Store Locator
Grouped product items
Product Price Qty
General Finishes Gel Stain, Colonial Maple, 1/2 Pint
General Finishes Gel Stain, Colonial Maple, 1/2 Pint Item #37635
In stock
$11.99 Half Pint
General Finishes Gel Stain, Colonial Maple, Quart
General Finishes Gel Stain, Colonial Maple, Quart Item #31635
In stock
$24.99 Quart
Shipping Restrictions: Ground Transportation Only

Get Expert Advice

Return Policy

General Finishes Gel Stain, Colonial Maple

Item #
GRP11244_11
Rating:
96% 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 - Colonial Maple
More Information
Brand General Finishes
Tech Spec
  • Use: Interior
  • 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
Coverage 200 sq ft
Dry Time 6-12 hrs
Size Quart
Species Colonial Maple
4.8 / 5.0
8 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
6
2
0
0
0
Great
Easy to apply and rubs in very well. Retains its gel like consistency. Not watery like some others.
May 8, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
General Gel Stain
Colonial maple is a perfect match for the shade of golden oak I was looking for. Have had good luck with the General gel stains recently.
September 30, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great product
I used this stain on two bedroom spruce floors. I didn't pre seal the floors and I did get a little blotching, but very little and the floors look great.
October 28, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Always good results with this gel stain
Have used this product before but in a darker color, covering 1990's oak and had great results. Because the maple is a much lighter color than I used before, I can't completely cover the grain of the oak trim around my kitchen windows but the gel results blend nicely with my maple cabinets,
August 8, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Love this product!
Great product-easy to use
May 3, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
General Finishes GEL STAIN
I used the stain on an antique Maple table top. I stripped the old finish and sanded with 320 sandpaper before rubbing on the first coat. It went on as described in the literature.and coated completely. It dried with a smooth beautiful finish. I'm definitely going to use it on everything in the future.
September 21, 2014
Good finish and color
May 26, 2019
Purchased
11 months ago
Making Green Golden
The gel spreads evenly and provides the time before drying to even it out and remove excess
Dovetailed poplar
Dovetailed poplar
July 10, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Start typing your question and we'll check if it was already asked and answered. Learn More
No questions have been asked about this item. Be the first!
Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
want a darker maple stain
John I on Jul 15, 2018
Lots of good review for the gel stain. I didn't want a dark color like Java, so I choose Colonial Maple.
Patricia L on Jul 8, 2017
want a darker maple stain
John I on Jul 15, 2018
It looked easy to use and I liked the color
Charles J. P on Apr 16, 2018
Lots of good review for the gel stain. I didn't want a dark color like Java, so I choose Colonial Maple.
Patricia L on Jul 8, 2017
Colonial Maple matched the repair project perfectly.<br /><br />i like this product.
Ron J on Jun 26, 2016
Hope this is the color I want. Saw darker colors on videos.
BARBARA on Mar 28, 2016
Rockler said it was the best
David D on Mar 3, 2016
Have seen furniture with this gel stain and liked how it looked.
keith h on Aug 15, 2015
The stain matches other wood finishes in the house
LORRY S on Apr 11, 2015
It looked easy to use and I liked the color
Charles J. P on Apr 16, 2018
Colonial Maple matched the repair project perfectly.<br /><br />i like this product.
Ron J on Jun 26, 2016
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