Surface treatment advice


I would really appreciate some advise to send me in the right direction.

I’m looking for a surface treatment for a wooden object. I don’t want the wood grain to show so the surface does not need to be transparent.

Basically I want to end up with a smooth, plastic like surface that can take some abuse. If possible, it would be great to have a surface that can stand up to harsh cleaning chemicals, but that is secondary.

This is all fairly new to me so the more specific advice/information the better, as specific product names for primers, filler, sealants or what ever you might suggest and also where to get them.

I definitely need something to smooth out imperfections in the wood.

Thank you!


You can use a polyurethane top coat to give you a very robust surface. You can either apply it by brush or just pour it on. It usually smooths out when it dries with a brush on application.

If you want to hide the grain visually, you can use a paint underneath the clearcoat. You can get nearly a perfect finish this way, but you have to put in the time to make sure your wood is as flat as can be (fill and sand as needed).


Thanks for the advise. I’ll try that.