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1-qt. Woodcare Sanding Sealer (2-Pack)

$3918
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  • Use sanding sealer on bare wood surfaces to prep for finishing
  • Prepares for stain or poly by sealing wood pores before sanding
  • Water based, sealer covers up to 87 sq. ft. per can
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Varathane 1-qt. Woodcare Sanding Sealer (2-Pack) seals wood and is easy to sand. Apply under any clear wood finish, including oil or Water-based polyurethanes, lacquers and shellacs. Save time and materials when finishing porous woods.
  • Traditional wood floor finish for any interior wood surface where a protective finish is required, ideal for residential and commercial applications
  • Coverage approximately 87 sq. ft. depending on surface porosity
  • Does not have a sheen since this is a sanding sealer
  • Easy to sand smooth, even finish
  • Apply thin, even coats in direction of wood grain in smooth, level strokes
  • Water-based formula, allow sanding sealer to dry for 1 hour before final sanding
  • Easy clean up with soap and water
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  • Online price includes PaintCare fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, WA
  • California residents

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SheenFlat/MatteFlat/MatteFlat/MatteGloss
Container Size1 Quart1 Quart1 Quart1 Quart
Base MaterialWater BasedWater BasedWater BasedWater Based
Application MethodBrushBrushBrushBrush
Paint/Stain FeaturesSealerSealerSealerSealer
TransparencyClearClearClearTransparent
Number of coats recommended1111
Paint/Stain Clean UpSoap & WaterSoap & WaterSoap & WaterSoap & Water
Surface Material UseWoodWoodWoodWood
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Specifications

Dimensions

Container Size1 QuartCoverage Area (sq. ft.)87 ft²

Details

Application MethodBrushBase MaterialWater Based
Coating Product CategoryWaterproofer/SealerColor FamilyClear
Dry to touch (min.)30 minInterior/ExteriorInterior
Number of coats recommended1Number per Package2
Paint/Stain Clean UpSoap & WaterPaint/Stain FeaturesSealer
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product TypeShellac, Lacquer & PolyurethaneProduct FormLiquid
Returnable90-DaySheenFlat/Matte
Substrate ConditionBare Wood,Finished Wood,Old/Reclaimed Wood,Stained Wood,Unfinished WoodSurface Material UseWood
Time before recoating (hours)2TransparencyClear
Vertical/HorizontalVertical / Horizontal

