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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. 

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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 - Antique Walnut
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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 Antique Walnut
4.6 / 5.0
65 Reviews
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Outstanding Product
Here's why I like the GF Gel Stain... for a beginner like me it's very forgiving. Applies beautifully. Just make sure you don't leave it on too long before wiping off. Applying 2 or 3 coats gives a wonderful richness to the wood.
July 5, 2020
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Nice warm brown
Used this over Antique Oak to darken the color a bit. Love GF gel stains. Easy to apply.
April 8, 2020
4 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Dresser finish
Goes on with ease with a rag. Used a foam brush to do initial spread.
Started with Candlelight them Antique Walnut to match what we wanted.
Started with Candlelight them Antique Walnut to match what we wanted.
March 6, 2020
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
August 29, 2019
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very easy to work with. Wipe on wipe off and let dry. Works very well on covering ‘80’s looking honey oak giving the counters a more current look.
May 11, 2019
1 year ago
Perfect color.
Super easy to apply. I've never worked with Gel Stain, but I'm glad I tried it. Perfect for the pine butcher block cabinet top and shelves I was installing in my laundry room. One coat was all it took to get the color I wanted.
Cabinet Top After
Cabinet Top Before
April 29, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
This stain worked perfect!
January 1, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Antique Walnut is Good
Antique Walnut is Good, (the Candlelite finish is way too dark. Online it looked like it would match my cherry furniture, but it is almost the same as the antique walnut. Too bad for that project). This product works very easily.
After. The finished product is actually much darker than this photo.
June 22, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great product!
I have used other General Finishes products in the past (Mostly Arm R Seal) with great success. I bought this gel stain to refinish some trim in my home. It worked really well and with minimal effort all the trim looks like it was originally walnut (it was golden oak).

I couldn't be happier and I think this is a great product to use to refinish. Personally I would stick to regular stain if I was working with raw wood. The Gel has a consistency of pudding and I prefer to work with a thinner material if I can. Just personal preference though.
June 7, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
You will love the gel stain products!
With each coat I used on my table I didn't know whether to stop or continue, I loved how each coat looked on the wood. So easy to work with. I used a foam brush and then lightly went over the stain with a dry cloth as recommended.
This is my before picture of the entire table.
Four coats of gel stain.  With each coat I loved the look of the stain!!  Highly recommend!
May 14, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Used previously with excellent results
Laura G on Aug 3, 2018
Have used General Finishes Java Gel Stain with good results so am trying the Antique Walnut.
LINDA H on Jul 13, 2018
Used previously with excellent results
Laura G on Aug 3, 2018
Highly recommended in Pin Interest
Yvonne R on Jul 27, 2018
Have used General Finishes Java Gel Stain with good results so am trying the Antique Walnut.
LINDA H on Jul 13, 2018
I like the rub stain much better than the paint on type, is is easier to control and I think it produces a richer color.
Sherri H on May 31, 2018
Read that this will be easy to use over oak cabinets.
Dennis E on May 10, 2018
Easy application, color.
Richard S on Apr 10, 2018
These gel stains are the very best I've ever used.
JCM Upstate NY on Apr 8, 2018
Have used this product before, want great results this is the product!
sandra q on Apr 7, 2018
I’ve used it before with excellent results.
Charlie M on Mar 24, 2018
I liked the color. I’m restoring some oak cabinets to a darker color.
Ray J on Feb 21, 2018
Wanting to give my old wood table a fresh face without have to purchase a completely different table.
Fran K on Feb 16, 2018
I have used Bartley Gel Stain before so felt this one would perform as I want
Ann Huff T on Jan 1, 2018
Good reviews
Michael D G on Dec 26, 2017
I have some wood pieces in my home that are already stained a light orangey brown with a clear coat that I would like to darken to give them a more updated look. Have seen this product mentioned several times on Pinterest and reviews are great so thought it would work for my purpose.
