Water base wood stains from General Finishes

General Finishes Water Based Wood Stains have all the advantages of oil based stains: they spread easily, can be repaired, can be blended effortlessly, and have plenty of open time. The thicker formula allows controlled penetration, which will reduce blotching on softer woods such as Aspen, Pine and Maple.

Recommended Accuspray HVLP atomizing sets: .043 -.051 tip and nozzle, No. 9 air cap.


Whitewash, Natural (clear finish), Country Pine, Golden Oak, Antique Oak, Pecan, Shaker Maple, Early American, Antique Cherry, Black Cherry, Rosewood, Walnut, Brown Mahogany, Espresso and Black. The digitized colors shown are for reference purposes only. Always test stain on a hidden area of the wood to verify desired color.


Recoat/Dry Time: 1-2 hours

Coats Recommended: 1 coat of stain is recommended - no more than two. If you apply multiple coats, add 10-20% topcoat to the stain to lock the color down. The other option when applying 2-3 coats of stain is to apply one coat of shellac before applying top coat. Allow to dry overnight then apply High Performance.

Cure Time:

Cleanup: Soap and warm water 

Coverage Per Quart: 150 sq. ft/qt

Recommended Use: Interior use only - wood applications

Primer Recommendation:

Sealer: GF's Natural Pre Stain conditioner is available but not required.

Topcoat Recommendation: High Performance

Spray Tip Sizes Recommended:

VOC: <100 g/l (.83 lb/gal) VOC varies according to color.



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.


Water Based Wood Stains Review 01/02/2011

4 years 46 weeks ago

When I saw "new & improved" on the water-based stains I was skeptical (figured you added more water like we did). Now my finish shop looks forward to using the product. Keep the improvements coming!
Rick Howenstine

John Loves GF Water Base Wood Stains

2 years 8 weeks ago

I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much I like your products, especially your water base stains. I'm a home owner and weekend project builder. I've been using your product for years and do like them very much. Over the years you have thickened your stain and this has made them even more easy to use and more forgiving. Thank-you for making an outstanding product. I love it even more that you are a local company.  John