I have an early 80's oak vanity in the master bath. I think the sides and bottom of the drawers are some kind of particle board. Little pieces of wood pieces/dust are constantly present. I want to seal the drawers so they don't 'shed'. What is the best product to use for this? Thank you to anyone with an answer!



Polyurethane is the modern standby product. Water-based is easier to work with, but oil-based is more durable.

One coat, steel wool, another coat or two. Keep 'em light to minimize runs.

  • +1 But no steel wool with water-based products. (and there are arguments as to whether water-based is less durable).
    – bib
    Apr 13 '16 at 21:27
  • I've never had issues using steel wool with water-based urethane. I suppose a critical step is dust removal.
    – isherwood
    Apr 13 '16 at 21:29
  • Exactly. And I have missed a few splinters and paid for it with stains.
    – bib
    Apr 13 '16 at 22:31

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