Hi Nate: I would recommend laquer sanding sealer, sold at most home stores, you can apply it with brush , roller or an HVLP gun. But you must use precaution, to protect your lungs, if at all possible work out doors. and no open flames allowed! But on the plus side its very forgiving to work with, very fast turn around time depending on your R. humidity. sand with 220 grit between coats, ( 2 is usually OK) dont forget to seal ALL the wood. if you seal one side of a piece of wood and not the other, moisture via humidity will enter the unsealed side and cause it to swell. after that you can paint your wat4er base and the a clear coat! Hope this helps!