Yes- this is not a good place to take short cuts. Gel Stain gets its deep rich hue from a large amount of colorants. Seal the stain with a topcoat before applying glaze to prevent "color pull" when applying glaze. You will get an additional benefit - the glaze will glide easier over the surface allowing you greater control of how much color you want to use. Be sure to wait 72 hours when applying water based finishes over oil based finishes.
GF is ecstatic to present Saw Nail and Paint as our first Featured Blogger of 2017!
Founded in 2014 by Susan Handler, Saw Nail and Paint is a furniture restoration business and blog. Susan is passionate about thrifting, interior design, and creating something beautiful from a forgotten find.
Susan says, "General Finishes products are easy to use and consistently provide a beautiful, durable and professional finish."
Today we'd like to share with you this gorgeous table that was built and finished by Marion Lovett for his own home. This project was quite the challenge considering the table weighs in at about 800-900 lbs! It is 8" around and made of old oak barn wood. The bottom was timberframed in the traditional fashion with mortise, tenon and pegs. All General Finishes products were used to acheive this "medieval look".
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.