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|Item model number||JQ|
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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. 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.
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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!
The hardware was $2 for each handle. I also added soft closing hinges for the cabinets ($3.12 each).
Contractors have mistaken this for a $10,000 upgrade.
I also updated the bathroom cabinets as well shown below. I was able to finish the bathroom (3 coats) and put 2 coats on in the kitchen with one gallon.
I used a matte finish polyurethane for the kitchen cabinets and a gloss finish for the bathroom cabinets.
Here are some things I learned while doing my project.
1.) No, letting it sit longer won't save you time/coats. On my first piece of banister I decided that I was smarter than everyone else and I'd just let it soak in. The stain dried and I spent the next few hours with steel wool trying to get it off. Apply generously and then WIPE IT OFF after like 5-10 minutes tops.
2.) I began with a paint brush. Pshhh. No. Put on some latex gloves, then throw a sock over your hand and go to town that way. You'll still need something smaller for hard to reach areas but don't waste your time trying to be fancy. Use a sock.
3.) You will want to finish with a poly coat over top to prevent the stain from fading or coming off. But wait a few days. You will notice spots in different areas in different lights at different angles. Give yourself time to notice these spots and fix them before you make it permanent.
Also to anyone considering another brand... Don't do it. We tried minwax gel stain initially and we were very unhappy with the results. We almost gave up on the project after that but the GF gel stain was much better.
We clean the area with a denatured alcohol/water mixture, sand lightly to get any top coat off, then we apply the gel stain with a sponge brush and wipe excess off with a sock. Use gloves and wear old clothes for every step!! Any stain that gets on walls, tile, or any other unwanted surface, can be removed easily with a magic eraser pad.
After we applied the stain to our liking, and waited for all layers to dry completely, we used a wipe on clear poly. We used the muted kind, not shiny. Although, the seats of the chairs look shiny because we used 3 layers of poly on that area. We applied the poly with a sock as well.
We wanted to see through some areas of the stain, so we used a fine metal cleaning pad to buff some areas lightly before applying the poly.