Curt's TeeKay's Rapid-Dri Wood Sealer and Stain Conditioner.
Tupelo is a VERY THIRSTY wood. We don't recommend putting ANY finish on it until you've sealed it well. It is lacquer-based extremely thin takes about 20 minutes to dry between coats and will not gel. Tupelo really sucks this stuff up and this sealer gets deep into the pores. When the wood quits taking the sealer quickly it has had enough.
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