How to Seal Wood Without Changing the Color? You should Learn

Is there any easy way to seal wood without changing the color?

Yes, there is. And that’s what the article is about.

I know many people mess up while sealing the wood which often cost them a lot of money and efforts.

That’s why I have decided to write this article to help you out.

Ok, before you get bored to the death, let’s jump into the process.

What You Will Need

Well, you won’t need too many things. And the required items are quite cheap as well. So, let’s find out what they are:

  • A bristle paint brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Polyurethane (water-based)
  • A few pieces of wood
  • A container

But before you get started, I’d like to pass on some really useful tips to you. Please keep patience with me and keep reading on. Believe me, you won’t get disappointed.

Get the Right Water-White Sealer

If you want to seal the wood without changing the color, the first thing that you will need is a water-based polyurethane sealer. However, if you are not in favor of this, there is an alternative. You can use acrylic lacquer if you want. You may ask, which one is better.

The answer is; both are nearly equally effective. So, it’s up to you which one you decide to go with.

Nevertheless, no matter which one you opt for, the sealer must be water-based.

Why is that?

Because they are colorless and help you to prevent any alteration in the color.

Oil Based Sealers Are A Big No

If there’s one thing you need to avoid, it’s oil-based sealers.

That’s because they make the surface shiny. Well, many people may consider it as a good thing, but it isn’t for individuals who are trying to give the wood surface a natural look.

Because a shiny surface will look anything but natural.

That said, if you have a walnut wood surface, then it might be a good idea to use an oil-based sealer. Because they do not alter the natural look of the walnut wood. In fact, the oil-based sealers help to make it more noticeable without changing its natural look.

How to Seal Wood

Though the process is not very difficult, I will still break it down in simple steps so that you can do it easily. So, here’s the step-by-step guide to sealing the wood without changing the color.

Step 1: If you are using the water-based finisher, the first that you need to do is sand the wood. You’ll need sandpaper of 220 grit. Don’t worry, you don’t need to sand the area too hard. You just need to sand the surface mildly.

Step 2: Before you get started, you need to ensure that the paint or stain is completely dry. Otherwise, it will cause troubles for you.

Now that we have covered the paint, let’s get on with the sealer.

Well, if you are gonna work with water-based finish, you need to be a bit careful. You don’t want to stir it too much. Otherwise, it may create bubbles which are not a good thing.

However, you can’t toss caution out of the window while working with the acrylic lacquer either. You gotta keep in mind that they dry up pretty fast.

Step 3: Make sure you don’t apply the sealer to the same place twice before you give it enough time to get dried.

Also, you need to ensure that you are not putting too many layers on the surface. Because it will have a negative impact and may ruin the look of the wood.

That doesn’t mean that you can afford to apply an insufficient amount of sealer on the surface. The trick is in striking a balance between two extremes.


Now that you have read the entire article, I believe you are well-equipped to handle the process properly.

Remember that you gotta follow the instructions correctly and entirely. If you do one step and ignore another, it won’t bode well for you or the wooden surface.

Nevertheless, I wish you luck in your endeavor and hope that you complete the process with 100% success.

Also, if you want to add something to the article or have any advice for me, please give a shout in the comments section.

4 thoughts on “How to Seal Wood Without Changing the Color? You should Learn”

  1. Hi!
    I purchased an old farm shyi.
    You are probably aware it consists of a blade attached to a long wood shaft and two wood handles.
    I want to preserve it so it doesn’t deteriorate further. I thought an oil would stop the aging, but don’t want to refinish and ruin the intergity of an antique.
    Please advise .

  2. I sealed some birch stumps with oil based poly and oil. Very gold and didnt like them at all. 3 years later I’ve sanded off that finish and want them to be very very clean and as natural as possible (that very clean, soft whitish color). I’m afraid water based poly or even epoxy will still make them look gold.

    Are you saying there’s a product on the market called: ‘water white sealer’
    or are you just saying “use water based poly”…???

  3. We are being tested for lead. The suite has dark natural woodwork that is over 100 yrs old. We would rather deal than paint over it???what is the solution

  4. Hi,
    I installed American white oak interior doors more than 30 years ago. Didn’t want to change their colour so I did not seal them with anything. I have just finished sanding off all stains and grime and would like to seal them without changing the colour. Can you recommend a product and process.


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