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General Finishes - Satin Gel Varnish Solvent Based Quart


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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...

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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)

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4.53 out of 5 stars
19 Reviews
  1. 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Not a satin finish

    Goes on evenly and easy to apply but finish is between a semi gloss and a gloss, not at all satin. Very thin build as well.

  2. 1.0 out of 5 stars
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    Way Too Glossy

    I love the gel stain but the topcoat was a HUGE disappointment. I mixed it before every application but my cabinets turned out shiny, nothing like a satin finish. I will be purchasing another brand of oil based topcoat in an attempt to tone down the glaring shine.

  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    great product will order more

    the best thing is the way it is applied very easy works great leaves a nice finish

  4. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great Top Coat

    I just built a vanity and mirror for our renovated master bath aand installed a solid 6 panel door with new casing. I used this on it all and am very pleased. Ships quick, does a great job, easy to use and clean up a sinch

  5. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great easy to use finish

    Trim finish

  6. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    gel top coat


  7. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Easy to use.

    Went well with the stain. It did what it said it would.

  8. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Smooth finish

    Doesn't bubble up between coats like the competition. Almost no sanding.

  9. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Nice finish

    Great finish! Gives it a finished shine without being over the top shiny. I used over 3 coats of the java gel stain, used 2 top coats.

  10. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Worked wonderfully

    Product was extremely easy to use.

  11. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great top coat, shiny

    This is my first time staining a cabinet and I was following a tutorial from Pinterest. This product is so easy to use. And my bath cabineta look amazing!!!

  12. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Excellent Gel Varnish

    I used the clear satin topcoat on woods that do not absorb evenly and it worked very well.

  13. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Best I've used to date

    I have built over 300 bandsaw boxes and am now using this finish. It works wonderfully.

  14. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Nice product, easy to use.

    If you liked Bartley's finish, you will enjoy using this one. 3 coats leave a finish with a slight sheen, between satin and semi-gloss. Quick easy to use and low odor. Highly recommend.

  15. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    would buy again

    great product looks hand rubbed

  16. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great Product

    Very easy to use and dried to a very nice but more than what I would consider a Satin finish. I will use it as my primary finish.

  17. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Very nice finish

    Application was a breeze with a small pad of recyled T-shirt rags. Applied 3 thin coats that dried quickly to a smooth, professional-looking finish. I probably would not have used it as the final step refinishing my kitchen cabinets if I'd known how shiny it would be. I'd call it a semi-gloss or glossy semi-gloss. I'll try wet sanding to get rid of some shine and if that doesn't work re-coat with another product.

  18. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Foolproof way to a professional finish

    A great and foolproof way to a professional finish. Light "straw" color, similar to solvent lacquers.Apply thin coats with a cloth pad on properly prepped wood, and you won't need to sand between coats or after the final coat. levels out and dries evenly, a fantastic product. A little glossier than the typical "satin" after 3 or more coats. A "must have" in anyone's finish cabinet.

  19. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    I'd die for a semi-gloss

    I'm using this for a table-top finish on cherry plywood behind an oil/varnish first coat to bring out the grain. The combination of finishes on cherry is truly beautiful. They advertise this finish as a matte and it is definitely a matte so I can't complain. But a semi-gloss option would be perfection.

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