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#1 posted 06-20-2013 02:58 AM

I’ve been using Bartley’s Gel Stains, and yes they are back in production. Everyone’s correct about trying to apply second and subsequent coats but I tend to load up a first coat and gently wipe off excess. DO NOT let it set, wipe on/wipe off and if it a large piece find a way to break it into manageable working sections. About 20-30 minutes later I’ll hand buff it with a clean rag.

I will come back after initial cure (5 or 6 hours) and touch up any lighter streaks or blotches with a small rag or sponge. For this I’ll dab a small amount on an the applicator and let it sit for a minute or so. Then lightly touch up the area and blend it in.

I think a key part of your question was whether to apply poly over it and the answer is that gel stain is not a top coat. It needs a top finishing coat of some kind. I’m not fond of poly on most things but that depends mostly on end use and not underlying treatment.

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