Vicki C on Dec 4, 2017
I use two parts black and one part antique walnut to give a dark, yet warm finish on prefinished oak. I have used at least 3 other brands of gel finishes and this is the ONLY one that dries hard enough to rub additional finishes on. I also wait until the cloth that I used to apply dries hard before a put an additional coat on.
Laura Shafer K on Nov 13, 2017
I love this product!!
Sherri K on Sep 1, 2017
looking for general finishes, seen it on you tube did some research and all the views say this is the best gel stain. looking for this stain everywhere.
Deborah D on Apr 23, 2017
like general finishes
steve w on Apr 4, 2017
Love this color
Tracy B on Mar 22, 2017
It was recommended to me by a professional furniture finisher.
Joyce H on Mar 14, 2017
Not as dark as the java, didn't want a black look and this looks great
Josh D on Mar 1, 2017
Going to refinish some pieces of antique furniture.
William L on Feb 21, 2017
PATRICIA A V on Feb 17, 2017
Previously purchased and liked my results.
Kevin S on Dec 30, 2016
dick on Dec 29, 2016
I just finished a project using General Finishes gel stain and the results were very good. This stain is a good compromise between being too fast to set (thick) and not thick enough to stay in place.
Ronald M on Dec 28, 2016
I love the finish of a wipe-on urethane. Looks flawless even for an amateur like myself.
Janice O on Nov 9, 2016
Thought I'd like this color, but not so much! I'm trying the brown Mahogany to see if it will be more what I'm wanting. Love the stains so I'll try again!
Felesa C on Nov 2, 2016
Have used in the past. Most intense color stain I've ever used.
Dick Q on Oct 23, 2016
cabinet refinish
Amie R on Sep 21, 2016
I love the gel stains. So much easier than traditional stains!! I won't use any other brand!
Stephanie W on Sep 19, 2016
good experience with this product
Roswell E on Sep 12, 2016
good reviews, and lots of DIY blogs.
John and Natasha C on Jul 27, 2016
Ease of application
ARNOLD S on Jul 14, 2016
Store salesman St. Louis
Rodman M on Jun 20, 2016
I have used this product before and it worked wonderfully.
Mariah S on Jun 17, 2016
heard it was good, first time buying
Lisa C on Jun 14, 2016
my daughter who is an interior designer introduced me this product. She uses it often and it is a very good product and easy to apply. I used it on my kitchen and bathrooms cabinet and looks like new,
Iraida C on Jun 2, 2016
Liked what all the reviews said. Sounds like an awesome product.
Julie L on May 30, 2016
I have used the gel stains before and they are easy and look good.
Deborah N on May 14, 2016
Finest stain products out there.
Chris M on May 10, 2016
I used this last year to update my kitchen cabinets and they look great - lots of compliments. Easy to use.
Janet M on May 9, 2016
Love the GF gel stains, gives your furniture a very rich look to the wood.
Melody W on May 2, 2016
We need it for touch up. It was used to antique stair railing and it is beautiful!
Patty W on Apr 25, 2016
the best on the market.. I have been using it for my business of Kitchen cabinet refinishing... What I love about the gel stains is I can mix different colors if I have to match... Love, love, love
Jeannette B on Apr 12, 2016
Looked like what I need
Gary M on Mar 30, 2016
The best stain ever. And the only stain for avoiding blotchy finishes, especially on pine...
Joanne S on Mar 29, 2016
Not as dark as Java but matches most old finishes on furniture I'm restoring. I control the depth of the color by how long I leave it on the wood.
Nona M on Mar 20, 2016
Color is a perfect match for my old art deco walnut-veneer furniture pieces.
Patti S on Mar 4, 2016
It matched what my wife wanted ;-).
Larry F on Feb 7, 2016
Highly recommended in Pin Interest
Yvonne R on Jul 27, 2018
I like the rub stain much better than the paint on type, is is easier to control and I think it produces a richer color.
Sherri H on May 31, 2018
I stained my stair banister with Java, but feel it's too dark- looks almost black. If I top coat it with antique walnut (which I used on my basement stair rail and love), will it even work, or is the java base just too dark?
