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General Finishes, Java Gel Stain, Quart

Item #826979
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4.5

(28 reviews)

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Product Information:

These oil-based Gel Topcoats and Stains are quite possibly the easiest of all finishes to use and achieve a "hand-rubbed" look without all the work. Application is easy with a foam brush or lint free cloth. The heavy bodied gel formulation permits the product to flow out evenly (no drips or runs) preventing uneven penetration for consistent color control. Combined with no sanding (your choice to sand or not) between coats and a quick “re-coat” time, you’ll be finished sooner with less effort and better results than ever before.

  • This is the stain that has the most "finishing feel" of all General Finishes' products
  • Woodworkers love the lustrous finish that shows up
  • Heavy-bodied, and so does not penetrate as deeply into the wood as liquid oil-base stains do
  • Can help you get a more even appearance on difficult woods such as aspen or pine
  • Easy-to-use stains simply wipe on with a cloth or applied with a foam brush (no spills or splashes)


  • Need help refinishing old cabinets or cabinets that are in perfectly good condition? Tired of that golden oak color
    and would like a more modern, up to date look? General Finishes Gel Stains open up a world of easy-to-attain
    possibilities for revitalizing wood furniture, redecorating your home by changing the color of wood cabinets,
    furniture and floors, and achieving an excellent first-time finish. These oil-based products are super easy to
    use and produce a ‘hand-rubbed’ look with little effort. Just apply with a foam brush or lint-free cloth
    and wipe off – heavy-bodies gel offers even flow and consistent color control. Recoat time is quick, and
    sanding between coats is your choice. Use the gel topcoat for extra durability and protection.

    Many homes built in the 1980’s used stock golden oak cabinets in the kitchen and the bathroom.
    These cabinets were made with excellent quality construction and have proved very durable over
    the years in your home. A couple decades have passed and you would like to bring your kitchen
    or bathroom up to date with a different color combination for your cabinets or furniture.
    General Finishes Gel Stain is the simple answer – and extremely affordable too!
  • Available in 11 colors, including the popular Java (shown here)
  • Multiple coats can be used for even more color combinations



















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    Articles:

  • How to Use Oil Base Gel Stain Over Existing Finishes - General Finishes Gel Stains contain urethane, which allows the gel stains to be used for finishing over existing top coats, stains, and paints.
     
     
     

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    4.5

    (based on 28 reviews)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Even paint distribution (9)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Easy to clean (3)
    • Lightweight (3)
    • Easy to apply (2)

    Cons

    • Messy (2)

    Best Uses

    • Small areas (15)
    • Large areas (11)
    • Detailed work (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual do-it-yourselfer (11), Avid do-it-yourselfer (7), Beginner (5)

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    5.0

    love this stain

    By  Jerri

    from Mason, Oh.

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Easy To Clean

    Cons

    • Slow Cure Time

    Best Uses

    • Detailed Work
    • Large Areas
    • Small Areas

    Comments about General Finishes, Java Gel Stain, Quart :

    I love this stain! I buy second hand furniture and refinish it; and this stain is pure magic. With one quart I have done 2 side tables, a sideboard and a dining table. I have enough for a couple more projects. Will be purchasing another can soon; gotta do the kitchen cabinets!

     
    5.0

    Java stain changed my kitchen!!

    By  Millertime

    from Vidalia,Ga.

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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    Comments about 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!!

     
    3.0

    Good, but not Great

    By  The Old Woodman

    from Baltimore, MD

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Areas

    Comments about General Finishes, Java Gel Stain, Quart :

    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.

     
    4.0

    Fine product

    By  Papa Tom

    from Hanover, MD

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Covers Well
    • Easy to apply
    • Smooth finish

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas
    • Small Areas

    Comments about General Finishes, Java Gel Stain, Quart :

    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.

     
    5.0

    AMAZING STUFF

    By  MickiSue

    from Twin Cities, Minnesota

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Even Paint Distribution

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Detailed Work
    • Large Areas
    • Small Areas

    Comments about General Finishes, Java Gel Stain, Quart :

    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.

     
    5.0

    Love this stuff!

    By  Designlvr46

    from California

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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    Comments about General Finishes, Java Gel Stain, Quart :

    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

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Stain

    By  Chelles bell

    from Ontario, oregon

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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    Comments about General Finishes, Java Gel Stain, Quart :

    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.

     
    5.0

    Great product!

    By  R the R

    from Kent, OH

    About Me Beginner

    Pros

    • Easy application
    • Easy To Clean
    • Even Paint Distribution
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas
    • Small Areas

    Comments about General Finishes, Java Gel Stain, Quart :

    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!

     
    1.0

    Does not work well on oak.

    By  Wanting dark oak

    from Kentucky

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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    Comments about General Finishes, Java Gel Stain, Quart :

    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.

     
    5.0

    Awesome product

    By  New kitchen

    from The Colony, TX

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Even Paint Distribution
    • My Cabinets Look Beautifu

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Detailed Work
    • Large Areas
    • Small Areas

    Comments about General Finishes, Java Gel Stain, Quart :

    I had a professional do the cabinets and this was the product they told me to get. The cabinets look beautiful.

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