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General Finishes JQ Gel Stain, 1 quart, Java

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  • Gel Stains are heavy-bodied, and so do not penetrate as deeply into the wood as liquid oilbase stains do
  • They are often less affected by the condition of the wood
  • You can get a more even appearance on difficult woods such as aspen or pine
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Gel Stains are heavy-bodied, and so do not penetrate as deeply into the wood as liquid oilbase stains do. Becaues of this, they are often less affected by the condition of the wood, and can help you get a more even appearance on difficult woods such as aspen or pine.

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Part Number JQ
Item Weight2.2 pounds
Product Dimensions5 x 5 x 5 inches
Item model numberJQ
Size1 quart
ColorJava
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Required?No
  
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ASINB001DSY50Y
Best Sellers Rank #505 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableJune 22, 2008
  
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230 of 239 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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136 of 142 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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174 of 184 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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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By DIYdiva on October 1, 2013
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I wanted new kitchen cabinets but couldn't afford them. The ones I had were that honey oak color that was once so popular but now just screams OLD!!! Well, this gel stain has worked miracles. My cabinets are now beautiful and some of my friends are even inspired and ready to redo their own. I tried using the cloth and the foam brush and could see no difference between the two so, for me, it's easier to use the brush. That's just my preference. I'm not done with the whole kitchen yet because I've just retired and I can take my time so I do one door at a time. This product is also amazing on vertical surfaces with no drips or runs. My cabinets were in good shape and are wood so it seemed a shame not to try to update them. My thoughts going in to this were that I really wanted dark cabinets but if this didn't work I would just go ahead and paint them. Luckily this worked out great.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 16, 2013
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After taking forever to research how to paint my vanity cabinet, including speaking with several "professionals" at various paint stores, I was crushed that I would never get the deep rich color I wanted because the best enamels aren't available in a deep base. Even after telling them that I had completely sanded down to bare wood, not one suggested stain. I've used regular stain in the past and it was thin and runny with terrible fumes, and still didn't give the depth I wanted. This is not that kind of stain! In the container it's like thick pudding, and like others have said, a little goes a very long way. I had already used zinzer 123 as a primer, so I was worried about how it would cover over the white primer. Worried for nothing, as the Java Gel Stain has covered very nicely. The first coat is important, because your stroke marks will become sort of grain lines, where the movement of light and dark coloring will lay. The stain gave the laminate end piece of the vanity a beautiful grain with the way my arm moved during application. I did do 4 coats, and because I'm a working mom, I didn't have any trouble with the dry time. It was one coat each night for a week. First coat was with a sponge brush, and I didn't like how that worked at all. Second coat was with a rag, and it was better. Third coat I decided to stop being a pansy and just use the sock. Works like a charm! I don't have men's socks, so I used a short sock from the mismatched pile and it worked just fine. (The fourth coat might have been for the fun of it once I figured that out.) There were some tiny little white spots where the stain didn't rub down into the divot of the grain, but 10 minutes with a fine tip artist brush and I had them all touched up.Read more ›
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