Determine the color you want, choose your stain or paint and follow our application instructions. You are on your way to the perfect finish! Create customized designer looks and save thousands of dollars, applying our finishes on real wood furniture from your local unfinished furniture retailer.

GF Design Center

In General Finishes Design Center, you will find a plethora of finishing techniques and tips for all your furniture projects. Whether you want the bold, luscious colors of waterbase paints and stains, the look of aged wood that has acquired a patina from generations of use or the classic traditional wood tones of our wipe-on oil base finishes, we have the finish for you. You can create customized designer looks and save thousands of dollars, applying our finishes on real wood furniture from your local General Finishes retailer. And it's all made in America, right in Wisconsin.

Oil Base Finishing Tips

Applying Wipe-on Oil Based and Gel Oil Based Finishes General Finishes offers a complete line of oil based, water based and wax products. Application techniques differ between oil based products and water based products. Oil based gel products require different application techniques than liquid oil based finishes - both produce equally beautiful, lustrous wood tone finishes. Use the information below to assist you in selecting the best finish for your project and finishing style.

Preparation & Sanding

Begin with the end in mind Wood finishing is fun and easy. Don't rush through finishing a piece of furniture as if it is a race. Imagine how it will look finished in your home in living color. Set up a good prep area. Turn on some tunes. Get creative and enjoy the journey. Make something that will bring beauty to your life, save you money, and have fun in the process. Take an a little extra timeto get a good result.

Water Base Finishing Tips - Hand Application

Hand Application of General Finishes Water Based Wood Stains Always stir the contents well. Stirring reduces the thickness of the stain and distributes pigments that may have settled to the bottom of the can. It is essential to apply a wet, liberal amount of stain with a foam brush or a latex paint pad applicator to insure easy workability.

How to Create Faux Finishes Using Water Base Finishes

Decorative Finishes- Distressing, Antique Finishes, Faux Marble and More Distressed Antique Finishes Faux Marble