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EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Espresso

Item #
GRP6293_11
Rating:
90% of 100

This stain features the low-odor and easy cleanup of water-based stains, while emulating the easy spreading, blending, repairability and generous open times of oil-based stains. The blend of high-quality dyes and pigments provides rich, even color, and the heavier bodied formula allows controlled penetration, reducing blotching on hard-to-stain woods such as Aspen, Pine and Maple. Non-flammable and free of harsh chemicals and toxic vapors. Ideal for use with children's toys and furniture.

  • Apply liberally with a foam brush or a paint pad applicator.
  • Dry time is normally 2-4 hours under ideal conditions (70°F, 70% humidity).
  • Cooler temperatures/higher humidity will prolong dry time up to 8-10 hours.
  • If necessary, thin with 10-20% water.
  • Coverage: 150 sq. ft. per quart.

Note:Simply mix 10% to 15% (3-5 fl. oz. per qt.) of EF Extender with any water base stain or finish and mix well.

(1) EF Wood Stain - General Finishes - Espresso
More Information
Brand General Finishes
Manufacturer Part Number No
Weight 2.2000
Tech Spec
  • Suggested Application: foam brush, brush or spray
  • Suggested Surface Prep: Clean, dry. Raw wood sand with #120 grit and finish with #180-#220 grit.
  • Clean Up: Soap & Water
Tech Docs
Coverage No
Dry Time 1 hr, 2 hrs
Size Pint, Quart
Species Espresso
4.5 / 5.0
10 Reviews
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Great Stain
Great stain. Easy to work with
June 7, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Very good product !!! I used in my table chess board , my clock and my Aquarium , with a great results !!
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May 31, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Great Product
Turns up what I expect and dry quick!
March 23, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
General finish – Espresso wood stain
I love the espresso wood stain. I have been using it for many years. It's easy to use and the wear is long-lasting on the furniture.
March 11, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Small Game Stand
I recently completed a small stand for a machine in my home for a game room. The stand is alder finished with General Finishes Espresso stain. General Finishes products are likely the best on the market. Superior coverage and even penetration.
General Finishes Espresso EF Stain on Alder
General Finishes Espresso EF Stain on Alder
November 28, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
best solution for an even stain to pine.
The best application for pine and used the GF pre-stain to make it easier. Very smooth and even finish.
The pair of rocking horses I made for our twin Grand babies.
The pair of rocking horses I made for our twin Grand babies.
August 1, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Fantastic product!
This finish is wonderful to use. It doesn't easily drip and has an easy clean up!
July 30, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
General Finish Espresso
I found this stain to be superior to all of the other brands I have used. You simply cannot beat the quality! I'll use this brand everytime.
May 11, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great Stain, but being "Water-Based" has pros & cons.
I just used this Espresso stain on a very high-end commissioned Toy Chest, fabricated in Quarter-Sawn, English Brown Oak Veneer. It included a Marquetry Panel (1 of 10) with the Child's name in highly-figured Maple, which I had to mask off to keep it from being stained. The water-based stain did not lift the edges of the clear box-sealing tape I used to mask of the Maple "Lettering". That's certainly a pro.
The con or negative aspect of the stain is that it has a considerable "Grain-Raising" effect on the English Brown Oak veneer, which is a very highly grained veneer. Any attempts to even lightly sand the raised grain will result in "sand-through" of the dark stain to reveal the natural color of the veneer. A second application of the stain after sanding will result in having a piece of furniture that looks like it has been painted black, showing almost no grain.
Secondly, some of the curved surfaces were veneered using a "Heat-set" method, using Titebond II glue, which is, of course, is a water-based adhesive that can "bubble" if too much "water moisture" penetrates the veneer. It can be re-adhered using an iron with parchment paper in between the iron & the veneer. You just best see any bubbles prior to the first applications of clear finish. This doesn't happen with an Oil-Based stain.
