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Amazing results on various surfaces!
General Finishes Java Gel Stain Gallon
In a search to update my home's dated golden oak cabinets, doors, and trim, I discovered general finishes gel stains. I found lots of online pictorials and videos that made it seem easily manageable as a DIY project so I jumped in. It was amazingly successful and I would highly recommend it. Here are some tips regarding the ways I used it. Cabinets were left with the doors hanging, and I taped off the inside where the front frames met the horizontal shelving and only stained that front frame, and inside and outside of the doors and outside surfaces, but not the interior of the cabinets. Before staining, I washed surfaces with TSP and very lightly sanded with a random orbital sander...this was light work and only took about 1-2 hours total for my very large kitchen and 2 bathrooms. Then I wiped on the stain (and did not rub any off after applying it) using a new cotton sock over a vinyl glove (I used a new sock/glove as needed--went through 12 new tube socks and about 50 gloves!). This part took about 8-10 hours per coat (I put on 3 coats). I waited a full 24 hours after finishing a coat to start the next coat...this stuff must be very dry or it will come off and leave a messy bare spot that is hard to fix, but this never happens if the previous coat is completely dry. Money Saving TIP: Because new hinges would have cost over $200, I stained directly over the old shiny brass hinges (using a small artist brush to reach the tight spots) and they look amazing with my new oil rubbed bronze handles and pulls. I was also super impressed about this: I added unfinished knotty pine crown moulding and did nothing to prepare it other than sanding my cut edges. It took the stain beautifully and evenly and matches the oak cabinets perfectly...it has been a few months since finishing and nobody can tell they are a different wood. After 3 coats of gel stain, I used the water-based poly to topcoat...it was a bit tricky because it is runny, but it worked well and the finish has been extremely durable!
We wanted 6-panel doors instead of flush front, but were on a tight budget. We purched pre-primed white masonite doors, painted them a medium tan color, and then proceeded with the gel stain just like on the cabinets. The only difference in application on the doors is they were laying horizontally and we taped off section by section so we could rub in the direction necessary to make it appear like real wood grain. In some places the stain is opaque, and in others it is a bit translucent and the paint underneath makes it appear to have color values like real stained wood...this turned out marvelously. I only ordered one gallon of stain and one gallon of poly and I still have some left over...this stuff goes a very long way!!!
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