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Will Mego

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#1 posted 02-02-2012 11:18 PM

There ARE some gel stains that are good, and have none of these issues. I don’t stain much, but I’ll do it on cheap wood, and I have a Varathane brand cherry gel stain which I’ve applied more or less generically to anything that needed a stain instead of a normal finish process, and it was about the easiest thing to apply…ever. Additionally, using a gel stain on pieces with lots of vertical surface areas reduces runs and drips very nicely.

So it sounds like you had a bad time with whatever brand you had to use, but those reading who’ve never used it shouldn’t be too terrified at using it, it’s actually pretty easy.

Now that said, those with a choice….I don’t like to use ANY stains, a possibly exception being as a glazing color over some shellac and under another finish. I’d prefer to just use the usual tung oil wiping varnish and hit it with wax afterwards.

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