Well I guess that didn't get much love. Went ahead and figured it out. Washed the wood with mineral spirits after wet sanding down to 1000. The put the Arm-R-Seal on and think it looks really good. They recommend three coats so two more to go. Then the plan may be to put polyurethane over the top, which is what I had originally hoped people would help me consider.
PS I still have no idea why the site is flipping my images when I post them. Hey are correct on the rest of my computer.