Water Based Wood Stains General Finishes

Water Based Wood Stains have all the advantages of oil based stains: they spread easily, can be repaired, blend 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.

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White Wash


Country Pine

Golden Oak

Antique Oak


Shaker Maple

Early American

Antique Cherry

Black Cherry



Brown Mahogany


Weathered Gray


The digitized colors shown are for reference purposes only. Always test stain on a hidden area 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: .043 - .051 tip and nozzle, No. 9 air cap.

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

Viscosity: Fairly thick semi-gel


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

5 years 5 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 19 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