Yes, each layer will darken your project even more. You can also start with a lighter color Gel Stain, and layer on darker colors See step by step photo instructions on how to layer Gel Stain Colors on the GF Blog. Click on the first photo and follow along with this photo tutorial as we finish a walnut table with 1 coat of Java Gel Stain over Nutmeg Gel Stain. Completed with 3 coats of Gel Satin Topcoat. Table design by John Harryman.