Finishing Gel Stains

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Forum topic by zindel posted 05-25-2011 10:21 PM 1317 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2011 10:21 PM

Okay guys sorry for the dumb question but i have a project that has a General Finish Gel Stain…found here color but whatever. Anyways, i was thinking of putting an oil based poly on top of that…will that cause any issues with the stain or do i need to seal it first? if so…with what?


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#1 posted 05-25-2011 10:45 PM

Hum i think i may have answered my own question through more research…should be okay but i guess correct me if im wrong.

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#2 posted 05-26-2011 01:27 AM

It is fine putting any top coat as long as you let the stain dry completely.

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#3 posted 05-27-2011 11:53 PM

I am using the General gel stain on a project – I second what Steven said. If you try to put varnish or water -based poly on too soon, you will pull some of the stain off the piece. As long as you wait until completely dry (I wait 24 hours), any topcoat will work.

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#4 posted 05-28-2011 12:45 AM

Yep, not a big problem there if you let it fully cure. Just be careful with wipe-on poly…the solvent in the finish can attack the gel stain if you are too aggressive, particularly in those areas where you might have left a little bit of the gel stain on the board. That’s one of the common uses for a gel stain…you can wipe-off more in some areas than others to even out mismatching woods.

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