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General Finishes Gel Stain, Gray

Easy application with nothing but a clean cloth—heavy-bodied gel results in less penetration and more even color.
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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).

(1) Gel Stain - General Finishes - Gray
More Information
Brand General Finishes
Weight 2.0000
Tech Spec
  • Use: Interior
  • Coating Needs: Normally 1 to 2 (additional coats can deepen the stain color)
  • Dry Time/Re-coat Time: 6 to 12 hours
  • 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 1/2 Pint, Quart
Species Gray
4.7 / 5.0
24 Reviews
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Grey gel stain over golden oak
I used a different brand of grey stain on kitchen cabinets and while it turned out very nice, it was a ton of work and took a tremendous amount of time. This General Finishes Gel stain is incredible. It is a fantastic color, has great coverage which you can control by how many coats you put on your particular piece, great consistency, goes a very long way, i could go on and on, just try it. Attaching a before and after photo of a cabinet done with this product after lightly sanding, this is one coat without the top coat.
February 4, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
great product, great color
I love this product, and the color is beautiful. I have no experience at all, but I used the foam sponge type brushes to apply, throwing away each use. I would buy this product again. It is easy even for a beginner like me to use. I took a cheap oak kitchen table and stained the top for staging my house, a cheap upgrade.
July 18, 2018
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
This was so easy to work with. I applied to lightly sanded unfinished cabinets.. applied 3 coats, sanding in between with 0000 steel wool. Looks like paint, but better. Just the right amount of wood grain showing. Drying time is minimum 12 hours. I let mine dry 24 in between. Looks professional! Very pleased. Will use it again!
March 18, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beautiful color used over my golden oak bath vanity.
September 24, 2017
over 2 years ago
Love general finishes gel stain
Gel stain is easy to apply and cures to a super hard protective finish.
General finishes gray gel stain table top.
General finishes gray gel stain table top.
March 24, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great to work wth
I love the entire line of General Finishes gel stains. They really give some awesome coverage, and very easy to control. These are especially useful on applications where you have to mask off certain areas.
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Not Gray, but I love to use gel stains for the Cornhole boards I make. Great coverage! Zero bleed.
February 11, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works as described - no complaints!
Color is as described. Application is easy - might require multiple coats depending on finish you desire. Arrived sooner than expected and in flawless condition.
October 3, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Mix Colors
I use Jel-stains on metal. And, Instead of looking for the perfect color, mix colors. For a great rust color, I mix two different shades of red, with black. You cannot tell the jel-stain finish from the real thing ----

