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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
  
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ASINB001DSY50Y
Best Sellers Rank #304 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 .
shellana
This product is great and so easy to use, I HIGHLY recommend it!
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161 of 165 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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72 of 75 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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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful By handydandymandi 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By chris avery on August 22, 2014
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This is the best "even a monkey can do it" stain I have ever used! I've now used this on end tables, a mid-century modern dresser, my bathroom cabinets and a kitchen in a house we flipped! A little goes a LONG way, and the color is beautiful. If you are going for that dark not black, but not brown look that goes with grey...this is the one! People say you can use old socks to apply this, I don't like getting may hands messy, so I just use a disposable brush. It's thick (think pudding), so it's easy to handle and doesn't get all over the place. (I stained my bathroom cabinet doors on my kitchen table with nothing underneath and nothing covering the area rug...I know, I live on the edge) It also doesn't take a lot of prep work, clean it, rough it up if you want and start staining! My kind of stuff (lazy)!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amethyst on August 2, 2014
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I stained all the cabinets in my medium sized kitchen recently. The originals were a very faded walnut color. I started on an inconspicuous cabinet door and originally tried the sock method for applying and still had streaky results after 4 coats. I was quite annoyed that my cabinets would be requiring so much work to look mediocre. Fortunately, I went back to some DIY sites and saw that some users applied the stain with a brush. Bingo! After 2 coats, my cabinets look great, and don't look painted. The wood grain is very visible (which I wanted). I used a high quality paint brush and applied the stain in a very thin coat, allowed about 15 hours of drying time and applied another coat. I'm so glad I didn't waste product and time on the sock method. While it clearly works on some cabinets, it wasn't for me. I ended up with a deep brown color that isn't overwhelming. The product is messy, so don't underestimate the need for dropcloths, etc. And don't rush the project. Allowing the first coat to fully dry made a huge difference in the second coat. A good product to bring old cabinetry back to life, but I wouldn't want to do it again. It's a lot of work and requires more time and patience than I'd be willing to give again.
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