Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 9
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Matt 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.
April 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rebe 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.
April 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Doresoom 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.
January 5, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Paul Main Bathroom Cabinets
I had used the Minwax Polyshades and was very disappointed with how it turned out. I stripped and removed it and then went with the conventional staining using Minwax Dark Walnut stain. Best decision I made for the cabinets. They turned out beautifully. I applied the Helmsman satin on top to protect from UV and water. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.
February 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Debra 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 ...
March 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Melodysdad 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.
February 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Joshua 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.
November 22, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Woody Horrible
I tried this after being told gel stain is so much easier than regular stain. NOT TRUE. It does have a nice thick gel consistency which is easy to spread, but it is a total pain in the butt. I got the aged oak color, which is a very dark almost mahogany type color. I put it on my table and waited for about 3-4 minutes and started wiping it off, only to realize it had barely changed the color of the wood despite the fact that it was sanded down to bare wood and ready to stain. I decided to leave it on for a couple more minutes and within that time, it dried to the consistency of very sticky chewing gum. Then I had a horrible mess on my hands and it literally took me hours to remove with a scraper, mineral spirits, and chemical remover.
Maybe this was user error, but this was the biggest mess and ended up taking me HOURS longer since I had to remove this and start over by sanding down to bare wood again. I also had to go back and buy regular stain, so it was double the price. I honestly wanted to cry with all the EXTRA WORK. It might be easier to control since it doesn't run, but NO THANK YOU.
August 9, 2014