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General Finishes Gel Stain, Prairie Wheat

Item #
GRP11244_13
Rating:
92% 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 - Prairie Wheat
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
Dry Time 6-12 hrs
Size Quart
Species Prairie Wheat
4.6 / 5.0
23 Reviews
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Gel Stain
Easy to apply, fast setting, makes for a beautiful finish.
April 8, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Piece of Cake
I used Zinsser Bulls Eye Seal Coat (no wax) as a pre-stain. Gel Stain is very easy to to apply. I used an old cloth diaper to apply and even out stain. Easy to obtain color consistency. Have sufficient time (2-3 minutes) before it begins setting up. Can apply more stain to areas that have dried a little to soften up the stain to correct a blend issue.
February 26, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
PERFECT MATCH
MATCHED UP WELL AND EXCELLENT ABILITY TO CONTROL DEPTH OF COLOR.
April 22, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Great stuff
Two coats well rubbed in followed by coats of GF Gel Varnish made the side walls of my cabinet shine! No mess.
February 20, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great Product
Sorry I didn't try this sooner..like decades.It's almost foolproof. It's takes longer to refinish because of the long dry time. At least two days if not longer.
May 4, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great color
I have found that every gel stain from General Finsh are great to work with. The color of Prarie Wheat is exceptional.. we have used it for several projects with different types of wood, each has turned out great.
March 6, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Terrific Results
Was trying to find a stain that would match what builder used on our Pellagra Windows 22 years ago and tried Prairie Wheat on new replacement sash. Perfect match and covered with one coat!!
I have finally found stain I can use on woodwork, doors and windows throughout our home.
June 20, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Gel Stain (prairie wheat) on poplar
My experience with General Finishes Gel Stain has been excellent . It is very easy to apply and gives uniform results--no blotching.
January 15, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Works exactly as expected - easy to get uniform results even with difficult woods. Dries relatively fast. An excellent product which I've used for years without problems.
December 22, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
General Finishes - Gel Stain
quite pleased with the product, will purchase additional quantities from time to time - wish it were less expensive!
June 11, 2015
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
Easy to use, and perfect match for our cabinets. This is a spare can for the future.
Scott P on Aug 11, 2018
Needed a lighter stain. Chose this color and American Oak. Can't go wrong with either color.
Linda M on Feb 19, 2018
Easy to use, and perfect match for our cabinets. This is a spare can for the future.
Scott P on Aug 11, 2018
I need a light stain for a shiplap wall I want to do
Kathy H on Mar 20, 2018
Needed a lighter stain. Chose this color and American Oak. Can't go wrong with either color.
Linda M on Feb 19, 2018
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
works for me
Architectural G on Oct 12, 2016
No polyurethane
Jo F on Oct 7, 2016
I LOVE GEL STAINS
MARILYN K on Apr 11, 2016
Good experience with first gel stain use. Decided to give it a go on another project.
Timothy M on Feb 20, 2016
First time using this product hope i picked right
Mark Y on Jan 25, 2016
I was working on some birdseye maple that needed to match up with some old (1830) safe drawers...worked well.
Paul D on Dec 15, 2015
wanted to try a new quality product..so limited by whats available here out west. especially something besides minwax which I've never really cared for.
Nancy G on Oct 13, 2015
Have used in the past!! Love it have use for tables,chairs, doors etc. love it
Paul C on May 13, 2015
Gel stain has outdoor application.
Roger G on Apr 20, 2015
I need a light stain for a shiplap wall I want to do
Kathy H on Mar 20, 2018
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
Can I use a water based polyacrylic for a top coat with the General Finishes gel stain?
tango831 on Mar 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would stick with the same brand for top coat. They make a wipe on polyurethane which gives a really nice finish,
http://www.rockler.com/general-finishes-gel-topcoat
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