|Item Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||5 x 5 x 5 inches|
|Item model number||JQ|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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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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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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'll post pictures if i get around to it. I can't believe how good this stuff is. We tried Minwax...not even in the same league. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by billme123
It isn't as easy to use as a paint. I watched several tutorials on how to apply the Java gel and different methods no matter what I did I wasn't satisfied. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Amazon Customer
This stuff is amazing to work with. I have very little experience with conventional stain other than I was allergic to it and that it was very messy and took many coats. Read morePublished 1 day ago by TDP
I never used stain before and I absolutely love this! So easy - I brush it on and leave it...really no surface prep either! 2 coats and done...Published 2 days ago by Daustin40