The stain does yield a nice consistent color and that is very important for a dark stain like Espresso. I'm sure I'll use it again, hopefully on solid stock instead of veneer.
February 19, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Not impressed
Difficult to apply, not like other stains I have used in the past.
February 11, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
A request of my customer
LOREN P on Jun 20, 2018
ease of use
Joe M on Jul 14, 2017
A request of my customer
LOREN P on Jun 20, 2018
easy of use, quick dry time. run an etsy store so time is important and this stain wipes off quick and provides quality finish.
KEITH N on Mar 29, 2018
ease of use
Joe M on Jul 14, 2017
General Finishes is my favorite brand of stains & Rockler is where I choose to purchase. They have quick shipping.
Michelle H on Jun 2, 2017
Client wanted this color. Great product!
Mark S on Mar 16, 2017
To give at least one of two clydesdale rocking horses that I made from pine a darker coat for my twin grand babies. One has this dark coat and the other a much lighter one.
Roy W on Feb 8, 2017
Easy to apply.
Betty P on Oct 5, 2016
I've always had exceptional results with General Finishes products, and will continue to buy them.
Don O on Mar 6, 2016
I've used it several times before, just simply the best expresso stain you can find, and it's easy to clean.
John Q on Mar 1, 2016
true expresso color
KEN W on Nov 30, 2015
Easy to use, easy clean up, covers in one coat,fast drying and little to no smell. Great product
Kurt B on Nov 29, 2015
I have used it on previous projects
Edward A on Nov 21, 2015
No better paint than General Finishes brand.
Danny R on Oct 28, 2015
This is the best stain for cabinets that I have ever used!
Rhianna P on Jul 2, 2015
I'm a wine rack maker and these stains work well and quick to work with.
KEITH N on May 15, 2015
easy of use, quick dry time. run an etsy store so time is important and this stain wipes off quick and provides quality finish.
KEITH N on Mar 29, 2018
General Finishes is my favorite brand of stains & Rockler is where I choose to purchase. They have quick shipping.
Michelle H on Jun 2, 2017
When I stain open pore wood like QS white oak, once the stain has dried you can see some "bare wood" showing through in the open grain. I am assuming that the water is exposing more "new" fibers in the grain. Adding more stain darkens the color which I do not want. How can I deal with these tiny open areas? I have sanded to 220 grit, and also sprayed water on the wood to pre raise the grain and then lightly sanded with 220 again. I have applied with rag, brush, foam and HVLP with same results. Do I lightly tint a water based top coat? use grain filler with tint? Any ideas?
David B on Dec 16, 2016
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BEST ANSWER: One of the major things your doing wrong is sanding to 220 you have burnished the wood so the the stain won't take. Go back and begin sanding at about 100 or 120 and don't sand any finer than 180, 150 would be even better. Now try applying your stain again you should have much better results. If not try calling General Finishes to see if they have any better suggestions.
Would the Espresso color be a close match to Ikea Black-Brown furniture?
David W on Jul 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think it would be fairly close, but would depend on how you apply the finish. I apply two coats, adding the 2nd coat within 5 minutes of the first. This provides a more even finish, but does darken it a bit. I have a piece of Ikea Black-Brown furniture and just compared it to something I finished with espresso. The Ikea streaks are a little more yellow/brown while the espresso has a hit of reddish/brown. But it's very subtle and if you are a few feet away from the piece, it is hard to distinguish a difference.
does this espresso stain match "baby Italia" furniture espresso stain?
bill a on May 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Bill A - ,
Sorry Bill A, but I don't know what 'baby italia' furniture espresso stain is, however I do know that this is a great product, Again, 'however', if you want the result to be 'espresso black', don't wipe off the stain after applying it. If you wipe it off, which is typical, the result will be brown. Again, simply apply the stain liberally with a brush and let it dry without wiping for a good black result.
Phil
can you use the Exterior 450 stains to create custom colors like we do in the RTM product group? Is there a cross-over formula for the 450 group to the RTM chips?
Walter B on Mar 29, 2016
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