Oil Based Salad Bowl Finish

Oil Based Salad Bowl Finish

Create a beautiful and safe finish on wooden bowls, cups, spoons, decorative wood countertops or other wood surfaces that contact food. For actively used butcher block counter tops that are used for chopping and cutting, only use Butcher Block Oil. 


Salad Bowl Finish top coat is our heavy duty oil and urethane oil based topcoat, which produces a beautiful hand rubbed quality finish.
Sheen: Semi-Gloss
Recommended uses: bowls, wooden spoons, windows, bookcases, wall shelves, furniture, toys, tables, dressers, stools, millwork and doors
Sealer: General Finishes Seal A Cell Clear or Pre Stain Natural Conditioner
Interior only
Color tone: Ambers over time
Application Method: Natural bristle brush, foam brush, paint pad applicator, or spray
Recoat: 6-12 hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
Coverage: 200 sq. ft/qt
Coats: normally 3, additional coats can be applied
Sanding: On bare wood sand to 180 or 220. Do not sand stains before top coating. For oil based stains sand to 120, for water based stains 150.
VOC <575 g/l ( 4.81 lbs/gal)

WARNING: TEST FOR COMPATIBILITY WHEN USING THIS PRODUCT WITH PRODUCTS FROM OTHER BRANDS. General Finishes products should be tested to your complete satisfaction before using. General Finishes will not be responsible for any failure if our products are used in conjunction with other brands of finishes. We do not test General Finishes products with those of another manufacturer and will not accept liability if there is a compatibility issue.


  • Will Salad Bowl Finish amber over time? Yes it will give woods such as cherry, walnut and mahogany grain definition and depth, a warm amber tone, and it will darken with age.
  • Can I use shellac under Salad Bowl Finish? Normally shellac is not needed for this finish, but yes only one light coat, dewaxed, 1# cut, and sand before applying the Salad Bowl Finish for adherence.
  • What is better brushed on or wiped on? Either application will work. For counter tops, tables or more heavy duty finishes use a brush as it applies a heavier film, use 4 coats so film builds over the grain. For items that do not need heavy use or more water resistance wiping on will work fine.
  • I use Danish Oil for staining. Can I top coat with Salad Bowl Finish? Yes. Let long oils dry for 1 week. Wipe down surface with Mineral Spirits to remove any oil and to secure a good bond before top coating. For regular GF oil base stains or GF gel wait over night, water based 1-2 hours. If It is raining, humid, or winter dry times will be longer.
  • How can I tell if my finish is not dry? If the finish feels cool to the touch or if it gums up your sand paper, it is not dry enough and you need to wait longer. Longer is always better than not waiting long enough.
  • Can I use Salad Bowl to finish my cutting board?
  • Salad Bowl Finish is a film finish it is not recommended for cutting boards at full strength. To use for depth of grain and color, cut with 50% mineral spirits, apply, let soak in, and wipe back all excess leaving no film on surface, use GF Butcher Block Oil to maintain. GF Butcher Block Oil is a food grade mineral oil used to maintain butcher blocks, cutting board, knife handles, and wooden spoons for an oiled finish.
  • I rushed my project and now my Salad Bowl Finish will not dry and it is sticky. What can I do? This will happen when the underlying stain or top coat is not dry. To fix, wipe with a soaked rag of mineral spirits. This will open up the surface and allow the product to start drying again and take away the stickiness. Let dry a good 24-48 and then you can re-coat.
  • Do I need to sand between coats of finish? You do not have to sand for adherence, but buff lightly with 400 paper, 0000 steel wool, or gray sponge sanding pads to take away nibs and make surface smooth.
  • Can I rub out or polish Salad Bowl? Yes after a couple days use a good paste wax or GF Satin Wax. For high speed buffers wait a good two weeks to cure.
  • What is full cure time? Usually 2-4 weeks to reach optimum hardness and water resistance.


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