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Terri Blau of Arizona attended a Sweet-Stops' milk painting class to learn finishing techniques by Tattered Nest {Vintage Marketplace} and

Keep your spray gun operating at peak performance with General Finishes Brush & Gun Cleaner.

It is normal to see a bit of stain on the brush when applying the first coat of topcoat. Topcoats often pull a bit of color ont he first pass, but good preparation will minimize this.

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GF advises extra care and prep when applying any finish over laminate surfaces because they are specifically designed not to mar and therefore they are not very "sand-able", making adherence difficult. In addition to this non-permeable surface factor, Gel Stain is an oil based product, and it is more difficult to obtain proper drying characteristics over a dense manufactured surface such as laminate. Gel stains, as all wood stains, were formulated to go over raw wood which has an "open" surface and can absorb some of the stain.

Extender is a wetting additive used to improve flow and leveling, and increase the drying time of any water-based stain, topcoat or glaze, which is helpful in hot, dry conditions.  




Accelerator is an additive that decreases dry time of General Finishes water-based products, which is helpful in humid conditions where dry time is normally extended. Available in gallons and 16 ounce sizes.


General Finishes stains make beautiful glazes. Just add 10% High Performance Top Coat. 


Yes- just add 10% mineral spirits. You can add more mineral spirits, but test first. The mixture will thin out quickly.

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Arm-R-Seal can be thinned with up to 10% mineral spirits. Thinned Arm-R-Seal will be diluted but can be stored without risk of separation.

Yes. Denatured alcohol is the solvent used in Shellac. A 50/50 mix is commonly used when conditioning wood before staining.