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General Finishes Gel Stain, Black, 1/2 Pint
General Finishes Gel Stain, Black, 1/2 Pint Item #: 50230
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General Finishes Gel Stain, Black, Quart
General Finishes Gel Stain, Black, Quart Item #: 53866
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General Finishes Gel Stain, Black

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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.


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.
  • Clean the surface you plan to stain
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Wipe off the gel stain going with the grain using a clean dry cotton cloth or high quality paper towels.
  • Let it dry; between coats give your 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.
  • 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 topcoat the recommendation is Oil Based Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat (sold separately).

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    (1) Gel Stain - General Finishes - Black
    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
    Technical Documents
    Coverage 200 sq ft
    Dry Time 6-12 hrs
    Species Black
    WARNING: This product can expose you to Benzene, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. This product can expose you to chemicals including Carbon black, respirable powder, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Toluene, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
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    Old ranch house updates
    I love general finish. I have used it on multiple projects and recommend it every opportunity I have to do so.
    Updated all of the doors in my house. They all look fabulous. My friends and family impressed.
    I refinished an old door to use as a table but I hope you can see the window seal. They look great!
    Made a huge difference on my old kitchen cabinets. I love general finish
    Looks fantastic on these old wooden counter tops
    March 20, 2019
    Purchased
    8 months ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Beginner
    Very Good Gel Stain
    I used to re-coat some furniture of a different color. Quality is very good and easy to apply. Very satisfied.
    May 12, 2018
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    nice stuff
    i used this over some trim that was stained years ago with provincial color ( not poly) i was trying to give it an antiqued look and it worked great. It dries pretty quick so be ready to wipe if you don't want a lot of coverage
    April 6, 2018
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    worked very well; low odor
    October 23, 2017
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Beginner
    Used this on my sister kitchen cabinets and she absolutely love them. Looks as if they was custom made.
    May 6, 2017
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Intermediate
    Easy to apply. Used a foam brush and not socks/rags as noted on some websites.
    Stained the table to match my chair legs
    Stained the table to match my chair legs
    March 29, 2017
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Beginner
    Love It!
    Tried another brand of gel stain from a big brand hardware store and did not come close to doing the job. I decided to try General Finishes and thought it was going to be the same after doing the first coat. However, I waited a few days and restained and it was amazing! It was used on kitchen cabinets-mainly the top of the heavy used cabinets-the pull out one for the garbage and the cabinets below the sink.
    February 2, 2017
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Beginner
    GF Black Gel Stain Guest Bath Vanity
    Love the GF gel stains. Never stained anything before this was a first! We did the guest Bathroom as a start now all 3 baths are done. Both the Java and Black are amazing. My husband decided to sand and do a third coat,( after the second it was fine) because that's just him.. The finished product gave our rooms the updated look the longed for.
    Guest bathroom vanity.. 3 coats w/poly gloss
    Guest bathroom vanity.. 3 coats w/poly gloss
    November 20, 2016
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Beginner
    Provides good coverage. Gloves a must.
    October 17, 2016
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    Great product!
    September 9, 2016
    Purchased
    over 3 years ago
    Woodworking Experience:
    Beginner
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rockler Store
    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
    to cover up a botch
    roger j on May 29, 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
    want to refinish table with stain finish to match finish on new chairs.
    Jill M on Aug 17, 2017
    to cover up a botch
    roger j on May 29, 2017
    Its awesome
    Stefanie B on Mar 8, 2017
    is popular now
    Toan N on Feb 17, 2017
    Great product to update our kitchen cabinets
    Brad N on Dec 26, 2016
    Because it has very good reviews everywhere on the internet.
    Suelen B on Dec 2, 2016
    hoping for dark coverage on different types of wood-uniformity
    Justin C on Nov 3, 2016
    exterior entry door
    Luis P on Sep 29, 2016
    I needed an opaque black stain and GF Black Gel Stain was the trick. Invest in a little practice on scrap to get the hang of a wiping gel stain before you touch your actual project.
    Gary B on Sep 22, 2016
    it works great
    tom m on Aug 9, 2016
    Recommended by a friend.
    Jennifer P on Jul 11, 2016
    I ordered the Java gel stain from your company and received great service. I loved the product and used it to refinish a table and chairs. I intend to use the black stain on office furniture.
    Tina P on May 2, 2016
    Needed a black paint and I had not tried General Finishes before. Pleased with the results.
    COASTAL W on Mar 10, 2016
    Highly recommended by online reviews!
    Kami O on Feb 5, 2016
    Because some people who do furniture and cabinets professionally told me this was the best product.
    Geneva L on Jan 20, 2016
    Was looking to make our Oak Banister Black and everyone seemed to recommend the gel stain.
    Mindy F on Nov 9, 2015
    I have used this gel stain on my kitchen cabinets and kitchen table. It is so easy to use and looks fantastic!
    Jenny S on Sep 13, 2015
    This is a very good stain and is easy to apply, covers Ash very will, with a white gel stain over a sealer it realy makes the grain POP.
    Blazing on Sep 10, 2015
    I have used it before and I use it like paint to get a nice black Color on our Annie Sloan Chalk Paint* projects
    Judy P on Aug 21, 2015
    It is the best stain out there and so easy!
    Stephanie C on Jul 23, 2015
    This is the primary reason we made an order at all. We could not find gel stain locally and looked online to find; this was the best price we found.
    DeLanna M on Jul 19, 2015
    This gel stain is great for carved cnc lettering on signs and plaques. Brush in, wipe off, then sand away surface areas.
    Louis C on Jul 2, 2015
    Love this product! Refinished builder grade oak kitchen cabinets and they turned out perfect. Have had many compliments and questions about my 'new' cabinets. Better than any other stain I have used before. Very easy to work with! Would highly recommend.
    Wilma J O on Jun 17, 2015
    I haven't used the GF black stain yet and I would like to give it a try.
    Glendon N on Jun 13, 2015
    When you are making a project that you want to be black and still be able to see the wood grain, this is the stuff.
    Harry on Jun 12, 2015
    This is a good product but not available in my area.
    Herman G on Jun 7, 2015
    Only place I could find dark gel stains
    Michael B on May 27, 2015
    Great quality. I have used several of their stain products before
    Kandyce D on May 10, 2015
    reviews on line
    Larry H on May 7, 2015
    Gel Stain recommended by a neighbor
    Chris M on Apr 10, 2015
    want to refinish table with stain finish to match finish on new chairs.
    Jill M on Aug 17, 2017
    Its awesome
    Stefanie B on Mar 8, 2017
    How does this work on birch plywood and on select pine. will the grain show through? I am making a large book shelf cabinet and my grand daughter wants it painted black would this black gel stain give me the same results?
    James L on Apr 29, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: This will give you a brown finish. I would recommend a milk paint that is lamp black (#37472)
    How will this Gel stain work on pre-finished pine cabinets? Was hoping to update cabints from a medium darkf oak finish with a black Gel stain.
    Jane P on Feb 4, 2017
    Anyone ever use this as a glaze over GF Milk Paint? If yes, how did you like the results?
    Delia M on Jan 17, 2017
    The General Finishes Gel Stain data sheet states interior & exterior use however teh can label states interior use only. Please advise?
    Mark L on Dec 9, 2016
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