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Java Gel Stain, 1/2 Pint

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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 JH
Item Weight9.9 ounces
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Item Package Quantity1
  
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Best Sellers Rank #1,839 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableJanuary 25, 2010
  
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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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The Product worked great and was very easy to use.
rebecca anderson
I stained my bathroom cabinet with this and it came out looking brand new!
R Kinney
The color after 3 coats is a very dark brown - almost black.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Phun on November 14, 2012
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We tested this out on an old bathroom vanity - as we are over-capitalized on our home and just can't afford a full bathroom remodel. I lightly sanded the vanity, applied 4 coats of stain (allowing them to dry at least 24 hours between coats)with a foam brush, and switched out the vanity hardware. BEAUTIFUL! Our vanity looks brand new and very contemporary! This is a huge upgrade from that 90's "golden oak" color that is everywhere in our house.

We were so pleased that we bought a quart size to use on the kitchen cabinets. This is the ONLY stain that you can buy which will give you that lovely espresso color. I've tried an "espresso" liquid stain and a "java" liquid stain. I have no idea why they don't work but there is something magic about this gel stain that makes a difference. Truly amazing.

Tips:
1. A little goes a long way. I mean it.
2. Be cautious to remove all swirls/brush streaks before allowing to dry. You'll have to sand them out and will really struggle to get a uniform stain after sanding a small section.
3. Corners and joints in the wood really soak up the stain. I used a clean, old, sock to wipe in the corners so they didn't end up black.
4. Don't think that putting an extra generous, thick coat will speed up the process. You'll end up with a gloppy looking finished product. Trust me, do the light coats that dry completely. 4-5 light coats will make everything look brand new! 2 thick coats will make you regret it.
5. Oh...and before I let a coat dry for the day, I took a nice,VERY LIGHT, wipe of a sock over the whole surface. It might make you sick because it looks like it removes all the stain, but it keeps the stain from building up too thick. You'll be glad you took the time to do this step.

Good luck.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on December 3, 2012
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This product was so easy to use! I applied the stain with a men's sock, which prevented streaks. I also applied it right over white paint. There was no need to strip the paint. Which made the job so must easlier and faster. Love this product. Will purchase it again, again, anytime I have another stain job!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PaisleyDots on November 30, 2012
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I used this gel to stain our ugly honey-oak colored builder's grade bathroom vanity. After a light sanding and 3 coats of stain, it looks like a much more expensive piece. The color after 3 coats is a very dark brown - almost black. Product was super easy to apply. We couldn't be happier!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Ansley on July 7, 2010
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It works, does just what it is supposed to do and it so easy to use
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By christy on September 15, 2013
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I got this product as a recommendation from pintrest and I'm so glad I did! This little 1/2 pint was able to cover a hutch I was re doing with some left over. I recommend applying it with a sock so you can apply and blend all at the same time since it drys so so quick!
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Mitchell on July 19, 2010
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This is an excellent product. Easy to work with and results in a pleasing color if wiped off. Do be sure to follow the directions on the can for application. It starts to set up in minutes because of the urethane in it. Personally, I use this gel stain to build up to the black/brown finish that is popular today. Just two coats of Java gel stain without wiping and one thin coat of ebony stain, again no wiping, and the black/brown finish is created. Use at least two coats of a wipe-on poly to seal in the color. For the black/brown finish, this gel stain works best with woods like oak and ash that have distinctive grain. With smooth wood, brush strokes will be evident when the product dries and that adds light sanding to the job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Megan M. on May 9, 2013
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Doing a Pinterest project with this and it is so easy to use!! I was terrified about restaining a dresser and this made it super easy! Looks great!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne on November 16, 2012
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Awesome product! Did everything I wanted and then some!
This product saved me hundreds of dollars because I did not have to replace the old cabinet.
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