General Finishes - Satin Topcoat Gel (Rating: 5)

On a recent clock order, the customer wanted a satin finish. I have always had semi-gloss as the preferred finish, but satin was his choice.

I've seen General Finishes products on the better woodworking websites and magazines, so I thought I'd give it a try, as finishing is not my strong point.

What I was looking for was a finish that would go on easily, evenly and not hide the wood, so I selected the General Finishes Oil Based Gel Urethane Topcoat.

This product delivered in spades. I was very, very pleased. You just rub on the gel with a clean cloth. Goes on smoothly, easily…doesn't set-up quickly. Excellent clear satin finish.

It's a bit expensive, at about $13 a pint, but for the results and the time and effort saved, it's well worth it. I will investigate more of their finishes in the future for sure.

Unfortunately they do not make a gel topcoat in semi or gloss; for that, you need their Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat product.