Curious whether anyone has used the General Finishes products listed in
Subject and the similar Waterlox products. I've used Waterlox a fair amount
and generally like it, but the General Finishes products are far more
readily available locally.
Thanks in advance.
Generally I wipe them on with a rag. However, a few years ago I used the
Gloss Arm R Seal on a Walnut project. I wiped on the first 2 coats, lightly
steel wooling between coats and applied the 3rd and final coat with a better
quality foam brush. I was shocked at how well that worked. The finish
absolutely looked sprayed on. On numerous occasions I have posted pictures
of that project because of requests. IIRC the can indicated that using a
foam brush was a recommended way to apply. The first wiped on coats pretty
much sealed the wood so that it no longer soaked up the finish. The 3rd
coat went on very wet and flowed beautifully. There was no need to go over
any spot a second time other than to combine the previous area that was
covered with the new area. After the brush was loaded, 1 dip of the 3"
brush would literally cover about 2 square feet. I did get a bit of
bubbling with the foam brush application but they all disappeared before
Don't takes this the wrong way, but why not make some sample boards
yourself? I've found this is truly the only way for me to learn about
a finish. The best judge of what works for me is me. You'll need to
do sample boards anyway, unless you plan on trying a foreign product
directly on a hard worked piece.
... and cut some kerfs with a saw so you can try several things on the same
board. Make sure you write on the front or back what each trial is. I have
a piece of birch plywood with 4 separate areas that neither SWMBO or I can
remember which finish is in which area. <g>
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