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General Finishes Gel Stain, New Pine, 1/2 Pint
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General Finishes Gel Stain, New Pine, Quart
General Finishes Gel Stain, New Pine, Quart Item #36450
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General Finishes Gel Stain, New Pine

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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.

  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 - New Pine
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Brand General Finishes
Tech Spec
  • Use: Interior and Exterior
  • 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 New Pine
4.4 / 5.0
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With your help, I was able to use this product on a piece of new maple to perfectly match an the finish and color of an 18 year old kitchen cabinet. Hats off to the help I've received.
June 15, 2016
over 4 years ago
My fav stain
Adds a warmth to pine, cedar or fir but doesn't hide the grain like some of the darker stains. A warm yellow hue. I like the Prairie Wheat also which takes you into the orange zone. Three coats of Arm R Seal satin and you will be satisfied with your project. Take your time and follow directions or watch product demos to acquaint yourself with procedures.
May 9, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
A great product
General gel stain is a great product. I have used several colors on different projects. combined withan under coat of gel poly and acouple of top coats of gel stain you have a perfect finish.
February 6, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
It is difficult to apply because it drys fast. I like reagular stain much better.
July 5, 2017
over 3 years ago
Not so much
This is a somewhat difficult product to use unless you have a very flat surface (on a bench, facing the sky) without any contours in it. Pre-sanding & sealing is mandatory. I used it on raised panel doors and it was a difficult to get consistent in the corners, even with a dry brush. Way too much work
September 1, 2019
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Ran out of my other can.
Linda M on Feb 19, 2018
Ran out of my other can.
Linda M on Feb 19, 2018
I have cabinets done in Golen oak stain. Would like to have a little darker something to take out red . Don't want to do all my trim as most of doesn't have the red cast. Suppose that's due to wood use. Any color suggestions?
Mickey W on Jan 13, 2017
Prop 65 WarningWARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Ethylbenzene, Carbon black, respirable powder, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer.