Safe Seal is particularly effective at sealing in formaldehyde and other VOCs from composite wood such as plywood, particle board and pressed wood. Safe Seal will not block emissions of organic odors like smoke or pet smells. It's a water-based, low-gloss sealer for highly porous surfaces - mainly on surfaces that are behind the scenes, i.e. not seen or touched. If the MDF or pressed wood has a veneer/skin of melamine or any non-porous surface, SafeSeal should not be applied to that surface. It should be applied only to the exposed edges where raw MDF or particleboard/pressed wood is visible.
For furniture and other touchable surfaces use AFM Safecoat Hard Seal or AFM Acrylac. For flooring, or areas with high abrasion use AFM Polyureseal BP.
NOTE: this not a finish sealer - refer to AFM HardSeal, AFM Acrylac or AFM Polyureal BP. Safeseal does NOT create a hard finish but is slightly rubbery.
Safe Seal was AFM Safecoat's flagship product that started the company in the mid 70's. It is one of their best selling products because it works quickly to reduce VOC emissions. Two coats are recommended. This product can be sprayed with a garden type pump sprayer, brush or roller.
If you have questions or doubts, please call us at 800-405-0222
Why we like it
It's the best and least expensive defense against toxic off-gassing. Works immediately!
Features & benefits
Improves indoor air quality — Blocks VOC emissions in porous surfaces only
Improves adhesion and bonding power — strengthens adhesives and coatings applied to treated surfaces
Low-odor — completely odorless once cured
Non-toxic, eco-friendly — water-based, low-gloss penetrating sealer, contains no formaldehyde
Alert: May require two coats depending upon off-gassing and one's sensitivity
State Nexus Fee may apply A state nexus fee will be applied to this item if drop shipped to the following states: California, Wisconsin. We're sorry for the inconvenience. Click here to read more about the state nexus fee.
Surface should be clean, dry and free of oil and wax
Recommended # of Coats
dries in 1 hour
Appearance When Dry
Cleans Up With
Store in cool dry place out of sunlight
Recycling or Disposal
Dispose of excess product in accordance with all local state and federal regulations, Do not throw out container unless completely empty. Pour contents onto dry cardboard and let thoroughly dry outdoors. May also be absorbed with cat litter sand or other dry materials
Finish Contains Aluminum Oxide?
Floor Item Type
Janka Hardness Rating
Number of Plys
Range of Resistance
Risk in Dry Climates
Shade (1 Light) - (7 Dark)
Strips / Plank
Surface Treatment Color
Touch Up Kit
Can be indoor?
Can be outdoor?
Max Gallons Per Minute
Max BTU's / Hour
- BTU's / Hour
Multi Control Capabilities
Temperature Range (with remote)
Color Rendering Index (CRI)
AFM SafeCoat, Safe Seal
Penetrating sealer for reducing toxic off-gassing, especially formaldehyde, in processed wood products