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I am looking for a clear or light amber transparent interior wood finish that is tough, abrasion-resistant, and levels out well when applied with a brush. Durability and brushability are most important. I’m interested in what other people are using and why you prefer that product instead of another. Thanks.
 

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I am looking for a clear or light amber transparent interior wood finish that is tough, abrasion-resistant, and levels out well when applied with a brush. Durability and brushability are most important. I’m interested in what other people are using and why you prefer that product instead of another. Thanks.

Behlens 4 hour rock hard varnish, can be brushed, sprayed, or wiped
 

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I'll have to agree with chemmy.
I used it on my dining table and love it.
In time it turns yellow, but with the walnut top it's perfect rich color.
 

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I use Waterlox on a lot of my projects. It is very easy to apply. I just use a foam brush and it levels great. It leaves a satin finish after 3 or more coats and seems to be very durable. It has an amber tint, and will yellow a little over time. I usually apply 3 to 5 coats with 24 hours drying time in between.

I have also used Pratt & Lambert #38 brushing varnish. It is clearer than Waterlox after it dries and is a soya-based oil so the smell is a little better. It, too, is easy to brush on and levels well.
 

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Waterlox and Arm-R-Seal are your best bets for that. Waterlox dries really fast so for a brush on finish Arm-R-Seal may be what you need. It flows out well and has a long open time. Just curious, why is brush on non-negotiable?
 

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Reed Hockaday said:
I am looking for a clear or light amber transparent interior wood finish that is tough, abrasion-resistant, and levels out well when applied with a brush. Durability and brushability are most important. I’m interested in what other people are using and why you prefer that product instead of another. Thanks.
You can mix Polyurathane and mineral spirits to make wipe on varnish.... 75/25 Poly will build quickly, 50/50 less quickly etc.... Or you can just by a wipe on varnish.... Either way, it is the easiest way to apply finish especially to large surfaces...
 
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