|Item Weight||8.8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3 x 3 x 3 inches|
|Item model number||JH|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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General Finishes JH Gel Stain, 1/2 pint, 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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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.
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.
This might be a bit over the top to say, but the finish is a bit amazing. The stain is very smooth to the feel after it dries.
Important note: avoid the mistake I made and don't over-sand--at least not unless you want a lighter color. The instructions recommend no more than 150 grit sandpaper. I used 220 grit on a cabinet I made and it did not go on as dark as it could have. I also stained a pre-sanded cabinet door that was not as smooth and the stain went on darker (perfect, actually).
Overall, this is great stuff. If you resist the temptation to glob it on and if you don't over-sand it is even better. One other thing: to me, the smell is very tolerable (I actually kind of like it) and not overpowering at all.
I was staining my bathroom cabinets. They were originally a honey brown, and when all 4 coats were on and dry, they are almost a black.
It is extremely easy to use. Prep work is minimal; just some light sanding (I was told to spend no more than 30 seconds on a drawer front and 1 minute on a cabinet front). Odor is minimal. My bathroom is poorly ventilated, and I completed my project in the winter (I was not able to open the windows). You can even use the stain in high humidity. This is the only bathroom in the house and I was able to shower between coats.
I was looking at other staining kits sold in big-box stores. These kits required tons of prep work, and ventilation. I am glad I went this route.
If I had to do it again, I would certainly purchase this product. However, I would use thinner coats. I think I was a bit heavy-handed because I was afraid it wouldn't get as dark as I wanted to (and you will think that when you are on coat 1 or 2) but I would have rather done a few more lighter coats than minimal heavy coats.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am obsessed with this stuff! Makes it so easy to stain and cuts staining time significantly. Be sure to use a satin gloss over too!Published 3 days ago by Ivy-Rose Garcia
at this point, I feel like I've painted half my Goodwill furniture with this stain. its so easy to use because it doesn't bleed (like at all) and it requires zero prepping... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tanya
This stain is amazing. A little goes a long way. The color is so nice. Just make sure to wear gloves and let each coat dry completely before starting the next coat!Published 7 days ago by Ko
I used this product to refinish some older furniture and it worked great! My furniture looks updated and beautiful, even though I am a complete novice. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Annie C.
Applies easily and looks fantastic. I'm ready to refinish anything I can get my hands on.Published 19 days ago by NJ Mom
Great product! I've never used any thing like it.the finish is beautiful.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
First two coats I put on really light. 3rd coat ended up making it look okay. Then I put on a slightly heavier coat and it looked perfect. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer