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jfynyson

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#1 posted 09-27-2017 02:45 PM

In case you’ve not used GF gel stain before on bigger pieces (ie not test pieces) then you have to really slop it on and have a ton of rags ready to remove it before it dries….if areas start to dry then add more. Very different that testing it on small pieces. I recently did a queen size platform bed and it came out great but it’s tough to keep the color even on large parts if not following what I’ve laid out below.

Only do one side or one big part at a time and wet it out first w/ mineral spirits to help it move/spread better. GF’s YouTube video tutorials also state this.

I found that blue shop/mechanic towels are best for this entire process. They make it slop on much faster than anything else I tried. Just evenly fold the towel so that when you wipe it over the surface you are not leaving a lot of streaks. The trick is to evenly remove the gel to the coloration you prefer.

When dry you do not have to do anything to be ready for your top coats but you must let it fully dry or else any mineral spirits in your top coat will dissolve the stain areas a bit and smear the color. Not a bad idea here to lock it in with a 50% cut of dewaxed shellac (Bulls Eye). Then be very careful when sanding the first & second top coats especially on corners/edges and the stain is easily sanded through.


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