A-R-M seal with sealer?

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Forum topic by jmp posted 02-01-2011 12:28 PM 810 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2011 12:28 PM

Hi I am just about to start finishing my first ever project (a European oak coffee table) with satin A-R-M seal , which I have not used before. I have seen a number of suggestions and wondered what others would recommend?

3 coats , no sealer,

shellac sanding sealer then 3-5 coats,

either above then a final wax coat


As I am new to finishing something fairly straightforward would be helpful.



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#1 posted 02-01-2011 01:58 PM

Jonathan, Arm-R-Seal is a wiping varnish so it will go on fairly easily. As far as your routine goes I would suggest going straight with the varnish if you are not going to stain the project and want a natural look. I generally apply shellac as a sealer over stains and dyes before applying my topcoat.

As far as the number of coats goes that is entirely up to you. I have put as few as two on and as many as ten (at least) depending on the look that I want to achieve. I wipe on a coat, let it dry according to the directions, and lightly hand sand with 320 grit between coats to remove the dust nibs and irregularities. Wipe on the next coat and repeat until you are satisfied with the finish.

After the final application let the topcoat cure out before applying wax. I have put wax on as little 24 hours after finishing the topcoat and gotten by with it but it is best to let the topcoat cure completely before applying wax. This could take as long as 30 days for the poly to cure out.

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