Do I have to use Original Sealer/Finish before Original Satin Finish?

A common question asked is:

I have the Original Satin Finish and your instructions say to start with the Original Sealer/Finish. Is that necessary?

All of the products in the Original product line have the same general composition. The resin-modified tung oil portion of the formulations is the main portion of each formula regardless of gloss level or VOC compliance, so if the proper amount of product is applied, you’ll have excellent water protection.

The Original Sealer/Finish products are the most stripped down versions of the Original products. This means that they have no additional additives, fillers or extra stuff. This means they will penetrate into the wood better, maintain excellent clarity and leave a thinner film build.

If you would like to, or if you already have, finished your project with only the Original Satin products, you will still have excellent protection, but your film will be thicker (more like a urethane), cloudier, slightly higher in gloss and may even scratch easier. The extra additives in the Original Satin Finish are present to lower the gloss, these are called flatteners or flattening agents. These particles will inhibit the ability of the product to soak into the wood and will reduce the clarity. This will build your film away from the wood surface and less into the wood surface (very slight reduction in hardness) and each layer will “fill in” the coat underneath which tends to slightly raise the gloss with each coat.

The difference between starting with the Sealer/Finish against using Satin Finish for all coats will be relatively minor, but our goal is to enhance the natural look and feel of the wood which is why we recommend the method that we do. The Original Sealer/Finish is also easier to apply and less expensive!

Clarity is less of an issue with the Original Gloss Finish as it is perfectly clear; however, it is a higher solids product, so it will build up a thicker film on the surface. It is also more expensive, so it helps to save it just for the final application.

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