Well, I finally got my new "old" lathe set up in the garage and all bolted down to a work bench so today I went out back and cut up some wood from a APPLE tree that came down about 6-8 weeks ago. I wished I knew about sealing the wood back then as many of these already have cracks in them. Anyway I took some of the larger logs and cut them up into workable size blanks. Now....can I assume that I can simple use paint on these to seal them up until I get to turning them. I thought that I had read here that some of you use left over house paint to paint over the wood until you turn it.