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Java Gel Stain, Quart

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  • This is the stain that has the most "finishing feel" of all General Finishes' products
  • 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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Part Number JQ
Item Weight2.4 pounds
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Item model numberGEL JAVA - QT
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB001DSY50Y
Best Sellers Rank #274 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableJune 22, 2008
  
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Product Description

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, youll be finished sooner with less effort and better results than ever before.

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So a little goes a long way.
Mahaka13
I refinished my old oak kitchen cabinets and they look like brand new .
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This product is great and so easy to use, I HIGHLY recommend it!
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122 of 125 people found the following review helpful By blazingsunn3 on January 23, 2013
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I saw this stain used for a DIY project via Pinterest. I used the same technique the blogger did... applied it with a men's cotton sock. The first coat went on beautifully. The second coat was very blotchy, but as the blogger advised, I kept the faith. After the third coat, the results were stunning! Very dark, very rich and smooth.

I love the gel consistency, as it makes it much less messy and much easier to apply smoothly and evenly without the need for wiping. If you follow the manufacturer's directions, you can't go wrong. It is super easy to use, even for those of us who have no idea what we're doing! A little bit of this stain goes a long way. I bought the quart-size can, and I have put three coats on 22 cabinet doors, 8 drawer fronts, and the framing for each of these. My kitchen has a total of 25 cabinets, 11 drawers, two corner cabinets, one lazy Susan, and two 6 foot folding pantry doors, and measures approx 14ft x 11ft, and I think I am going to be just short of enough stain to complete the project.

This stain dries with a fairly flat finish, so I advise a follow up with good quality clear coat. The blogger used a water-based poly by General Finishes. I used a water-based clear lacquer called Ultrastar by M.I. Campbell in a satin finish, simply because my husband works in the pre-finished wood industry, and it was leftover product that was going to be discarded. It worked fine to use a water-based clear coat over this oil-based stain. Also, because the stain is very dark, you can use a satin finish clear coat and still end up with a final product that has the look of semi-gloss.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Mahaka13 on July 4, 2012
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This product took my dated honey oak kitchen cabinets from drab to fab. They are now a rich, sultry espresso. One quart did my entire kitchen and to get the deep, rich color, I applied three coats. So a little goes a long way. It even worked like a charm on the parts of the cabinets that are laminate!
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By C. Gilbert on November 1, 2013
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I read all the reviews, seriously - all of them. Watched youtube, read the blogs. Looked at my dismal honey-oak 1997 cabinets & ordered excitedly, unscrewed the doors and labeled them with my anal kitchen chart, laid out in my garage. Then I waited. It arrived quick, 4 days after ordering, then I froze up. Scared, unsure, wide eyed, kicking myself for being an overeager sheep. Re-read all the reviews, re-watched the videos, tried to pump myself up. Even called a contractor for a quote to do it. ($350? uhhhh...) Then one day, after 3 weeks of looking at our exposed dishes and sippy cups (cabinet doors were still off) I started washing the frames with Dawn and water & again with just water. When my husband came home, he "sanded" them for me, if thats what you want to call it, he more of less ran a sandpaper block over them once each and was done with the whole kitchen in 4 minutes. I rinsed with water again, to remove any sawdust. Starting with the "fake" wood sides, I tried to follow the man's sock and wipe away method. It looked like a toddler smeared dookie on it. So I used a sponge brush and went over it very very lightly, and evenly. Looked awesome. I ended up buying the Economy sized bag of sponge brushes from Wal-Mart ($1.00 for like 12) and used those. Easier to get into the cracks, easier & less messy to apply, more even looking outcome. Plus, no wiping away, so that's one less step. Yipee! I thought it would take 3 coats like the other reviews suggested, to get the completely covered espresso look, but I guess since I am using a sponge brush and not wiping off, 2 coats were the magic trick for me. I do 1 coat 1 day, wait 24 hours or more, do a second coat, then flip over and repeat. Waiting for the doors to dry have been the hardest part.Read more ›
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46 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Paige Blair on April 10, 2012
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I have never done anything like staining before. I've not even really painted much before this. But this product was nearly fool proof. I was able to restain my entire kitchen all by myself and it was so easy. Because it is a gel stain, the sanding required before hand is minimal (and probably the hardest part of the process). The biggest tip I have is light coats (I did 3 to achieve my desired color) and let it dry dry dry dry. I was nervous even after the first two coats because it was looking pretty streaky, but that third coat made a world of difference. My kitchen now looks professionally done and I have beautiful dark cabinets that are so "in" right now. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone. Even non-DIYers could do it without a problem.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By victoria on January 6, 2013
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I decided to try this stain on the advice of several feedbacks and reviews on other websites. I am floored at what this stain has done to my cupboards. My friends and family think I bought new ones. The finish is so beautiful! I used this product on golden oak cupboards and I did not even sand them. I just used a foam brush and painted them 3 times letting them dry for 48 hours in between each coat. Wow they are so durable and nothing can harm them..not even a scratch..I even siliconed a hole in one of the cupboards from a nail and it stained right over the silicone. Use silicone that can be painted and stained though. The stain is very forgiving of mistakes too, it tends to stay smooth and workable. I love...love...love this gel stain. Bought two cans just to have for other projects. I painted at least 18 doors fronts and backs and the cupboards around them and used one can. Goes along way and covers wonderful. I didn't not wipe it off..just painted it like standard paint with 3 coats. Wow what beautiful transformation. The color is a dark espresso color almost black and its is perfect. You will be happy with this product.
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