Mark L on Feb 8, 2016
General Finishes Gel Stain, Antique Walnut
General Finishes Gel Stain, Antique Walnut
General Finishes Gel Stain, Java
General Finishes Gel Stain, Java
BEST ANSWER: A light stain over a dark stain will not show through. Had you done a light stain then a coat of dark over you would get a layered look or you could have mixed the light and dark stain together before using. At this point I would tell you to sand the banister and start over. You may have to sand to bare wood to get the look you want.
Can I use this product over my yellowish bamboo floors to change the color!!! Any color is fine I just cannot stand this yellow looking bamboo. I want something fast and easy. This product sounds great!!
Catherine E on Feb 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Not sure if you can see my picture on here but went over my table and completely changed the color.
Can you apply to furniture that has a polyurethane coat on it?
Jim A on Feb 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can...but I would sand it first. It will just give you a more even finish.
I have oak cabinets ,can I put 2 or 3 coats of walnut and do high lights with the jave. Would that look good?
Kitty P on Feb 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You could. Probably depends on more on your artistry than the product. I have used both the Java and Antique walnut. They aren't too different, Java has a bit more of a reddish hue to it. If it were me, I'd pick one or the other and go with it. I don't think you can make a wrong choice with those. Also, unless you are trying to go super dark, I don't think you'll need 3 coats. I did one coat over golden oak and it is darker than it would be with one coat on raw wood. 2 coats is probably the max of what you'll need.
Do you have to strip the existing finish, or can you go straight over the stain that’s on your piece?
ANN W on Apr 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You do not have to strip the old finish off use Gel Stain. However you need to clean and degrease surface and lightly scuff with a scotch brite pad or fine sand paper. Also depending on the type of finish and what condition it's in will make a difference in how the Gel stain will look. The are some how-to videos on the General Finishes web site that will be helpful for you.
Does it get darker the more layers you put on? I'd like to use the antique walnut over a light blue. I'm hoping for a rich brown (not too dark) color.
Juli T on Mar 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. The more coats you use, the thicker/darker it is. I consider gel stains like a stain/paint hybrid. The more you use, the thicker the coverage just like paint.
We are debating between Brown Mahogany and Antique Walnut. I can't tell by pictures online just how red the mahogany is. Does anyone know if it has an actual red tint to it? We don't mind a hit of red, but don't want it to look too red.
Michelle P on Jul 3, 2017
General Finishes Gel Stain, Antique Walnut
General Finishes Gel Stain, Antique Walnut
General Finishes Gel Stain, Brown Mahogany
General Finishes Gel Stain, Brown Mahogany
BEST ANSWER: Any of the gel stains that I have used are pretty accurate. Please consider:
1) The wood that is being stained
2) Bare wood versus one that was previously finish and sealed.
3) The time lapse from application to actual rub finish (ie: the longer it stands the deeper the color finish)
I hope this is of help - good luck
How much would I need to order if my dining room table is 80 inches long 43 inches wide ?
Annalena on Jul 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You could probably get by with a pint (small can) but I would suggest getting a quart in case you want to apply 2 stain coats for a deeper, fuller finish.
How much surface does 1/2 pint normally cover with 1 coating?
psal217050 on Jul 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The coverage is approximately 100 square feet per pint
Can this gel stain be used on outside front door? Read a blog in which blogger had and said it turned out beautifully. The can I ordered says for inside.
Lilly K on Oct 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can use this on an exterior door. I would suggest clear coating it with our Exterior 450 finish or some sort of exterior clear coat.
We say interior so customers don't use it as an exterior deck or siding finish.
Does the walnut color have a reddish tone to it and is it really dark ?
Nancy K on Aug 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The tone is not red at all. I would say, if you applied this to pine, you'd get a medium stain that you could darken with additional coats. I'd first precondition softwoods before applying. I was very impressed with what this stain could do to your average pine.
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