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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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Product Description

Size: 1 quart | Color: Java

Gel Stains are heavy-bodied, and so do not penetrate as deeply into the wood as liquid oilbase stains do. Because 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.

Product Information

Size:1 quart  |  Color:Java

Technical Details

Part Number JQ
Item Weight 2.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 5 x 5 x 5 inches
Item model number JQ
Size 1 quart
Color Java
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

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ASIN B001DSY50Y
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4.8 out of 5 stars 1,502 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #396 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#1 in Home Improvement > Painting Supplies & Wall Treatments > Paint, Stain & Solvents > Wood Stain
Shipping Weight 2.2 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 Available June 22, 2008

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Size: 1 quartColor: Java Verified Purchase
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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Size: 1 quartColor: Java Verified Purchase
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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Size: 1 quartColor: Brown Mahogany Verified Purchase
Great product! I combined the Brown Mahogany and the Java stain to get the exact color I was looking for. I brushed the stain on with a clean painters rag and then used the "wipe off" method with a different clean rag, as I hated leaving visible streaks or blotchy-ness during drying. I treated every coat like it was the top coat, making sure to not leave any blobs or streaks and just let a little bit of color soak in with every coat. It took more coats, more stain, and a little more time, but it was much easier to control the look/color this way.

I cleaned my cabinets first with Lysol dual action wipes and then gave it a good sanding with a 100g sanding sponge. If you mess up, 100g sand paper will take off all the stain and take you back down to bare oak, so don't be discouraged if you need to start a piece over. Always be sure to sand in the direction of the grain.

I did about 3 coats of the Brown Mahogany first to get that rich red tone, and then used about 2-3 coats of the java on top just to darken it up a bit. The hardest part was making sure all of my cabinets were the exact same shade and matched one another. I played around with light a lot, making sure to view the cabinets in the natural daylight as well as the artificial lighting that was going to be in my kitchen at night.

To help, the first 2 pictures I've uploaded of the doors are JUST after the Brown Mahogany finish. It shows the original medium oak door and then another door with about 3 coats of Brown Mahogany (wipe off method). The last 2 pictures show the finished product with another approx. 3 coats of Java Gel stain and the Urethane top coat (3 coats) on top. VERY satisfied with the results!
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Size: 1 quartColor: Java Verified Purchase
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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Size: 1 quartColor: Java Verified Purchase
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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