General Finishes Gel Stain, a good deal

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Review by Andrew posted 1404 days ago 5282 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought some of this because I am refinishing a dresser ( saddly store bought). The dresser has been replaced by one I built. While it sat in my garage, it was noticed by a friend that wanted to relocate it to their home, but they wanted to have it refinished. So I sanded and sanded, then I dyed the unknown Malaysian wood to find out some sections did not take any dye at all, if I hadn’t sanded it myself, I would have thought there was excess glue in those places. So I put on a coat of shellac, and applied this stain. It gave a great coverage, and I was able to let it dry and touch up the lighter areas. Then a light sand, and a couple coats of poly, and done. Okay the product worked great. It is a polyurethane product so it dries tough, this is almost the first coat of poly, kind like a half coat. Also it doesn’t take much. I bought a pint of the Java color, and 2 coats and some touch ups, and I still have 2/3s of the can left.
Great productt.

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#1 posted 1404 days ago

Thanks for the review.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1404 days ago

Thank you for the review.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 1403 days ago

I too have used General Finishes Gel Stains and always with great success it is all I use now, just wish it came in smaller containers also because I sometimes don’t need much of a color.
I am taking a short seminar with Sheryl Monahan of General Finishes at a lathe club get together on November 6th and will post anything I learn new on LJ’s.

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#4 posted 1402 days ago

I appreciate your review, I have never used the General Finish Gel Stain but will now!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 1400 days ago

Thanks for the review. I’m a fan of General Finishes too

-- John from Horse Shoe

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#6 posted 1393 days ago

Never used the General Finishes Gel Stain, but was wondering how it would hold up to direct sunlight? I have an exterior dorr project coming up and would be open to something different. The project is on a historic district home.

-- Just hammering through life!!!

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