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  • 3.6
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Worst sealer ever.
Thought I'd give this a try. Horrible mistake. It did not dry clear and yes, I applied a very thin coat. I sanded it down with 220 as always. Wiped it down and applied polyurethane. You can see a milky white haze under the poly. Absolutely horrible product. Attached a few pics. Look worse in person.
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Response from Rust-OleumSupportApr 20, 2020
That is not what we like to hear, Paul! Our Varathane Sanding Sealer uses a water-based acrylic resin, and dries crystal clear. If the finish appears white, the sanding sealer was possibly applied too heavily, or there was latent moisture on the surface, causing moisture entrapment to occur. Please note that water-based polyurethane will also have this symptom of white haze, and if you did not notice this haze on the surface until the polyurethane was applied, the haze has likely occurred in the polyurethane film. You can try wiping the surface with denatured alcohol, and this may remove the haze if it is in the poly. If this does not do the trick, please give us a call at 800-901-0411, we want to look into this further and try to make things right! - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
    3 found this review helpful
    Dried white, like SO many others!
    I have used 30+ gallons of oil based varathanr in the past with outstanding results, prompting me to purchase the sanding sealer without question. WRONG, BAD IDEA!! Applied to vintage distressed barn wood. As other reviews indicated... WHITE despite temperatures, humidity, and wood moisture content as manufacturer claims. Impossible to apply a light enough coat on such wood in order to get it into the natural desirable defects and deep grain. This crappy finish can not be removed with sanding in my situation rendering this rare commodity as firewood. Not only am I out the $80 for the white wash sanding sealer, I’m out hundreds in wood and untold hours in preparation. Exceedingly disappointed. I won’t bother to contact the company as their acceptance of poor performance is clear based on reading through the reviews. I wish I had prior.
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    Response from Rust-OleumSupportMar 12, 2020
    We do want to look into this further and try to get to the bottom of this! Please give us a call at 800-901-0411 to talk with us. When calling, please have your can of Rust-Oleum Varathane Woodcare Sanding Sealer nearby, so we can collect the batch information.
    - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
      2 found this review helpful
      I've always used an oil based sanding sealer. HD no longer carries it at my local store. I was ve...
      I've always used an oil based sanding sealer. HD no longer carries it at my local store. I was very worried that it would work as well as the oil based product. To my great delight it works even better. My drawer fronts had the grain raise more than I am used to seeing, but it sanded easily with 220 grit paper to a glass smooth surface. Top coating with sprayed satin oil based finish took only 2 coats to provide professional results. The 1hour dry time really speeds up the process. This is now my go to sanding sealer.
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      I read a lot of reviews and questions, on this product and thought the pros outweighed the cons. ...
      I read a lot of reviews and questions, on this product and thought the pros outweighed the cons. Wrong. As you can see by the photo, this does NOT dry clear. This was applied to birch plywood after sanding and thoroughly cleaning. Room temp was about 65, very low humidity. After 3 hours, this is what I had. I've sanded it all off and will try the Minwax that others have suggested. If I can find it. Our local HD has a poor selection of anything I need, including Minwax products.
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      Response from Rust-OleumSupportMar 13, 2019
      Something is amiss here! Our Varathane Sanding Sealer dries crystal clear, so we need to know more about the application to get to the bottom of this. A white haze may be left on the surface if the sanding sealer is applied too heavily. Please give us a call at 800-901-0411, we want to try to make things right! - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
        3 found this review helpful
        Great stuff. Worked great on live wood Osage Orange tables. I incorporated different color epoxie...
        Great stuff. Worked great on live wood Osage Orange tables. I incorporated different color epoxies then aplied the Varathane( gloss) and sanded in between coats down to 2000 grit.then added feet on reverse.
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        1 found this review helpful
        DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!!! STAY AWAY!!! USE MINWAX SANDING SEALER ONLY!!! Working on a high end p...
        DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT!!! STAY AWAY!!! USE MINWAX SANDING SEALER ONLY!!! Working on a high end project so I picked this product up instead of the Minwax sanding sealer that we normally use. Opened the can and it was really white but it said it dries clear so we put it on our table. Put the pieces inside to dry overnight and the table pieces have dried WHITE!!!! This table has live edge on the outside and inside of it and we have several cracks and crevasses that are white. I called the company and they said that Denatured Alcohol would take the white out. So we used that and then sanded the flat parts. The white comes back after sanding. OMG!!!! This is a complete disaster. Called them today and they said the product was not used in optimal weather conditions so hate it for you. Are you kidding me. When we use MinWax Sanding Sealer in any weather condition it drys clear and shinny.
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        Response from Rust-OleumSupportJan 23, 2019
        Thank you for your feedback! To ensure proper drying with Rust-Oleum Varathane Sanding Sealer, it does need to be applied only when temperatures are above 55ºF or below 90ºF. Higher humidity can also slow the dry times. You also want to ensure that you are not overapplying onto the surface.
        - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3 Rustoleum
          1 found this review helpful
          Brushability was poor, drying too quickly, and not remaining smoothe. Required lots of sanding be...
          Brushability was poor, drying too quickly, and not remaining smoothe. Required lots of sanding between coats. I went back to an Minwax product to finish the project.
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          Response from Rust-OleumSupportJan 2, 2019
          That is not what we like to hear! Our Varathane Sanding Sealer does dry in 1 hour, however, it should brush out easily using a high quality synthetic bristle brush. Once the sealer has dried, it may be sanded smooth using 220-280 grit sandpaper. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2 Rustoleum
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          I love this product. Makes my maple drawer box parts...
          I love this product. Makes my maple drawer box parts come out even color and with minimal sanding top coats come out nice and smooth. Even after brush coat application,light sanding with 400g, and rattle can water-based topcoat. To bad home depot only stocks 3qts at a time.
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          Works as advertised, but way overpriced at almost 20 bucks...
          Works as advertised, but way overpriced at almost 20 bucks per qt.
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          Goes on very thick, dries milky. Put down urethane (...
          Goes on very thick, dries milky. Put down urethane ( same brand) over it. Have to now res and spots that are still whit looking underneath. Very disappointed in this product.
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          Response from Rust-OleumSupportApr 21, 2022
          That isn't good, Quint! For best results using the Rust-Oleum Varathane Premium Sanding Sealer, apply using a good quality synthetic bristle brush, foam brush or applicator. Apply in the direction of wood grain in smooth, uniform coat. The product appears milky when wet, but dries to a clear coating. Over application may result in the milky appearance taking longer to clear. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5 Rustoleum
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