In our newest video Chris Adams and Tom Monohan of General Finishes demonstrate how to update your existing cabinets with GF Water Based Wood Stain and Dye Stain with a technique called toning. Toning does not require any messy stripping or sanding. It involves combining a stain with a topcoat to create a transparent mix to apply to your previously finished cabinets.
General Finishes is proud and honored to be featured in the August 2015 issue of Woodworker's Journal. Michael Dresdner, a nationally known finishing expert, highlights the advantagous of GF water based products in his article (below) titled "Water Based Coatings".
"Water-based coatings are becoming more popular, and there are good reasons why. Manufacturers have kept what was good but fixed a host of old problems.
Water Based Dye Stain penetrates deep into the wood and magnifies the grain beautifully. It also provides your project with more depth and color vibrancy than any other GF stain. This product is excellent for highly figured woods like mahogany, walnut, or birds eye maple.
Refinishing furniture in a space that is below or above the 65*-75* F range can lead to problems, and a space below 55* F is definitely too cold. One issue caused by cold temperatures is the development of dimples in the finish called "Orange Peel".
The colder your space it is, the longer you have to wait between coats. Cold temperatures slow the dry time and affect how quickly the finish will level and harden. Our easy rule of thumb is; if it's cold enough to wear a sweater it's too cold to apply a water based finish.