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Posted on Issues using Sanding Sealer on Stained Oak

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#1 posted 10-10-2018 04:27 PM

You can use regular old shellac as a seal coat. Since it thins with denatured alcohol (not water) it won’t raise the grain.

There are plenty of finishing schedules that use a dye, then seal coat, then some other colorant. Usually a gel stain as a sort of glaze, followed by the topcoat layers.

Even the time honored finishes aren’t foolproof. Many finishers get into trouble with wipe-on finishes, because the process often causes issues with the previous step. For instance, the dried stain may lift off in areas when you attempt to wipe on the seal coat. I spray all of my seal coats and topcoats to avoid these issues.

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