 2016
Great product and it's the only de-waxed shellac I am comfortable in using.
John R on Jun 3, 2016
This is a product i use regularly.
Isak Z on May 16, 2016
only dewaxed shellac on market
Glen on Mar 31, 2016
Because I learned the hard way that polycrylic will remove your glaze and/or make it look milky. I had no idea what I was doing wrong until I read about this product on this website. Thanks!!!!! i'm really hoping this solves my problem.
Kim S on Jul 17, 2019
cannot buy locally
Gary C on Jun 19, 2019
I want to do some test pieces using a 1/2 pound and 1 pound cut of Sealcoat as a washcoat over the stain I'm using. Will mixing the Sealcoat 50-50 with alcohol give me a one pound cut? I'm not sure if I need do account for the volume of the shellac itself vs the alcohol carrier.
Tom T on Mar 2, 2017
Would I use a product such as this as a "primer" of sorts, BEFORE woodgrain filler - on shiny-poly oak kitchen cabinet makeover project? I will be painting the cabinets, and have researched tons, finding that most ppl say grain filler is a must to completely hide oak grain, that regular primer (even w/ multiple coats) won't fill the grain. I simply don't know what my steps should I need to rough up the finished shiny seal on the cabinets first? Or would I simply clean and cover w/ a product such as this, followed by a grain filler and paint primer, then paint? I've read a lot about sanding sealers but don't quite understand when and how they are best used. Thanks bunches!!
J. H on Apr 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The cabinets must be clean and free of grease, etc. The scuff. Sealcoat will work as a barrier coat before adding grain filler (bondo perhaps since you are painting). Sand smooth. Prime (Zinser BIN 123 is a good choice) then final paint color and a topcoat.
Can you paint over it?
DESTANY J on Nov 7, 2015
How would this product work when applied to wood sculpture outdoors?
A shopper on Aug 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Not very well as a protective top coat because it has no anti ultraviolet components, however, this product is great because it is pure shellac - and alcohol of course - without any wax. This allows you to use it to seal between dye/stain, prevent botching or whatever, and then top coat with varnish or poly without any adhesion problems.
I have a polycrylic sealant on my countertop, but if it gets wet it looks cloudy. Can I put this on top to waterproof and prevent that from happening?
Susan P on Nov 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is a sealer that will bond with most any other product like lacquer or the poly you have on there now, but is really designed to be used with a top or finish coat. This product is not going to give you any durability as a finish coat. Don't know why your current finish is clouding, but this product can be used as a bonding layer if you want to try something else for a top coat. to insure adhesion..
Can you apply plain old mineral oil over wood that has been dipped in sealcoat?
Ann C on Mar 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can - provided you let the seal coat cure completely. Now keep in my that this wax free shellac coat is a sealant, therefore it will prevent the mineral oil to penetrate the wood, in orther work don't expect much protection from the oil.
In my experience I apply several coats of diluted polyurethane on top of the shellac for woods that are prone to bloching or on top of unknown/import plywood.
Hope this helps
If coated with a food safe finish coat(s) (for example Hut Crystal Coat - 1 or 2 layers) will this maintain it's food safe classification? Safe for salad bowls?
Cally A on Dec 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Shellac is generally considered to be "food safe," and is, in fact, often used as a coating for pharmaceuticals. The alcohol base that's used to dissolve the shellac may be toxic, but once that evaporates, you're left with basically pure, non-toxic shellac. With that said, Hut's Crystal Coat is basically shellac plus a bunch of wax, which makes it a self-polishing finish when applied as directed. The wax content in Crystal Coat decreases the overall durability of the finish, and also reduces its resistance to water, so i would not generally recommend Crystal Coat for direct food contact because it simply won't hold up over the long haul. What you would really want is General Finishes' Salad Bowl Finish, which is a "food safe" polyurethane finish. A good poly can laugh off a dunking in boiling water, and maybe even an accidental trip through the dishwasher, which is more than any shellac could ever do.
is there a clear coat product that you can put over bull eye shellac?
A shopper on Apr 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can put anything you want over shellac as long as the shellac is the "dewaxed" version of shellac.
can you use this as a final finish ?
cynthia c on May 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: SealCoat is shellac diluted with alcohol to about a 2 pound cut and fully dewaxed. It is intended to underlay stain on woods susceptible blotching (or end grain) by inhibiting localized over-absorption of stain. I use it over an oil based gel stain to prevent bleeding of stain into the oil based topcoat. Dewaxing supposedly prevents the natural wax in shellac from interfering with the shellac to topcoat bond. Nevertheless, it is shellac and can be used as a final coat but since it is a lighter cut, it tends to dry faster and practice may be necessary to avoid streaking, overlaps, or holidays.
does the no wax shellac come in a spray?
Laura on Apr 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is my understanding that the spray shellac actually IS dewaxed, because the wax would otherwise tend to clog the spray tip. The spray might contain some traces of wax, but I have been using it for years, and never had any problem using the spray wherever I would use dewaxed shellac. Whatever trace amount of wax might be left in the spray has never been enough to cause any sort of finishing problem for me, including when topcoating with lacquer or waterborne polyurethane.
Will this seal in odors from old wood?
Diana M on Sep 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Zinsser Seal Coat is a wax free shellac. It is considered by many as a universal primer. Zinsser used wax free shellac as a major component in one of their primers (I think it is about 30% of the primer). I believe the shellac will seal in the odor but it might take 2 coats to guarantee the odor is truly sealed in.
