WHAT IS WATERLOX ORIGINAL SEALER/FINISH?
Waterlox ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish has been a popular wood finish for over 100 years. The formulation has been in existence since the founding of the Empire Varnish Co. (now Waterlox Coatings) in 1910 in Cleveland, OH. It is still made by hand from pure tung oil and phenolic resins to create a truly beautiful, durable and one of a kind finish that looks and works great on any wood project.
Waterlox ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish is a solvent-based, resin-modified tung oil finish that is delivered in mineral spirits. It will produce a beautiful warm/amber finish that enhances and shows off the beauty of the wood.
This same product has been around for over 100 years and has gone through a few name changes and label designs, as well as gained some informal names throughout the world. It has been going by the name of Waterlox ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish since the late 1990s and has been in the tan label with the rust colored band at the top for equally as long. In the past (and cans still exist and are still good) it went by the name of Waterlox Transparent. Currently, it is also labeled as Waterlox ORIGINAL Semi-Gloss Finish. These are the more formal names used to identify this product specifically, but many people simply refer to it as Waterlox, Waterlox ORIGINAL or ORIGINAL S/F. We at Waterlox Coatings make a variety of different products, but unless otherwise noted, the ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish is usually what people are referring to when they say simply “Waterlox”.
One constant across all names and even private labels is that the product number has always been 5284. If you have a can or are shopping, this 5284 will always and has always designated this one particular product.
WHERE TO USE WATERLOX ORIGINAL SEALER/FINISH
Waterlox ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish works well on any wood project and it can be used a multitude of ways.
One of the most popular uses of the Waterlox ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish is for fine woodworking. This includes turned bowls and pens, jewelry boxes, workbenches, furniture and any other project worthy of finishing. It is very versatile in how it can be applied, so it is suitable for virtually any project.
Waterlox ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish is also popular for countertops as it creates an equally beautiful, durable and protective finish that is food-safe and non-toxic when cured. It can be used by itself or with other Waterlox stains and finishes to achieve different colors and gloss levels.
Waterlox ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish was initially developed solely as a floor finish. It creates a durable, elastic finish that penetrates into the wood while also building a durable, protective layer on the surface. The ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish will wear well and maintain a high level of protection even when worn. It can be used by itself or with other Waterlox stains and finishes to achieve different colors and gloss levels.
Waterlox ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish is popular on any wood project which includes doors, trim, molding, cabinetry, mantels and any other wood surface in and around your home. Application of the ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish can be done using many different methods including, but not limited to, wiping, spraying, and brushing, so it is well suited for virtually any project and any situation.
Yes, Waterlox ORIGINAL Sealer/Finish can even be used on some exterior projects. It cannot hold up to regular direct sun exposure, but will perform beautifully on non-sun exposed projects like porch ceilings, three season porches and other similar situations. It has been around since before HVAC in homes, so it does quite well in non-climate controlled environments, it just cannot hold up well to regular direct UV exposure. It can be used as a base coat under our MARINE Finishes to achieve UV resistance.
Although somewhat rare, Waterlox Original Sealer/Finish is also used on non-wood projects. It adheres well to almost any surface and can penetrate and seal other porous materials other than wood. Most common would be concrete, stone, and tile.