General Finishes oil based gel top coat durability

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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 04-24-2019 06:16 PM 228 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-24-2019 06:16 PM

I just discovered General Finished oil based gel top coat. On my test pieces it looks great, it’s easy to apply without runs or drips even in tight corners. And it looks great. Seems too good to be true. Does anyone have information about its durability? How does it hold up against Poly, varnish, lacquer and the like. Have there been any comparisons made? I can’t really find anything online.

-- Ken

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#1 posted 04-24-2019 07:39 PM

I’ve used that and Arm-r-seal. I guess it depends on what wood you use, but I find the Arm-r-seal to be a little more durable and its my go to product. Here are the specs to compare if you are interested:

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#2 posted 04-25-2019 04:39 PM

I’ve used it. It’s like any other varnish except for its consistency. Like others, the more coats you add, the thicker the build gets.

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#3 posted 04-27-2019 11:17 PM

Thank you for responding and also for referring me to their website, I didn’t scroll down enough the first time to see their durability, wear and hardness comparisons. That was helpful. I’ve never used Arm-r-Seal as most of my projects get Liberon Furniture Oil (I love that stuff). I’ve never been completely satisfied with any brush on finish and the sprayer is just too much work to clean for small projects. The General Finishes Oil based Gell Top Coat goes on nicely and requires fewer coats and a whole lot less rubbing than the Liberon. Think I’ll try it on this project (King sized headboard and matching night tables) as it is a lot of surface and won’t get that much wear. Its going to a long time friend so I’ll be able to track the durability over time. Thanks again

-- Ken

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