I'm sealing old barn wood that still has some paint on it. Will this product work? It will be outside.
Martin F on Mar 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Shellac will stick to just about anything, which is why it's so often used as a base for sealers and primers. Shellac won't hold up outdoors, though; your best bet to keep the weathered barn wood looking like weathered barn wood is probably to do nothing to it, after all, is has already been "finished" for you by mother nature! Any protective coating I know of that's good outdoors and could hold that paint on will inevitably build up a coating on top of the wood, which means it will also build some kind of a shine, and I can't say that I've seen very many shiny old barns lately.
Can I use the seal coat, gel stain then polyurethane over to seal?
John A on Feb 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Would also seal coat over the stain prior to any topcoat. It's one more step but will make sure you don't have any compatibility issues with your topcoat
Can this be used exterior with oil based stain?
John N on Jan 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Shellac is generally not considered a durable exterior finish
Does this sealant have to be sanded or can it be used as a final deal finis?
Claire K on Nov 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes and Yes. It should be sanded after the first coat on raw wood with a fine sandpaper. 180 or finer. Between coats it should be sanded with a very fine paper., 320 or finer. It can be the top coat but it is easily damaged by water and alcohol. After the first seal coat that raises the grain you will probably need at lease two coats to get a smooth finish. It you are only using it as a sealer you just need one coat before you coat with your top coats.
Would work to seal mdf edges? Thanks
Meme16 on Feb 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I've never tried that, so I'm not really sure. I have used polyurethane on MDF, including edges, and have found that to be very effective - poly on face sides yields a nice surface, reasonably smooth and slick, which is useful for things like many shop fixtures.
I have a laytex base clear coat on oak. Will this sealer allow me to cover it with an oil based clear coat whithout any adverse effect on the latex coating?
Steve A on Oct 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Call Zinzer and ask them. My thought is that you are using three different products and making a sandwich. The expansion and contraction rates will be different. That could pose a problem.
I am new to this whole area of "food safe" when it comes to wood. Is this product better than General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish? I am about to get in to bowl making. I would like to know what is the best way to stain, seal, prep, or what ever I need to do to keep anyone safe after I am done. Once I start, gift requests will no doubt come it. Thank you for any and all information and advice.
Dave F Rodman J on Aug 17, 2016
Zinsser Bulls Eye® SealCoat
Zinsser Bulls Eye® SealCoat
General Finishes Wood Bowl Finish
General Finishes Wood Bowl Finish
BEST ANSWER: SealCoat is shellac. Although considered food-safe, shellac does not hold up to moisture. It is the wrong finish to use in wooden bowls meant to hold anything that is liquid.
Can you use this on laminated floor?
Carol C on Aug 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This product is just what the label says. It is a very thin shellac not intended to provide much protection. It will wear away quickly on a floor and provide no enduring protection. Polyurethane is your best best for floor protection.
Could I use this on laminate flooring?
Wendy B on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I only use it as a grain sealer on my wood turnings and furniture that I make from logs. Ask the flooring co what has been done to the laminate they can tell you if the sealer will be a benefit. good luck
Is it safe to use in a freshwater aquarium, with fish?
A shopper on Aug 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm not an aquarium or fish expert, but my best recommendation would be no. It is natural shellac in an ethanol alcohol solution. The product warning label says things like avoid skin contact and contact poison control for internal ingestion.It certainly is not any sort of waterproofing product.
Do they make an Amber version of dewaxed?
Matt F on Jan 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not that I'm aware of for the sanding sealer, but there is an amber shellac available.
Can I use this in a air assist airless system?
rooster on Apr 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: brush is better and better penetration
Is this product food safe for wood countertops?
Russ B on Mar 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is my understanding that all finishing products now sold in the U.S. are food safe when fully cured.
Shellac is not the ideal finish for a surface that might be exposed to alcohol, but is a good sealer under a more durable finish (lacquer or varnish).
Is there a minimum ambient temperature for using this product? My background is with auto products and I can't find any info on this- thanks!
bob p on Feb 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, I have no idea about minimum ambient temperature for this product. I have never applied at less than room temp.
What can I use to seal pine floor that already has linseed oil on it ?
Rebecca F on Mar 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I use it to seal pine doors with. You then apply as many coats of shellac as you want. However I do not know about oil. The front of the can says you can. Best if you contact Zinsser.
I have a walnut table with boiled linseed oil on it. CAn this be applied as a sealer and what finish will I get?
David P on Nov 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've used this product now on about 6 projects all using oil based stains have never had a bonding problem yet ,but yes like you I had a bunch questions but did some sample stuff and it looked great redid all the kitchen cabinets they take the abuse but your table will also .I can tell you one thing this stuff is tuff almost bullet .I did apply it with a cap spray about 7 light coats lots of work but well worth the effort .
I want to paint a a chipboard subfloor. This product is less expensive than ZinsserTriple Thick primer. Would this be a good primer/ sealer/ filler for use before application of water based floor paint?
Fulene on Oct 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is a sealer that goes under a clear polyurethane. It's not really a primer. You probably can paint over it, but regular primer/sealer will work much better.
Is it equivalent to 3 lb shellac?
Craig W on Aug 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I believe the Seal Coat is 2# mix. It is made thinner to allow it to soak in without leaving a thick surface coat.
Can this be used to seal stains on interior walls?
Heather J on Aug 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes no problem. Knots on wood as well before painting