You can apply Gel Stain
to MDF, stained surfaces and most painted surfaces, including milk paint, chalk paint and latex paint. Sanding down to raw wood would be the very best practice but the following is the most common prep - it only takes a few minutes:
FIRST: clean your project with a Scotch Brite pad and a 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and water.
SECOND, sand with 150 or 180 grit, we recommend the Softback Sanding Sponges, not messy and they last forever. Sanding is critical to the success of every finishing project as it further cleans the surface and opens up the grain to improve the adhesion of the new finish. The glossier the original finish is, the more important is to sand to open up the surface.
GEL STAIN OVER MDF. Clean the surface. Because MDF is not as absorbent as natural wood, let the piece dry for a couple of days in-between coats and before applying top coat. For top coats, we recommend water base High Performance
if you want a clear coat with quick dry time or Arm-R-Seal
oil based polyurethane if you want more ambering qualities. The High Performance...
A glaze is a small amount of colorant carried in a clear base (such as Clear Glaze Effects or High Performance Top Coat), and a color wash is a small amount of colorant carried in a white base (such as Whitewash Waterbased Wood Stain or Winter White Glaze). For a varnished look, increase the ratio of colorant to the clear base.
- For translucent color hues, any of our Milk Paints can be mixed with Clear Glaze Effects Base. We recommend a 50|50 mix of base and paint. You can further increase the color palette by mixing 2 or 3 Milk Paint colors together before adding the clear base.
- You can mix GF's Glaze effects, such as Pitch Black and Winter White to make any shade of grey.
- For a wood toned glaze, use Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects or apply any EF Waterbased Wood Stain directly over the painted surface. Finish off with several coats of High Performance.
- Adding Milk Paint to white bases such as water based Whitewash Wood Stain or...
Heidi Martin used General Finishes Java Gel Stain to update an outdated oak filing cabinet. This shows that Java Gel Stain is for so much more than just kitchen cabinets. We'd love to
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We love the look of this coffee table done by Joe Stromski. He took General Finishes Java Gel Stain and used a sprayer to apply the finish. He also used Enduro Pre-Cat to seal in that great color. Joe is a local Wisconsinite and we're so proud of his finished product! Thanks for sharing Joe! We'd love to see your projects made with General Finishes products! Tag us with #GeneralFinishes or share with us through our website or through our Facebook page
Anna Wilbur utilized General Finishes Java Gel Stain to completely transform her kitchen. It doesn't even look like the same kitchen. It's so modern! Anna then sealed them off with General Finishes Satin Finish. The results are top quality!
Magenta And Lime made this bathroom vanity a real looker with General Finishes Java Gel Stain and Arm-R-Seal Top Coat. Check out Magentaandlime.net and get inspired to do your own project. We'd love to see your projects made with General
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Jaret Cameron of Ancom Custom Cabinets, www.ancomcabinets.com, was a first time user of our water based stains. He used General Finishes Espresso water based stain and High Performance Top Coat to bring this grandfather clock back to life. Jaret was super excited about this product. "It really saved me", he said. Thanks for sharing this great project!
Walter Ambrose sure is talented. He used General Finishes Wood Turners Finish to seal his wood turned vase. All it needs now are some beautful flowers!
Carrie Seitz used General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain to restyle this side table. She really kicked it up a notch. We're so glad that Carrie thinks our Gel Stain is a "great product". Check out Carrie on Pinterest and see what else she's been up to.
This stylish bench was once an antique bed frame. Patricia from Adornment used General Finishes Persian Blue Milk Paint for a very creative and lovely make over. It's perfect! Check out Adornment's facebook page, and see what other great things they are working on.