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Java stain changed my kitchen!!
General Finishes, Java Gel Stain, Quart
My wife and I bought a house recently that was built in 1988. If you do not know,this was obviously the oak cabinet era. You know all the bland oak color that everyone has from that time. Well we decided to try to sand the cabinets and make a change. This was no easy task. It took months!! Fortunately, we saw the Java stain and wanted to stop the back breaking work of sanding every nook and cranny of these cabinets. This product only requires light sanding and you are on your way to a new finish!! It is amazing!! The drying time of this product is crucial and time consuming but it changed the look of our kitchen to old to new almost overnight!!
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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The Old Woodman
This gel does not penetrate the wood very well. Even after extended sitting time, the stain will rub off very easily, leaving light and bare patches. Had to go over several areas with a different dark stain (Espresso) to gain a satisfactory result. Haven't had this problem in over 40 years of furniture making. I'm not a big fan of dark stains, and I certainly won't use Java gel again.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Java Gel is one of the best stains I've used over many years of furniture building. It applies easily, covers well, and leaves a silky smooth finish with no raised grain.
Twin Cities, Minnesota
The amazing java gel stain transported my tired golden oak cabinets from the 1990s straight to today!
Easy to apply, minimal prep needed to use over old stain and poly. It's work, but richly rewarding.
Love this stuff!
Decided to upgrade my kitchen. Without spending thousands on new cabinetry, I looked through the web to find the best stain I could find. I read reveiws checked out Local hardware stores and none compared to General finishes. This stuff is amazing! Goes on easy and thick (since it is a gel) I mixed about 6oz (approximate) of the antique walnut shade right into my quart of Java just to add a hint of warmth. I applied 2 coats 2 coats of poly in Flat and they came out beautiful!! Just the right shade and sheen. Very happy
Hardly any smell. Unlike other stains I've used. It made my ugly Oak cabinets look pretty and expensive. My family didn't believe I could transform our ugly cabinets. But this stuff works. Thanks for proving me I could make them look fabulous.
R the R
I refinished the cabinetry in my 2 baths and my kitchen. It was easy to apply and makes a huge difference from the old builder grade oak cabinetry. It looks great!
Does not work well on oak.
Wanting dark oak
I purchased this product after seeing a glowing recommendation on Pinterest. It stated that it covered oak ,making it very dark. Once applied as directed, the oak didnt turn out much darker. Definitely not as described. Probably works great on other wood, but definitely not for oak.
The Colony, TX
I had a professional do the cabinets and this was the product they told me to get. The cabinets look beautiful.
Love the color!!!!!
I refinished my bathroom vanity cabinets and they look completely different. Rather than the cheap, stock walnut finish that was there, they now look high- end custom. :)
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