Gel wood stains are heavy-bodied and do not penetrate as deeply into the wood as liquid oil-based wipe-on stains do, providing the deepest, richest colors of any oil-based stain available.
All raw wood projects require preparation sanding before applying stain, and all existing finishes require prep cleaning and sanding. If you skip this critical step, your finish may fail.
Preparation for Raw Wood ProjectsSee our video: How to Prep Sand Raw Wood
Preparation for Projects with an Existing FinishFor high-use areas with heavy grime build-up and oil from hands, give your project a deeper cleaning.See our video: How to Prepare Existing Finishes
Power Prep Cleaning Highly Used Existing FinishesSee our video: How to Power Prep Existing High Use Finishes for Stain or Paint
Alternative Cleaning Solutions for Existing Finishes (Not as aggressive or effective as denatured alcohol; requires rinsing.)
General Finishes Gel Stain Application Steps
Mixing Gel Colors
Always seal General Finishes oil-based stains with 3 coats topcoat to lock in the color. You can use either oil-based or water-based topcoat. When layering water-based and oil-based products, increase the dry time:
DO NOT use General Finishes Enduro-Var Topcoat with oil-based products.
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal
General Finishes Gel Topcoat
General Finishes High Performance or General Finishes Flat Out Flat Water Based Topcoat
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