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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
4.8 / 5.0
95 Reviews
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Works great
Used the dewaxed shellac for a french polish finish. Beautiful results.
June 12, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
I like shellac as a finish on small items that won't be abused. It is easy to work with and supplies a seal coat and/or a finish.
June 10, 2020
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Indispensible universal finishing product.
June 3, 2020
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great seal coat for wood that will blotch like cherry.
Great product with no wax that makes the finish more durable.
April 25, 2020
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Sealcoat Sealer
Refinishing a guitar with a factory finish that wanted to wrinkle in a few spots when resprayed, just enough to ruin finish.
I put seal coat on it and sprayed with nitrocellulose lacquer after lightly sanding the sealer, and turned out excellent!! Great product!
April 4, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Use it for the base coat on everything
Started using this about 15 years ago and find if I want a very smooth finish for my Polyurethane or varnish finises. I fills the wood so there is no longer any grain raised on the wood after the final finis is applied. I simply apply enough SealCoat to assure the wood is completely covered, let it dry, about an hour is normally enough. I usu a very fine steel wool or sandpaper, clean the dust with a tack rag and the item is ready for the next finish material. The amount of sanding between coats of the finish you require is greatly reduced for a lass like finish since there is no longer any raised grain of the wood fibers.
April 3, 2020
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good stuff. Underrated and hard to find at most hardware stores.
March 22, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Always in my shop
This is a blonde de-waxed shellac in about a 2# cut. I use it as a sanding sealer, primer, and, sometimes, the entire film finish. I spray it, brush it, or pad it. I always keep some of this in my shop and I am always finding uses for it.
February 22, 2020
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent product
I've been using this product for many years. I apply after final sanding and before applying stain, dye or topcoat on nearly all of my high-end furniture pieces. I usually cut it by 30-50%, and occasionally do two coats if necessary. Sand lightly after application. It evens the absorption of whatever is applied as the next coat and can make a tremendous difference in final appearance. You can experiment a bit with dilution and number of coats on a scrap piece to get the desired end result. I have never had a problem using it on highly-figured or exotic woods, but suggest that you test first. New users should beware that it dries extremely quickly - work FAST and do not overstroke. In my experience, it's OK to be a little 'sloppy' with the application - the results will be better than if you try to be too precise and end up with a layer that is streaky or too thick because you were too slow. Application in hot and/or humid weather can be a problem. Sands well, but it's shellac - power sanding equipment creates heat friction that can melt it and cause problems.

All in all, I highly recommend this product and always keep it on hand in my shop.
February 19, 2020
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great sealer for all finishes
Great sealer and undercoat for any finish. I've used this to obtain a great looking dye finish, and most recently as a sealer for painting wood, which worked out very well.
November 22, 2019
8 months ago
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
good sealer under almost any finish
Dmac on Jul 2, 2020
Needed dewaxed shellac
Carl R on May 22, 2020
good sealer under almost any finish
Dmac on Jul 2, 2020
is there anything more useful than shellac?
Robert G on Jun 13, 2020
Needed dewaxed shellac
Carl R on May 22, 2020
Various recommendations in assorted books and videos on finishing techniques.
Marc S on May 8, 2020
Because is good quality
Rafael O on May 2, 2020
most versatile of all sealers
Gnugs on May 1, 2020
I plan on painting pine and don't want bleed thru.
Tony R on Apr 29, 2020
Grumpy on Apr 29, 2020
Wood Whisperer recommended it
William M on Apr 26, 2020
I have used Bulls Eye primer for painting projects and was very pleased. Thought I'd try this because liked the other.
Dixie W on Apr 24, 2020
Multiple videos (YouTube) recommended using a 100% wax free shellac prior to using a grain filler. One from Woodcraft specifically recommended the Bulls Eye brand Seal Coat.
Wesley M. T on Apr 17, 2020
very useful to prepare the finishing
Carlos T on Mar 29, 2020
Because I can seal with it and varnish,, or leave it as is. Good product.
Richard B on Mar 27, 2020
5 star rating, and works with several types of finishes.
Ron F on Mar 25, 2020
Woodworking class instructor recommend it.
Jeffrey B on Feb 5, 2020
At a wood turning meeting a member suggested this product. I am purchasing it to see if it works as the member suggested.
R B on Feb 5, 2020
Bradley C on Jan 21, 2020
does a great job of sealing Baltic birch plywood
eric g on Dec 31, 2019
Perfect for bringing out baring on curly maple
Raymond W on Dec 3, 2019
Can't get this locally.
Leon B on Nov 28, 2019
Rockler is one of the few places that I can find this product.
Elizabeth D on Nov 18, 2019
Use in finishing projects
Stephen F on Nov 15, 2019
Refinishing table with exotic hardwood veneers
Susan R on Nov 3, 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.
mkb 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 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
is there anything more useful than shellac?
Robert G on Jun 13, 2020
Various recommendations in assorted books and videos on finishing techniques.
Marc S on May 8, 2020
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
BEST ANSWER: To cut 2lb to 1lb : 2 parts alcohol to 3 parts SealCoat
To cut 2lb to 1/2 lb : 2 parts aalcohol to 1 part SealCoat
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
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
Does SealCoat need to be stirred?
Robert C on Jun 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I never stir it. Alcohol is a polar solvent and the shellac is miscible, like water and alcohol.
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?
Tom 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.
How does 854 Universal differ from the 61646 pictured or 854H?
Hamhound on Apr 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I really cannot answer this question but if you contact Zinsser they should be able to help you.
What is the difference between this product Z10854 and 824H?
Linda P on Feb 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: 824H is a sanding sealer. This is designed to be used on raw interior wood and is not designed to be the finished coat. It hardens very quickly. I use it on the inside of drawers. It gives you a nice hard finish feel. If desired you can add polyurethane over it. It may also be used on open pore wood like oak, mahogany, and walnut. It fills the pores for an even finish. Always do a light sanding of 320 grit after using 824H. It is an extra step worth doing. I’m not familiar with Z10854
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.
Will 854 Universal help avoid getting bubbles in my polyurethane finish?
Hamhound on Apr 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: i brushed it under spray poly, and have also used it under nitrocellulose lacquer spray as well. I didn't get any bubbling either time. I can't say it had anything to do with it, though. YMMV

The first project was an Amp Cabinet, and the 2nd one was a Guitar neck. Both times I leveled the sealer just as I would for shellac. I like this product. I did use a good brush for the sealer, though. I think that makes a big difference.
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.
is it food safe ? i have a butcher block counter top i need to seal it from stains
kathy b on Jun 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Shellac is derived from Indian lac bugs, is a common food-safe film finish.
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).