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Old 04-24-2019, 11:37 AM   #1
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Gel stain on existing cabinetry


Does anybody have experience using General Finishes gel stain on their cabinets? I have some really nice oak cabinets with an old honey oak finish that I want to update with a darker stain. I want to keep the grain so don't want to paint therefore gel stain seems like a good option.

As I understand, you just clean well and give a light sand and then apply the stain, one or two coats, then a few coats of a top finish.
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I'm the wrong one to ask about gel stains - I don't like them and rarely use them. I have gotten good results tinting poly [like Minwax PolyShades] to darken existing stain a shade or three. It does need to be applied evenly!
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I'm one who typically strips and refinishes so I can't really comment as well. That said, if I were to do this, I think I'd practice on something other than the cabinets first.
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I'm practicing on spare doors. It's actually looking good so far.
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Be sure to give the stain plenty of time to dry, if the stain isn't completely dry brushing on oil base poly can cause it to lift/smear. Waterbased poly may not adhere well to stain that isn't completely dry.
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I used them on kitchen cabinets for a vacation home. We cleaned really well, then very lightly sanded. We applied 3 thin coats allowing it to completely dry. Then applied poly. We love it. You can still see the wood grain. I will see if I can find a picture.
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I used them on kitchen cabinets for a vacation home. We cleaned really well, then very lightly sanded. We applied 3 thin coats allowing it to completely dry. Then applied poly. We love it. You can still see the wood grain. I will see if I can find a picture.
Very nice. I am currently halfway through my project. So far it's looking great but it is a lot of work.

How long did you let your wood dry after each coat? Did you find the poly removed any of the stain when you applied it?
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I let my cabinets dry one day between each application. It took 3 coats for me. The last coat dried over a weekend while I was away. I didnt have any problems of the stain coming off when I applied several coats of poly,
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Water based polys don't normally lift/smear stain, it's only when brushing an oil base poly over the stain that there is a possibility for lifting.
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