Cabinet Finishing w/ Arm-R-Seal, enough protection?

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Forum topic by deucefour posted 03-06-2011 01:23 AM 3352 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2011 01:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak finishing cabinets

I am in the process of a kitchen remodel for my lovely wife and planned on using arm-r-seal as a finish for the cabinets (oak). I was wondering if any of you have used a wiping varnish on high use items such as this and how it held up.

as always thanks for your response


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#1 posted 03-06-2011 04:29 AM


I’ve used arm-r-seal on many furniture projects but not a kitchen or bathroom project. I love the look that arm-r-seal brings out on figured woods. If you apply it, let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe it dry (at least 10 times) you will achieve a beautiful hand-rubbed oil look to the finish. If you apply with a brush and let it dry between coats (overnight) and scuff, then add another coat, you can get by with 4 coats. It is very thin poly.

For kitchen and furniture, I use conversion varnish as it is much more durable then arm-r-seal, poly or lacquer. Unfortunately I’ve never found a brush or wipe on conversion varnish. It has to be sprayed. The upside is you can apply three coats in one day and be ready for install the next day. It is a burn-in finish like lacquer and dries quickly.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#2 posted 03-06-2011 04:38 AM

My finishing instructor said he will hire anyone who can brush conversion varnish fast. :)

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#3 posted 03-06-2011 03:51 PM

I have used arm-r-seal on a number of projects including a Morris chair, kitchen island, and it has stood up to any abuse my grandchildren, kids, and I have given it up. People set drinks, hot and cold, on the arms and so far no problems.

One of the beauties of arm-r-seal is that you can repair it easily.

General Finishes has a good customer service department. Call them ans ask them. They are very helpful

Good luck


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