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Thin consistency penetrates deep into the wood to enhance the grain and produce rich, vibrant color.
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Light Brown, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Light Brown, Pint Item #: 29616
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$14.99
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Ebony, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Ebony, Pint Item #: 23089
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Orange, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Orange, Pint Item #: 26781
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Vintage Cherry, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Vintage Cherry, Pint Item #: 22122
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Merlot, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Merlot, Pint Item #: 24759
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Yellow, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Yellow, Pint Item #: 28714
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Empire Red, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Empire Red, Pint Item #: 22902
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Amber, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Amber, Pint Item #: 25601
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Blue, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Blue, Pint Item #: 21119
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Medium Brown, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Medium Brown, Pint Item #: 24286
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Dark Brown, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Dark Brown, Pint Item #: 27988
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Green, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Green, Pint Item #: 22739
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Cinnamon, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Cinnamon, Pint Item #: 25366
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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Pewter, Pint
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain, Pewter, Pint Item #: 58048
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Water-Based Dye Stain by General Finishes

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Water-Based Dye Stain by General Finishes Water-Based Dye Stain by General Finishes 3 Rustic Looks With General Finishes
Water-Based Dye Stain by General Finishes

Add some ''pop'' to your next finishing project with these unique, water-based, ultra-penetrating stains. Designed to work like solvent-based stains, they feature deep rich tones that penetrate deep into the wood to enhance the grain and produce vibrant colors. They are especially well-suited for highly figured woods like mahogany, cherry, walnut and maple. On its own, dye stain is for use on raw wood only, but may be mixed with certain water-based topcoats for use as a toner.

(1) Pint of Water-Based Dye Stain by General Finishes
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General Finish is my favorite stain, I used regular paint and this product to create a floor that is very much like the ones that I saw in Europe; a great way to disguise imperfections on an old, worn out floor.
This was the finished floor design after using the water based stain and then a polyurethane finish.
This was the "before the stain"  floor design with a diamond stencil pattern and my choice of paint.
May 16, 2019
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Perfect - beautiful colors and super easy to apply.
I'm new to wood work, but this stain is super easy to apply for wonderful results. Dries quickly, no streaking. They have a beautiful selection of colors.
A great selection of colors, and wonderfully easy to use.
A great selection of colors, and wonderfully easy to use.
April 23, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Perfect in every way
First the color is just beautiful! Impressed with the coverage and how smoothly it goes on. I will always have this on hand.
October 9, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Best Stains For Raw Wood!
These are great since they make wood take on the color with clarity, are more light-fast, and the GF products don’t stain every organic material the touch (fingers, for instance) semi-permanently. With budget synthetic bristle brushes, cleanup is very easy, and one need not wait days between stain, and top coat. I am using the Pewter stain over raw maple for a drumset, and very happy so far. To keep maple from blotching and looking like the wood was stained by an arthritic chimpanzee (no offense meant to arthritic chimpanzees, by the way), you want to use GF Wood Conditioner, but with care. Just wrote a review for that stuff. Pewter makes a really nice looking, warm gray that allows the wood to take on an old bar wood cast, rather than other gray stains that tend to make wood look like concrete. Nice stuff!
August 19, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
stain
Worked well for me. I used it over top of a water based pre stain conditioner sold by Charley Neil. I had no blotching whatsoever. There is a learning curve as the product dries really quickly. You have to wipe up any drips or runs right away (within 5 minutes) or you can't get them up. Works best on horizontal surfaces doing only small areas at a time. I did a 2 x 8 board 80 inches long and that was about my outside limit.
August 14, 2018
Purchased
10 months ago
Consistent Color
Customer loved this color, was easy to apply, & clean up.
Turned out great! Customer was very satisfied with the color! Easy to apply and clean up the sprayer
Turned out great! Customer was very satisfied with the color! Easy to apply and clean up the sprayer
July 28, 2018
Purchased
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
green stain
It is definitely green. A little more green than i was hoping for but if you want a grass green than this will work
June 26, 2018
Purchased
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Looks great and was easy to apply
Before applying the dye, pre-wet the wood with a damp sponge, then allow to dry. Then sand down the grain. That will greatly reduce the amount the grain will raise with the dye.
Came out great - application was very easy.
Came out great - application was very easy.
June 19, 2018
Purchased
12 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Easy and Gorgeous
I used this on maple drum shells.
