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    Gel Stains

    Is there an additive you can put into regular stains that will cause them to gel?
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    I think the better question is what are you trying to do? I don't find gel stains to be helpful. I have easier ways to produce better results.
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    Re: Gel Stains

    For small areas, gel stains seem to be really good. For things like a desk top you really have to work fast to get an even color covering.
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    Re: Gel Stains

    Ivegot areally big storage unit to finish. It has raised /molded panels on the front and sides. The panels are rather small and the molding is detailed. I wasthinking the gel would brush out better allowing better penetration of the many crannies on this thing. I had just assumed the gel stain would work more like a good brushing enamel and i wouldnt be costantly fighting runs. Ive never used a gel stain before. It is so 9hot here now that even oil base stains are hard to work.

    Maybe i need to get a small can and work it on some scrap.
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    Re: Gel Stains

    You're saying "Big". To me that sounds like a nightmare. I would go for an oil based stain. Even though they say "penetrating" today's stains don't.


    I've got a book shelf make from before HD pine and stained with a penetrating stain. It's about 34 years old. People will tell me how good it looks and when I say it's just home center pine, they are in disbelief. Since the EPA and CARB started messing with stains we've lost the great penetrating properties.
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    Re: Gel Stains

    I've used gel stain once...on bare wood. Didn't care for it.

    It wanted to "set up" too soon. I like more time to work with my stain.

    Using it as a glaze might be a different story.....I don't know.
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    Re: Gel Stains

    Most often people are using minwax stains.

    I find Minwax VERY thin and watery with not much coloring in it.

    In contrast - General finishes has a lot more coloring agent and a tad thicker.

    General Finishes is a little more difficult to work with but the results is much better.

    Don't try to do the entire cabinet at once, the stain will dry before you get to wipe it off (not good).

    Do it in sections.
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    Spray your stain on. It will speed things up a ton. It's the only way to do it on large pieces.
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    Re: Gel Stains

    Quote Originally Posted by Stretch View Post
    Spray your stain on. It will speed things up a ton. It's the only way to do it on large pieces.
    I use those cheap little plastic mister bottles. At about $1.50 each, they're disposable.
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    Re: Gel Stains

    Thanks for the responses guys. I'll forego the gel stain until I've had opportunity to experiment with it. But still, it would be interesting if there was an additive you could use to "thicken" thin stains with w/out messing with the color.
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