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General Finishes Gel Stain, American Oak, Quart
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General Finishes Gel Stain, American Oak

Item #
GRP11244_4
Rating:
98% of 100

The foolproof finishing system! Just wipe on with a clean cloth and you're ensured of professional quality results without brush marks. Stains dry to the touch in minutes. If you want a darker color, apply another coat of stain in only 6 hours. Once you're satisfied with the color, apply General Finishes's satin gel topcoat finish. Special formula repels dust between coats. No sanding needed between coats and no unpleasant smell. 


Note: Coded as a flammable substance by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Can not be shipped by air or through the postal system


How To Apply the Oil Base Gel Stain

Applying the gel stain is a simpler process than traditional stains that require sanding between coats. Before you apply your stain however you should prep your piece to ensure the stain covers correctly.

  1. Clean the surface you plan to stain
  2. Sand the surface. The suggested grit is 120-150 grit, you want to make sure that any existing finish that might be peeling is removed so the stain applies to the actual project surface.
  3. Apply the gel stain liberally with either a cotton cloth, natural bristle brush or a poly foam brush. (Be sure to test a small area of your project to make sure it is the finish you want and that the application method you've chosen is working well for you.)
  4. Wipe off the gel stain going with the grain using a clean dry cotton cloth or high quality paper towels.
  5. Let it dry, between coats give you project a chance to dry. Drying time varies based on the size and nature of your project as well as the environment it's located in. Normally drying time ranges from 6 to 12 hours.
  6. Repeat Steps 3-5 IF you want more coverage or you want a deeper/richer finish.

Suggested Topcoat

Topcoat can be used as a sealer over paints and stains or as a clean finish. If you want to use a top coat the recommended topcoat is Oil Based Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat (sold separately).

(1) Gel Stain - General Finishes - American Oak
More Information
Brand General Finishes
Tech Spec
  • Use: Interior
  • Coating Needs: Normally 1 to 2 (additional coats can deepen the stain color)
  • Ideal Drying Conditions: 70° and 70% humidity
  • Cure Time: 14 Days
  • Application Method: Wipe on, foam brush, natural bristle brush or paint pad applicator.
  • Clean-Up: Mineral Spirits
  • Coverage: 200sq ft/qt
  • Recommended Uses: Any wood project or fiberglass doors
Dry Time 6-12 hrs
Size Quart
Species American Oak
4.9 / 5.0
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Best stain ever
I made a table with pine wood and stained it to look like oak
I made a table with pine wood and stained it to look like oak
July 28, 2019
Purchased
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Really nice stain
I really like how this stain colored the wood evenly across some oak and birch wooden drapery rod projects I needed to finish. Definitely would buy again.
July 5, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
General Finishes Gel wiping stain
Faniastic product. Applied to stairway railings & posts with a rag. Wipes off beautifully. Did 2 coats to desired color darkness . Highly recommend.
January 24, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
General Finishes sets the standard for Gel Stain
I had never seen this color before, almost the tone of aged Golden Oak. Goes on like a dream, dries fast, takes topcoat great. What's not to like? Well...make sure the unused portion is sealed up really tightly or it will skim over with a thick crust.
December 29, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Very easy to use. Very forgiving.
August 8, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
A great product! I was trying to match a color of wood in our 100 year old house and this was perfect!
March 7, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Excellent workabilility.
Used it to refinish mahogany entry door. Blended areas perfectly that needed sanding down to bare wood with top of door that only needed to be buffed smooth. Came out a little darker than expected but looked great. Topped with 2 coats Man-o-War marine spar varnish.
July 2, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Favorite brand
Great color. Easy app. The only brand to use.
June 11, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Very please!
Love this stain; beautiful, rich color and very easy to work with! The Java color is also gorgeous!
April 2, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Excellent
Great color. Great product, easy to work with
December 23, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Have used in the past and like using it
Robert K on Mar 9, 2018
I have used this product in Java and loved it on the hand rails on our new house.
Dawn D on Feb 16, 2017
Have used in the past and like using it
Robert K on Mar 9, 2018
Yes this stain before, loved the effects
Patricia B on Mar 9, 2017
I have used this product in Java and loved it on the hand rails on our new house.
Dawn D on Feb 16, 2017
Gel stain is the best thing since peanut butter. Easily applied. Stain & finish in one step. Be patient when letting it dry. I like to use a finish wax as last step. Makes me look like a pro.
Charlton M on Feb 16, 2017
I plan to stain a piece made from white oak and hope "American Oak" matches some existing furnitre.
Joeblade on Jul 31, 2016
I Like gel stains
DadGran on Jul 8, 2016
General finished is the best gel stain on the market
Craig C on Jun 4, 2016
Same reason as the Java stain.
Glendon N on Jun 4, 2016
Too yellowy for my taste but did the job
Anne N on Dec 19, 2015
I was working on some birdseye maple that needed to match up with some old (1830) safe drawers...worked well.
Paul D on Dec 15, 2015
Past use.
DONALD L G on Nov 2, 2015
General Finishes gel stains are easy to work with and I have been pleased with the results.
Gail C on Sep 20, 2015
Have used this brand before and found it to make staining easy.
Carl C on Aug 10, 2015
Had good reviews.
Harold B on Jul 19, 2015
I love the gel stains by General Finishes
Debbie W on May 24, 2015
friend likes it
Sharon S on May 9, 2015
Yes this stain before, loved the effects
Patricia B on Mar 9, 2017
Gel stain is the best thing since peanut butter. Easily applied. Stain & finish in one step. Be patient when letting it dry. I like to use a finish wax as last step. Makes me look like a pro.
Charlton M on Feb 16, 2017
I want to use a lighter color (oak) over a darker color (mahogany). Do I need to sand down to the bare wood or is this product like a cover all?
A shopper on Aug 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't believe that you would like the result of using a light color Gel Stain over a mahogany-finished piece. The gel is not a 'paint'-like finish. It is a gel color stain that is applied and almost immediately wiped off to allow the beauty and grains of the wood to show. Bare and sanded woods work best and let this product to do what it is supposed to do.
I want to stain red oak and cherry with your products. I do not want blotches. Should I use a sealer before staining to even out the stain color? If yes, your recommendations, please.
John D on Mar 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have always used a shellac sealer before using these gel stains. It allows you a lot of flexibility to correct things. The gel stays on the surface that way. It can be a little tricky to wipe the gel on evenly over the shellac but I don't think everything has to be perfectly even.
WOULD THIS BE A GOOD CHOICE TO REFINISH AN EXTERIOR FIBERGLAS DOOR ?
A shopper on Sep 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can but you should use a final finish of spar varnish. That should last, if in the sun, approximately 3 years.
Make sure you sand and clean your door before any finishes go on.
I have a brand new mirror that has a light brown frame. It has a very matte finish. I want it a darker shade. Will this stain work? The way the mirror is framed it will be hard to test.
Kathleen P on May 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No way to tell without knowing what material your frame is made of. Also, "matte" is not a shade, it is level of gloss. Do you want your frame shinier, or darker, or both?
Can this be used on fiber glass door? What is best thing to use for application? Lambs wool pad? Or not for oil base?
Stefanie F on May 23, 2019
Prop 65 WarningWARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Ethylbenzene, Crystalline silica, respirable powder, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer. www.P65Warnings.ca.gov