It was easy to use and exceeded my expectations as far as depth of color attainable.
Merlot dye stain on maple.
Merlot dye stain on maple.
November 20, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Good dye.
GF dyes are really nice for reaching whatever color you need.
October 8, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
interior doors
MATT F on Jun 20, 2018
Same as the Transfast trying to find a product that will stain the bench that has been sanded too much.
Wanda B on May 17, 2018
interior doors
MATT F on Jun 20, 2018
barn wood finish
Barry R on Jun 12, 2018
Same as the Transfast trying to find a product that will stain the bench that has been sanded too much.
Wanda B on May 17, 2018
Trying different colors for kitchen cabinets redo. Have not seen this darker grey and want to try.
Linda B on Apr 30, 2018
Working on a large piece of furniture and needed more than one pint
Garry S on Apr 3, 2018
Low order, fast drying, good reviews
Kim K on Feb 23, 2018
Reviews read, and had an opportunity to see the color at a store
Denise C on Feb 17, 2018
Need this color but could not find the oil based stain. Will give it a try.
Kevin O on Nov 25, 2017
It's water based and doesn't leave an oily finish
Peggy O on Jul 25, 2017
Price and shipping rates
Amie W on Jul 23, 2017
It was recommended by the Wood Whisperer.
Michael G on Jun 28, 2017
My little girls favorite color is green, so I wanted this stain to go on a keepsake box I will build her. I hope she will keep it forever.
Mike M on May 29, 2017
I've been following GF on instagram and was looking for a good stain. And the price is good
Raquel C on May 18, 2017
Have used the blue on birch plywood. Nice deep color, even distribution. Took water born polyacrylic finish well.
Allen Spitler on Mar 9, 2017
dyeing a maple pedestal base to match a walnut table top
Stephen Z on Mar 3, 2017
I found that this stain was easy to use and gave an excellent finish
Mike G on Feb 18, 2017
I wanted to try a dye stain, and did not want to have to mix it, to make it... I thought I would give this a shot.
Chad M on Jan 9, 2017
I used this dye on a kit guitar and it turned out great. It goes on evenly and the colors are vibrant.
caclark74 on Jan 3, 2017
Quality and reputation
JOHN Z on Dec 15, 2016
love using it, easy to use and beautiful
Timothy M on Dec 15, 2016
I used it as a base color when matching some new work to an older kitchen cabinet.
Gary N on Nov 15, 2016
the novice is trapped with just stain and poly Why can not you be the teacher
Steven C on Nov 10, 2016
HEARD OF ON A CHARLES NEIL VIDEO
RAYMOND B on Nov 10, 2016
My daughter picked this out to stain her home made pencil post bed (Woodsmith Plans).
David G on Nov 5, 2016
GENERAL FINISHES ARE THE BEST BUY IN THE MARKET
howard c on Jul 1, 2016
project
Ron K on Jun 23, 2016
the dye stains cover better on wood such as poplar
Philip L on Apr 27, 2016
Making a Greene and Greene chest from The wood whisperer
J F on Mar 22, 2016
This is a re-supply. I've been using General Finishes dye stain as a base coat under oil-based wiping stain to get the desired color and look on new, six-panel, pine door slabs and to help eliminate the splotchy appearance that can happen with pine. I've been VERY happy with the results. The doors I've finished look AWESOME.
Joyce T on Mar 16, 2016
Best stain we found for maple stair treads.
harold s on Mar 11, 2016
because it works.
J. S on Mar 7, 2016
I took a course with Darrell Peart to build a night table and he recommended this product. It was great.
Great clear finish
Tim R on Nov 28, 2015
Beautiful color and quality stain.
Shelly N on Nov 9, 2015
Best finish I have ever used
Gary R on Nov 9, 2015
It has very good reviews from people who used it
Parilakathoottu S on Nov 6, 2015
I needed a water based dye stain. GF is what you carry and I had a $50 gift card to Rockler
Myron T on Oct 29, 2015
just to try something different
james a on Sep 30, 2015
Water-based stains have proven superior in matching colors on antique furniture. They are easier to amend the colors and control the darkness.
Kathie B on Sep 16, 2015
my daughter chose it for a book I made for her. Nice product
Mark R on Aug 28, 2015
Color is close to mission brown
Renee K on Aug 22, 2015
I love General Finishes Milk Paint and figured I this stain to darken my Longaberger baskets (shhhh...don't tell).