What I like about jel-stains over acrylics, is the drying time. Acrylics dry too fast for me The jel-stains give you time to adjust the density of the color.
June 9, 2016
over 4 years ago
Great look!!
My first time working with gel stain, very easy to work with. I didn't want very gray and the finish was like I was expecting!!
#General Finishes, #gray gel stain
#General Finishes, #gray gel stain
May 27, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Easy to use and looks beautiful. This was my very first refinish. I would use this product over any other, every time.
March 13, 2016
over 4 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
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love General Finishes
Dorane P on Feb 23, 2018
Kitchen cabinets. Have used Java Gel Stain. Loved it! Now trying the gray.
Sherry P on Jan 3, 2018
love General Finishes
Dorane P on Feb 23, 2018
I'm trying options on staining shiplap
Sharon C on Feb 21, 2018
Kitchen cabinets. Have used Java Gel Stain. Loved it! Now trying the gray.
Sherry P on Jan 3, 2018
Awesome product!! Trying a different color.
Maria G on Nov 16, 2017
working on new project am going to mix some of the Java with the Gray gel stain, always need a tack cloth! Will let you know how I come out. Thanks
Marty E on Jul 16, 2017
It's the only gray gel stain out there
Rita R on May 15, 2017
to mix with java color for taupe brown tint
Oksana K on Mar 2, 2017
Gray washed over an existing paint and it looked great!
Tamera B on Feb 17, 2017
I LOVE THE Black gel stain and the Java so I'm assuming I will love this!
HOrnberger L on Dec 21, 2016
I have never used this color before, but had wonderful results with the java color when applied to oak kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Hopefully gray will have great results too!
Heather F on Nov 10, 2016
exterior entry door
Luis P on Sep 29, 2016
Looking for the perfect driftwood gray stain. Found on google. Decided to try it. I've never used General Finishes.
Deborah P on Sep 24, 2016
I have read good things about this product.
Sharon A on Jun 9, 2016
I have used it in the past and it was amazing. Very little prep work and sanding required, easy to apply and it looks great when finished.
Emilee B on May 12, 2016
I haven't seen this color in the stains before and I want to give it a try.
Glendon N on Mar 26, 2016
Highly recommended by online reviews!
Kami O on Feb 5, 2016
Reviews of Product
Rick on Dec 21, 2015
Not satisfied with Minwax or Varathane. Willing to try something different.
Steven H on Dec 20, 2015
Picked this up to try it out. Its a very cool gray, not really what I was looking for. I was trying to cover honey oak and I couldn't get it to look right. Would probably be much better on unfinished wood or as a glaze coat over a darker/browner stain.
Anne N on Dec 19, 2015
can't wait to try another color
Sherri B on Nov 30, 2015
Special request from daughter-in-law.
Mary L on Oct 22, 2015
Want to use it for ceiling plywood tiles in combination with Argentine Pearl.
Larissa P on Oct 1, 2015
I watched YouTube videos about this product and it was highly recommended. Also, I wanted a Gel Stain in gray and General Funishes was the only producer of gray. I am really glad I found this product.
connie r on Sep 23, 2015
Good ratings throughout the internet for cabinet refinishing.
Reed S on Aug 5, 2015
I'm trying options on staining shiplap
Sharon C on Feb 21, 2018
Awesome product!! Trying a different color.
Maria G on Nov 16, 2017
Has anyone tried mixing the gray stain with a darker stain like java to offset the blue color? How did it turn out?
Kelly on Oct 17, 2017
Any ideas on how it would look on a sanded honey oak banister?
Shaun G on Feb 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: See if you can find a piece of honey oak and stain it with the gel stain. This will give you a good idea if you will like the grain pattern and the color.
can I apply over vinyl or fiberglass shutters?
Diane S on May 23, 2016
Can this oil based gray stain be used on fiberglass doors that have a simulated wood grain surface?
PaulJ on Aug 21, 2016
has anyone used this over cherry?
JANE K on Jan 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would not be afraid to use the gray jell stain over cherry. The cabinets we refinished were not cherry but close to the color. The gray jell stain covers very well. We refinished our kitchen cabinets and two vanities and used a little over one and a half quarts. Just remember to prep the surface you intend to refinish correctly. You will be pleased with the outcome.
Been seeing numerous reviews that claim that the gray runs blue. Is this still the case, or has the issue been corrected so the stain is a TRUE gray?
Shannon W. on May 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I used it 2 weeks ago. It is still gray. The type of wood could make a difference. My natural wood was light in color
Can this be used on an interior wooden step? If so, what finish would need to go on top of the gel stain?
Ms G on Jul 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I used general finishes gel stain on a wood floor refinish and then sealed it with Zar brand clear coat which is durable enough for floors.
Should I use a pre-stain conditioner before applying this stain on pine? If so, which one?
Reinventress on Sep 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't think that's necessary since gel stain sits on top of the wood rather than absorbing into the wood like a traditional stain.
Can you use this gel stain on a fiberglass grained door?
Lois V on May 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I am sorry, but do not know the answer. I have never worked with fiberglass
Will I need a sealer after using the gel stain on cabinets?
Dorothy J on Sep 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It looked to me that there was some sort of varnish or urethane in the stain. It didn't "raise the grain" like a solvent or water based stain/dye would but had a "sealed" look to it after it dried. I was using the gel stain for a baltic birch table top so I did a couple of coats of pre-catalyzed lacquer to give some extra protection. If you are doing cabinet doors I definitely would put an additional something on since you are wiping off more than you are putting on.
Just to make sure I understand ?
I've got plain old honey oak cabinets.
Do you have to sand them completely down or just clean them? What is best used to clean them?
Corey F on Jul 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can clean the cabinets with Murphy's oil soap
when using the colored gel stain on unfinished stain grade cabinets, how should you prep the wood and should you use a top coat? What is the best top coat?
Blair G on Jun 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The wood should be sanded with 220 sand paper then wood conditioner applied. Apply stain to desired shade sand again to smooth grain. I use general finishes water based topcoat in satin. Sand with 120 between coats.
Has anyone used this gray stain gel over maple cabinets? We are hoping to offset the current orange tone.
Linda V on Jun 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Gel stain totally covers the surface with multiple coats. So, it won't "offset" the current color, but will completely cover it. I've used multiple GF gel stains, and the gray takes the most coats to cover-at least 3 or 4. Also note the gray is definitely a bluish gray rather than a true gray.
I have builders stock kitchen cabinets, but would like to use this gray gel stain over them. What prep is needed? Can I just TSP them and then apply the stain over the existing color and finish?
yvonneb on Mar 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: TSP is not needed. All you need to do is ensure the cabinets are cleaned and not greasy. Note that if you're looking for solid color coverage, you'll need to apply at least 3 or 4 coats of the gray gel stain, as it's a very light color compared to other general finishes gel stain colors. Be sure to finish with 3 coats of wipe-on poly.
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