bedroom Built in closet/wardrobe - what seal coat to use?

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Blog entry by bnisimov posted 05-03-2016 11:12 PM 877 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hi to All,

I’m planning to rebuild a walk in closet/wardrobe. I plan to build boxes out of 3/4 inch Birch plywood and attached rods/shelves and make drawers where needed. (sample pic attached) These boxes will be floor based and will be attached to the walls as well.

I will attach maple banding over the open edges of plywood.

My question – Im trying to find the safest sealer coat (i do not plan to stain the plywood as i like the light color of birch) to protect it. I do not want to pain it. Also i would use the same sealer to finish the inside of the drawers.

So the sealer coat needs to be odor free and safe for clothing and odorless given it will be in bedroom. Also should be easy to apply. I dont have a spray gun.

Few options i have found are water based finishes and shellac such as:

1. dewaxed shellac
2. Zinsser Bulls Eye® SealCoat™
3. Bulls Eye® Shellac-Clear
4. Vermont Natural Coatings Interior Floor and Furniture Finishes
5. general finishes waterborne acrylic finish
6. Bioshield Aqua Resin Floor Finish
7. AFM Safecoat Polyureseal BP
8. AFM SafeCoat, Acrylacq
10. OSMO Polyx-Oil

Please help in choosing the right sealer!!!

Thanks a lot!!!

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#1 posted 05-03-2016 11:32 PM

I’d go with the shellac for a couple of reasons:

Once it’s cured, it has no odor.

It cures quickly, and several coats can be applied in a day. It’s usually dry in 1 hour; 2 if it’s cold or really humid.

The only caveat with shellac, is that it only comes in gloss. If you want it semi-gloss or satin, you can knock it back by buffing it out with 0000 steel wool.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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