General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain produces rich, consistent color on any wood. The new resin technology minimizes grain raise while the micronized pigments give these stains deeper color penetration than any oil-based stain can achieve, making them perfect for achieving dark colors on hard woods like Alder, Ash, and Maple.
Type: Water Based Wood Stain
Application: Apply a liberal, wet coat with a brush, roller, paint pad applicator, or spray. We do not recommend wiping on these stains with a cloth due to their fast dry times. As soon as you have covered your area with stain begin to wipe off the excess with a clean soft cloth immediate-ly. IMPORTANT: Water base stains dry faster than oil base products. Try to divide your project into sections. Top, side, front, legs. Stain each section then wipe off excess before moving onto the next section.
Dry Times: 2 hours under normal conditions. If conditions are damp and cool it could take up to 4 hours to dry. If conditions are hot and dry, stains could be dry in 1 hour.
Benefits: Fast dry times, soap and water cleanup, low odor, non-flammable and low V.O.C.s. The biggest benefit is that they stain more evenly on hard to stain woods than any other stain on the market, which eliminates the need for pre-sealing. They can be mixed with our water base dye stains to create custom colors. They also resist "color pulling" when applied too heavy which is a common problem when trying to achieve a darker color. This feature also allows them to be used as "glazing" stains over existing finishes, meaning you can apply them heavily and then manipulate to get different effects using brushes, sponges or rags.
Dark Colors: If you need a darker color try 1. A second coat of stain AFTER the first coat has dried. 2. Mixing the "Wood Stains" together with some "Dye Stain" 3. Use the "Dye Stain" first to darken the wood and then apply the "Wood Stain". 4. Make a toner by adding 1 part of either "Wood Stain" or "Dye Stain" to 3 parts water based topcoat.