Compare and Contrast: Seal-A-Cell / Arm-R-Cell vs. Waterlox Sealer / Waterlox Finish

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.
Brain.
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I use the General finishes, Seal a Cell and Arm R Coat. Both are premium quality products.

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How do you apply the General Finishes finish. I also use it and am trying several methods to see what gives me the best results. Just curious what works best for you.
Jim web site: www.woodblog.com

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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 curing.

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wrote:

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.
Barry
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B a r r y wrote:

... 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>
-- Mark
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Definitely. Just wanted some testimonials before spending the money.
Brian.

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