Jami on Aug 8, 2015
used it before liked it
craig a on Aug 4, 2015
You Tube tutorial comparing dyeing to staining and your salesman at your Seattle store.
Don O on Jun 29, 2015
Wanted a black color and this water-based dye stain worked great. Clean up is so easy and it looks great. Still can see the grain.
PAUL S on Jun 28, 2015
Water-basesd dye penetrates into the wood, versus stain which forms a layer on the top with minimal penetration. I want the dye to penetrate the grain so I can sand it back and wind up with grain emphasis.
Eric M on Jun 16, 2015
Have been using these stains for birdhouses for years you get the various colors in a stain you cannot find at the big box stores. Recommend you use a good marine varnish if going outside since this is a water based stain and fades
Dennis G on Jun 4, 2015
I'm new to water based finishes and want to give them a try.
Michael F on May 6, 2015
I've never tried the product. One problem with the gel stains is that it's easy to mistakenly hit the edges when sanding between coats of the top coat. The gel stains, since they don't penetrate, come right off, or at least lighten a lot. I thought the water based dye, since it penetrates so deeply into the wood, would avoid this problem.
David E on Apr 29, 2015
dye stains are ganerally difficult to find...Rockler has a great selection ans variety
michael c on Apr 18, 2015
barn wood finish
Barry R on Jun 12, 2018
Trying different colors for kitchen cabinets redo. Have not seen this darker grey and want to try.
Linda B on Apr 30, 2018
Do I need to use a wood conditioner on maple before staining with a dye stain?
Brian S on Sep 26, 2016
Can I apply GF water based dye stain over existing finished wood i.e. doors, trim?
Greg L on Sep 26, 2016
Can I tint Bulls Eye Shellac with these dyes?
Ernesto P on Oct 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am thinking no and here is my logic. These are meant to be used on there own, like a regular stain, and then top coated. They do work better than traditional stains as long as you prep the intended wood properly.
Also, on a side note, Bullseye shellac, the one that is labeled as shellac, are a "waxed" shellac which I don't recommend as a sealer unless it is to be your final finish. Seal Coat is "dewaxed" shellac and works great as a universal sealer, cheers!
Can I apply this water based stain over an oil based stain?
A shopper on Apr 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You might have to sand the old stain off or strip the wood.
Reason being once stain has been applied the wood is sealed, and will not absorb into the surface.
What is the coverage per pint?
Steve J on Sep 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: ABOUT 75 SQ. FT.
Is your Enduro water based dye stain prone to fading when exposed to direct sunlight on a daily basis, like a lot of dye stains are?
Paul Z on Nov 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: From My experience, not from sun light. but on a finish stand point, I've noticed Semi-gloss begin to fade over time. Say in 1 to 2 years, with heavy usage and cleaning, the gloss gets misty. Simplest fix is to reapply Semi-gloss at that point, bam, looks like new.
Can this product be top coated with several coats of marine spar varnish?
Jim G on Jan 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but I always apply an initial coat of wax free shellac prior to applying any top coat.
I have read these dye finishes can be mixed to achieve the exact color wanted. What would I use to obtain a medium gray color on maple flooring? Ebony + something else? Also, is this finish durable enough to use on floor? Especially interested to know how it would withstand UV exposure as I have a lot of southern exposure through windows onto the floor area.
Dawne O on Aug 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The stain is not the thing you have to worry about its the top coat you put over it that needs to be durable.
As far as color goes, yes you can inner mix the colors you will just have to get a separate piece of wood and play around with colors till you achieve the right formula. Stain is a very difficult to match.
does the dye stain come in quarts or gallons?
Jerry S on Aug 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Dye Stain is available only in pints.
I am making new frame and panel kitchen cabinet doors, frames are maple and the panel is baltic birch. I want to spray the dye, can I achieve uniform color using the dye stain?
Tom Zarnoth on Oct 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hey Tom, I tried something similar with birch panel doors and poplar face frame. The birch just did not receive the dye evenly to match the poplar. I ended up sealing them with shellac after dying them, then used GF gel stain afterwards to gain even color. The shellac keeps the gel stain from penetrating and you can manipulate the color. Obviously try any recipe on scrap first to perfect your technique.
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