Model # 66100

Internet #202061480

Store SKU #286587

Minwax 1 qt. Hickory Gel Stain


1 qt. Hickory Gel Stain

  • Designed to give you full control over the staining process
  • Non-drip formula makes it ideal for vertical application
  • Highly rated for great looking results (see reviews)
$1576 /each
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Product Overview

The Minwax 1 qt. Hickory Gel Stain No. 610 is ideal for use on many types of surfaces, such as wood, metal and fiberglass. It can be applied using either a natural bristle brush, foam applicator or cloth and 1-can is designed to cover up to 200 sq. ft. depending on the surface type. Its non-drip formula makes it ideal for vertical application.

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  • Recommended for use on wood surfaces
  • Can be used on fiberglass and metal
  • Formulated for easy application with either a natural bristle brush, foam applicator or cloth
  • Non-drip formula provides a rich, uniform color
  • 1-can covers up to 200 sq. ft.
  • Recoat after at least 8 hours
  • Dry time is approximately 24 hours
  • Get the right stain for your project - click here for a buyer's guide
  • Actual paint colors may vary from on-screen and printer representations
  • Online Price includes Paint Care fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, MN, OR, RI, VT

Info & Guides

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Container Size
1 QT-Quart
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)


Application Method
Color Family
Browns / Tans
Dry to touch (min.)
Number of coats recommended
Paint/Stain Base Material
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Mineral Spirits
Paint/Stain Key Features
Top coat required
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
Shellac, Lacquer & Polyurethane
Substrate/Surface Use Type
Time before recoating (hours)

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty

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Customer Questions & Answers

can this be used on a fiberglass exterior door?

Asked by: db
Yes, it can make sure you read the can , it tells you what kind of poly to use after drying
Answered by: KC
Date published: 2017-05-22

Can this be used outdoors AND can it be applied to concrete?

Asked by: Drea
Hello. Yes, this product can be used interior/exterior however all of our products are designed for wood surfaces only. Regards, Minwax Customer Support
Answered by: MINWAX
Date published: 2017-08-07

Can this be used on top of Thompson water seal to change the color?

Asked by: Baba
Thompson water sealer has to be reapplied every year or so, especially in the high traffic areas , so I don't don't see why you couldn't use it for that, we are trying that this year, we also redid our cedar post with this stain and it turn out awesome and it had Thompson water sealer on them
Answered by: Kc
Date published: 2017-05-22


can this product be used over already painted white moldings without stripping the moldings first?
Asked by: Melissa
I have used this product on many things including white painted molding. If you brush it in one direction it mimics wood grain.Try it on a test piece first to see if it looks good to you.
Answered by: namenik
Date published: 2017-08-07
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Customer Reviews

1 qt. Hickory Gel Stain is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used to create faux wood garage door look I got the idea to use this gel stain to paint my metal garage door to look like wood. I'm thrilled with the results. Power washed the door, painted the gel stain on, still need to cover it with a poly topcoat but made my door look like new! Only took about 3 hours start to finish and total cost was under $20 for stain and brushes.
Date published: 2015-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stained logo into wood with this stain I used this gel stain to stain my wife's logo on to wood. I attached a 1 minute video of how I did it. I tried a few different tests beforehand, and decided to use shellac as a pre-stain.
Date published: 2015-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it We had tired 80's looking blond cabinets.I used Hickory stain and darkened them up with a slight shine. I loved it so much I did both bathrooms, dining chairs, laundry room cabinets. Currently eyeballing hubbies oak pool table ...
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great on Pine I used this on a pine bench I made from dimensional lumber. I applied the Minwax wood conditioner first, and selected a gel stain since pine is prone to being blotchy. After following the directions, I got great results! Some notes on the existing reviewers' squabbles: - This gel stain IS meant to be wiped off after a few minutes. Just about all stains except for products like Polyshades are meant to have the excess wiped off a few minutes after initial application. Don't believe me? Go look up Minwax's instructions on their website. - The gel stain will start to get gummy after about 5 minutes. Work fast, or you will have a mess on your hands, as one reviewer noted. Their problem was that they waited too long to remove the stain in hopes that it would turn out darker. For a darker result, the instructions specifically state that a second coat should be applied.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not tecommended The stain looked terrible when applied. It said to leave it on 3-5 minutes, and wipe off excess stain. Yeah, right. No wiping was possible. I let it sit for 6 minutes longer, then used paint thinner to remove all of it, and it left a good color. I varnished it, and it turned out beautiful.
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely the best and easist stain highly recomend easier than any stain ive ever used must for refinishing cabinets
Date published: 2014-07-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Warning: do not use this product This product was recommended to me to avoid "drips" while staining. I'm not sure who has issues with drips while staining, but I sure didn't when I had to completely re do my project and use normal stain after first trying this gel stain. All this does is turn into a sticky mess and you will have to sand down again and restart your project from scratch. Waste of money and massive waste of time, just use normal stain to start with and avoid a huge amount of frustration.
Date published: 2016-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from User Error Another review here from "Woody" gave a very negative review of the product based on user error. Gel stain is much easier to apply and get a uniform color with than other stain types- especially for pieces that are already stained and you're wanting to refresh or "upcycle" them. Gel stain doesn't need to penetrate the wood like other stain types, so it sits more on the surface which enables a more consistent color than liquid stains which seep into the wood at varying depths (and therefore produces varying color). Gel also is easier to work with as it doesn't drip, run or streak like liquid stains. Woody's bad experience and subsequent negative review stemmed from his improper use of the product. He seemed to be under the impression that you *wipe off* the stain after a few minutes. You do not wipe off stain- whether it be gel, oil or water based. You apply it in several coats and then you apply a protective coating on top of it. Had he actually read the instructions on the back of the can or consulted a Home Depot employee before winging it, he would have had a much better experience. As for the gel stain in question here, it's a good product I just wish a wider range of colors were available in gel form. If you're looking for more variety you may have to look at a local wood working shop.
Date published: 2014-11-22
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