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rkwoods

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03-02-2017 04:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: gel stain general

I am refinishing a chair which looks like the wood is poplar. I tried some General Finish gel stain in antique walnut brushing it on with a foam brush and wiping it off with a rag. I watched a tutorial from General and they showed applying mineral spirits first and then following the procedure as mentioned above although I skipped the mineral spirits. Mine turned out really uneven and blotchy! I thought I read here where you just actually paint it on. Should I have done that? I was afraid it would be way too dark. I have three more chairs to do. The second one is ready for stain. Obviously I want them all to match. BTW, did I mention that I hate staining!!! Any suggestions, tips? I’ve done alot of stripping furniture and upholstering but I am a beginner at staining furniture so I need all the help I can get!


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#1 posted 03-02-2017 05:09 PM

Have you only applied the one coat of gel stain?
Applying in on Pine, I had to use 3 coats to get an even consitency

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#2 posted 03-02-2017 05:42 PM

Yes only one coat and sanded with 400 afterwards.

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#3 posted 03-02-2017 06:52 PM

Time i used gel stain i used wood conditioner before the gel stain on maple. gel stain is a pain in the ass though

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#4 posted 03-02-2017 07:56 PM


Put second coat on. Didn’t darken it much. Hate to change my method a lot because I’m afraid my other chairs won’t match.

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#5 posted 03-02-2017 08:35 PM

i hate it also ill never use it again,good luck.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 03-02-2017 09:13 PM

I forgot to mention that I used a condition as well before applying stain.

1st Coat:

2nd Coat:

3rd Coat:

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#7 posted 03-02-2017 11:44 PM

I even saw where you don’t have to strip it down to the bare wood….just lightly sand and apply the gel stain. I wonder if I should have done that? Maybe would be more even in color.

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#8 posted 03-03-2017 12:51 PM

Since you have stained one and want them to match, you have 2 choices – do the other 3 the same way, or strip the 1 you have done. The only way to really cover up the blotching is to get more color on the wood so it isn’t noticeable, which usually requires using toner coats. Hard to do well unless sprayed. Best bet is to strip and start again.

Some woods, poplar being one, are worse about blotching, and need a conditioner. This will explain it is and how to condition the wood.

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#9 posted 03-06-2017 04:10 AM

I purchased new casters for the four chairs. They were in bad shape. Well, I made the mistake of not removing the casters on all the chairs instead of just the first one. I went to remove the casters on the second one and they would not budge. Looks like someone epoxied them. I was so pissed that I didn’t even check the last two chairs to see if they were also epoxied in. So I am screwed because I needed four chairs to go with a table. Being wood I don’t think there’s anyway to dissolve epoxy.

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