Bartley Gel Stains -- acceptable replacement?

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Forum topic by Blayne posted 07-29-2010 11:50 PM 6313 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2010 11:50 PM

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I recently read an article named Mission Oak Finish by Jeff Jewitt on The Wood Whisperer site. I want to try the colors labeled as samples 4 and 5 in the article, and they call for Bartley Gel Stain, walnut color.

I searched around on the Web but could not find anyplace selling this particular stain. Today I found an article on the Popular Woodworking site that states the company that produced the stain for Bartley declared bankruptcy and has ceased production.

Does anyone have suggestions for suitable replacements that I can use in the recipes from the Jewitt article?


-- Blayne -- Stillwater, OK

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#1 posted 07-30-2010 09:16 PM

I, too, wanted to try the Mission Oak Finish suggested by Jeff Jewitt and looked for Bartley gel stains. Came up with the same problem you are having. I settled for MinWax Walnut Gel Stain and it has worked pretty well. Still in finishing or I would post a picture for you but I think it looks very similar to the image on the article you read that used the Reddish Brown Transtint due.


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#2 posted 07-30-2010 10:45 PM

You might want to contact Bartleys and see if they intend to produce more Walnut gel stain.

Here is their link:

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#3 posted 07-30-2010 10:53 PM

I contacted them yesterday by email, but have not received a response yet.

-- Blayne -- Stillwater, OK

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#4 posted 07-31-2010 01:05 AM

A few minutes ago I looked more closely at the “Bartley Buzz” July newsletter I received recently, and this caught my eye:

Update on Bartley Finishing Products

We are sorry to tell you that we are still waiting on our 2nd shipment of the Bartley Stain & Varnish from Seagrave Coatings. They have assured us they are working on suppling us and hope to ship it soon. We apologize for the continued delay.

So, maybe there still is hope that I will be able to find it someday soon!

-- Blayne -- Stillwater, OK

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#5 posted 07-31-2010 04:27 AM

You can substitute General Finishes Brown Mahogany for the Bartley’s Walnut. Don’t be put off by the word mahogany, just use it; it’s a dead ringer for the Walnut.

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#6 posted 07-31-2010 01:58 PM

Awesome! Thanks, Edziu. If Bartley doesn’t come through soon, I’ll give the GF stain a try.

-- Blayne -- Stillwater, OK

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#7 posted 08-05-2010 04:42 PM

I got a phone call from the Bartley folks yesterday. They said that a new batch of their stains had come in and they would be shipping mine today.

-- Blayne -- Stillwater, OK

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