This Gel Stain (1 QUART SIZE) from General Finishes is quite possibly one of 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- we have even used chip brush.
The foolproof finishing system! Just wipe on with a clean cloth and you're ensured of professional quality results without brush marks. Stains dry to the touch in minutes.
If you want a darker color, apply another coat of stain in only 6 hours. Once you're satisfied with the color, apply General Finishes's satin gel topcoat finish. Special formula repels dust between coats. No sanding needed between coats and no unpleasant smell.
Note: Coded as a flammable substance by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Can not be shipped by air or through the postal system
How To Apply the Oil Base Gel Stain Applying the gel stain is a simpler process than traditional stains that require sanding between coats. Before you apply your stain however you should prep your piece to ensure the stain covers correctly.
Clean the surface you plan to stain Sand the surface. The suggested grit is 120-150 grit, you want to make sure that any existing finish that might be peeling is removed so the stain applies to the actual project surface.
Apply the gel stain liberally with either a cotton cloth, natural bristle brush or a poly foam brush. (Be sure to test a small area of your project to make sure it is the finish you want and that the application method you've chosen is working well for you.)
Wipe off the gel stain going with the grain using a clean dry cotton cloth or high quality paper towels.
Let it dry, between coats give you project a chance to dry. Drying time varies based on the size and nature of your project as well as the environment it's located in. Normally drying time ranges from 6 to 12 hours.
Repeat Steps 3-5 IF you want more coverage or you want a deeper/richer finish. It is recommended to protect the top with using either the General Finishes Satin or Matte High Performance Top Coats available here on our website OR use your Annie Sloan Wax if you already own it. Annie's wax over the Gel Stain would be best for a piece like a side table. If doing your dining table- go with the High Performance Top Coats.
Please note- there are NO RETURNs. You will find this for every stockist. But think about it- would you ever want a quart of paint or your American Oak Gel sent to you - that was shipped to someone else prior? We eliminate any potential issues with this policy.
With that said- we apologize for any issues this may cause. Choose wisely and do not spontaneously purchase a color if unsure. OK? In fact- if you need help in deciding- ask us. We are here to help you!
California Proposition 65
Attention California Residents:
California's Proposition 65 entitles California consumers to special warnings for products that contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm if those products expose consumers to such chemicals above certain threshold levels. We care about our customers' safety and hope that the information below helps with your buying decisions. The general Proposition 65 notice is as follows:
WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
In addition, there are specific warnings for the following specific products:
Tools, Electrical Cords, Buffing Compounds & Finishing Products
California requires the following notice:
WARNING: Some dust created by power sanding, sawing, grinding, drilling, and other construction activities contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Some examples of these chemicals are:
lead from lead-based paints, crystalline silica from bricks and cement and other masonry products, and arsenic and chromium from chemically treated lumber.
Your risk from exposure to these chemicals varies, depending on how often you do this type of work. To reduce your exposure, work in a well-ventilated area and with approved safety equipment, such as dust masks that are specially designed to filter out microscopic particles.
California requires the following notice:
WARNING: The wires of this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.
Buffing Compounds & Finishing Products
California requires the following notice on buffing compounds & finishing products that contain progesterone:
WARNING: This product may contain progesterone, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer. Consult with your physician before using this product.
Use: Interior and Exterior Coating Needs: Normally 1 to 2 (additional coats can deepen the stain color) Dry Time/Re-coat Time: 6 to 12 hours Ideal Drying Conditions: 70° and 70% humidity Cure Time: 14 Days Application Method: Wipe on, foam brush, natural bristle brush or paint pad applicator. Clean-Up: Mineral Spirits Coverage: 200sq ft/qt Recommended Uses: Any wood project or fiberglass doors Coverage: 200 sq ft Dry Time: 6-12 hrs Size: Quart For a Material Safety Data Sheet click here => http://go.rockler.com/msds/general-finishes-oil-base-gel-stains-msds.pdf