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General Finishes Java Gel Stain Does It Again!
Bathroom Vanity Redecorated with Java Gel Stain
Filing Cabinet Revival with General Finishes Java Gel Stain
Heidi Martin used General Finishes Java Gel Stain to update an outdated oak filing cabinet. This shows that Java Gel Stain is for so much more than just kitchen cabinets. We'd love to see your projects made with General Finishes products! Tag us with #GeneralFinishes or share with us through our website or our facebook page.
Coffee Table Gets Classy with General Finishes Java Gel Stain
We love the look of this coffee table done by Joe Stromski. He took General Finishes Java Gel Stain and used a sprayer to apply the finish. He also used Enduro Pre-Cat to seal in that great color. Joe is a local Wisconsinite and we're so proud of his finished product! Thanks for sharing Joe! We'd love to see your projects made with General Finishes products! Tag us with #GeneralFinishes or share with us through our website or through our Facebook page
What is the best clear finish to bring out the natural color and characteristics of the wood grain?
Oil and water based finishes do not mimic one another regarding highlighting the figure of the wood. Oil based products will generally achieve more color and definition. However, you can use certain products together to achieve your objective by using oils for color followed by water base finishes for clarity.
What pre-existing surfaces can I apply General Finishes Gel Stain (AKA One Coat Wonder) to?
Creating custom glaze colors, pastel color washes and varnishing techniques
Spray Your Finishes for Faster Production Time!
As The Distressed Fleur De Lis commented, "#GeneralFinishes Milk Paint can be used in a sprayer so I thought I would give it a try. It turned a 2 hour paint job into 15 minutes! Definitely a time saver!" And Mamye from The Distress Fleur de Lis is right! So what sprayer should you use?
What Top Coat Should I Use?
It depends on your objectives; do you want a clear finish, fast dry time, interior or exterior use, a certain sheen, want to spray, etc.?
Be Careful What You “Wax” For
Should I use a topcoat or a wax over my paint or stain finish?
The GF gang gets this question all the time.
How black is General Finishes Corporation's Lamp Black Milk Paint?
Well it is BLACK, not grey, not charcoal, just black. On a history note, Lamp black was traditionally produced by collecting soot, also known as lampblack, from oil lamps. Thank goodness you don't have to do that anymore, just pour General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint from the can!
Do I need to use a top coat or wax with General Finishes Milk Paint?
The answer is no, General Finishes Milk Paint does not require sealing, especially for lower use pieces such as a coffee table. General Finishes Milk Paint is a high tech mineral based paint created using modern technology. We recommend a top coat if you want to increase the sheen or for more durability in high traffic areas such as a table top or kitchen cabinets. Waxes are optional, and are usually used for style and design purposes. General Finishes prefers top coats over waxes for durability and performance reasons.
How do I remove the tobacco smell from a piece of furniture I am refinishing?
A coat of Shellac may help to remove tobacco smell from furniture. If that doesn't work try this:
Kitchen Cabinet Transformations
These kitchen cabinet transformations come from Cabinet Refresh. They are based in the Los Angeles area and work almost exclusively with General Finishes products. Their work is top notch! Here are a few examples of their amazing talent. The first kitchen was refinished with General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint. It barely looks like the same kitchen!
2014 National Hardwood Flooring Conference
The National Hardwood Flooring Conference was held in Nashville, TN this year. General Finishes was there to show off their new water based Pro Floor Stain. With this product you can stain and seal in one day, as it has a 3-5 hour drying time in between coats. How great is that!? It also has no strong vapors, no combustion concerns and since it's waterbased, clean up is easy. Pro Floor Finishes are also available through trained flooring professionals.
Do Glaze Effects Require a Top Coat?
Refinishing Furniture in the Winter. How Cold is Too Cold?
Refinishing furniture in a space that is below or above the 65*-75* F range can lead to problems, and a space below 55* F is definitely too cold. One issue caused by cold temperatures is the development of dimples in the finish called "Orange Peel".
The colder your space it is, the longer you have to wait between coats. Cold temperatures slow the dry time and affect how quickly the finish will level and harden. Our easy rule of thumb is; if it's cold enough to wear a sweater it's too cold to apply a water based finish.
Do Gel Stains Need A Top Coat?
ANSWER: All stains need a top coat. Think of
stain as the color and top coat as the sealer and protectant.
Does GF Milk Paint Have to be Sealed?
Milk Paint is durable enough to stand up to low or medium wear without top coat.
Which GF Top Coat Should I Use?
It depends! Read on, or watch this GF video demonstration: http://youtu.be/torOAQy91q4
*Here are the main questions to ask yourself: