Oil Based Liquid Wipe-On Penetrating Wood Stains

Oil Based Wood Stains from General Finishes

Oil Based Wood Stains are made from the highest quality oils, resins, and pigments to ensure your finishing project will be an easy and rewarding experience.

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Colors:  White Mist, Honey, Honey Maple, Maple, Light Oak, Pecan, Salem, Danish Teak, Candlelight, Warm Cherry, Antique Cherry, American Walnut, Mahogany, and Spiced Walnut

Recoat/Dry Time: 6-12 hours

Coats Recommended: Normally 1, If a darker or deeper color is desired, allow the first coat of stain to dry for 24 hours, then apply a second coat of stain in the same manner. Do not apply more than 2 coats of stain.

Cure Time:  30 days

Cleanup:  Mineral spirits

Coverage: 200 sq ft/qt

Can Sizes: Pint, Quart, Gallon 

Recommended Use: Interior  Wood Applications

Primer Recommendation:  Oil Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner

Topcoat Recommendation:  General Finishes oil base Arm-R-Seal, Gel Satin or water based Enduro-Var, High Performance

Spray Tip Sizes Recommended: N/A

StorageAlways store product in temperature controlled space. Partially used oil based products will start to oxidize upon contact with air, forming a film or hardening. If you plan on storing partially used product, add Bloxygen to replace the air, seal tightly, and store upside down.

VOC: < 575 g/l (4.81 lb/gal)

Warning:  SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION This is a combustible product. Dispose of product soaked rags for all oil base products in accordance with local ordinances.


The digitized colors shown are for reference purposes only. Always test stain on a hidden area to verify desired color.



  • Stir stains well before and during use.
  • Test color on a hidden area to make sure it is the color you want.
  • All stains may be intermixed to create custom colors or lightened by adding Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.
  • Working in cool, damp places with temperatures below 60 degrees will not harm the finish but can substantially slow the dry time.
  • Spontaneous combustion in application rags is a very serious danger. Never leave application rags indoors. For complete disposal directions see instructions on can.


  • Clean rags and/or paper towels
  • Foam brushes or paint pad applicators work best for large surfaces
  • Sandpaper for raw wood (see SURFACE PREPARATION for grits)
  • '0000' steel wool and/or #320 or finer sandpaper for buffing in between Topcoats
  • Mineral spirits or waterless cream hand cleaner for clean up


  • Remove hardware, doors and drawers
  • For soft woods such as pine, aspen or alder sand first with #120 and finish with #150 or #180. For hardwoods such as oak, maple or birch, start with #100 and finish no finer than #120 in order to keep the grain open to accept stain.
  • There are two ways to fill nail holes: 1) fill the hole with a putty that will accept a stain and then stain; 2) apply the stain and one application of Topcoat, then apply a colored putty to match the stain.
  • If you have dents in the wood, dribble some water in the dent to expand the wood fiber, let dry and sand smooth. Repeat until the dent is gone.

(OPTIONAL) PRE-STAIN WOOD CONDITIONER Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner is designed to help hard to stain woods such as pine, aspen and cherry accept a stain more evenly. IMPORTANT NOTE: Pre-sealing the wood will lighten the color of your stain. It's important that you test the Pre-Stain and color first. A second coat of stain may be applied after the first coat has dried to achieve a darker color.

1. Apply Pre-Stain to raw wood with a clean cloth, foam brush, or paint pad applicator.
2. Wipe off the excess with a clean, dry cloth.
3. Allow Pre-Stain to dry 30 minutes before applying stain, but no longer than 2 hours.


  1. Stir stains well and test on hidden area.
  2. Wipe on stain with a clean cloth (old T-shirts work well), a foam brush, or paint pad applicator.
  3. Using a clean cloth, evenly wipe off the excess stain with grain.
  4. If a darker or deeper color is desired, allow the first coat of stain to dry for 24 hours, then apply a second coat of stain in the same manner but do not apply more than 2 coats of stain.
  5. Do not sand the stain coat. Go directly to the first Topcoat.

WARNING: TEST FOR COMPATIBILITY WHEN USING THIS PRODUCT WITH PRODUCTS FROM OTHER BRANDS. General Finishes products should be tested to your complete satisfaction before using. General Finishes will not be responsible for any failure if our products are used in conjunction with other brands of finishes. We do not test General Finishes products with those of another manufacturer and will not accept liability if there is a compatibility issue.