Oil Base Gel Stain is the stain that has the most "finishing feel' of all our products. Gel Stains are formulated with a combination of pigments, oils, and urethanes to produce a durable and beautiful "hand-rubbed" finish. Gel stains will produce a more even appearance on hard to stain woods such as Aspen, Pine, Alder, Cherry and Maple. They also have great adhesion for applying over existing finishes.
Type: Oil Base Gel Stain
Application as a stain on raw wood: Apply Gel Stain liberally with a cloth, brush or paint pad applicator then wipe off the excess with the grain of the wood using a clean dry cloth. In corners, spindles, or other hard to reach areas, a dry bristle brush works great for pulling the excess stain out. Allow to dry 12-24 hours. Additional coats may be applied to darken the color.
Application over an existing finish: Clean surface and prep properly (see our website for more info). Apply the Gel Stain to the area and then manipulate the glaze with either a cloth, bristle brush, or graining tool for the desired look. Allow to dry completely before applying another coat of stain or top-coat, which may take several days for thicker applications.
Dry Time: Varies greatly depending on application, but is usually 12-24 hours. Test if product is dry by rubbing a cotton ball on finish. If no fiber is left, then the product is dry.
Benefits: Gel Stains will stain more evenly than liquid stains. Gel Stains do not drip or run so they are less messy to work with. Gel Stains have more solids (urethane) in them so they can be used as a one can finish as long as 2 or 3 coats are applied. They can also be used over existing finishes.